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    Re: Identify tree currently in Bloom?

    It's Kalopanax pictus, commonly called Castor-leaved Aralia. It's from Asia and is becoming invasive in the NE US.
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    Re: What is this insect?

    I believe it's a five banded tiphiid wasp. Nice find.
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    Re: bee forage for dearth

    At this point, I'd save my money from buying seed and buy cane sugar if they need some help. Plan now for planting mustard and sweet yellow clover in the Fall. It's a good time of year to kill...
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    Re: Is this some type of privett?

    Heteromeles arbutifolia, commonly known as Toyon
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    Re: Identify tree currently in Bloom?

    ok, then it's the closely related L. lucidum.

    from wiki..."Ligustrum lucidum is an evergreen tree growing to 10 m (33 ft) tall and broad."
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    Re: Identify tree currently in Bloom?

    Wax-leaf ligustrum (Ligustrum japonicum)
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    Re: Spraying for Ticks/Lawn Ferilizer

    [QUOTE=Westhill;1251396] So far no people have gotten it, but apparently they've found ticks there that have it in their system. [QUOTE]

    No cases have been found in CT, but there have been 64...
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    Re: Small Burnett

    I have no experience, but USDA cites... "Small burnet attracts bees (Ogle, 2011b) and is rated moderate as a honeybee food in New Zealand (Fryer, 2008)."

    "Bees are very active in seed fields when...
  9. Thread: Bush ID?

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    Re: Bush ID?

    I got it now, it's Cornus mas also known as “Cornelian Cherry”.

    Picture:
    https://soulsbyfarm.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/cornus-mas-corneliancherry-dogwood-in-bloom.jpg
  10. Thread: Bush ID?

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    Re: Bush ID?

    Looks like Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) to me.
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    Re: Yoshino or Kwanzan Cherry better for bees?

    The Yoshino's are the way to go here if you are looking to attract pollinator's. They produce pollen and nectar.

    The Kwanzan Cherry is grown only for it's numerous showy flowers. It does not...
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    Re: Scarifying goldenrod and aster seed.

    Scarification is not needed for these seeds.

    Assuming that all the seeds are viable (unlikely in these species), you can expect a 40-50% germination rate by doing nothing and planting in...
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    Re: What happened to my bees?

    It seems they ate all the honey, and starved to death. When was the last time you saw 100+ lbs of honey stored for the winter? A population that large can consume a lot of honey when they are active.
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    Re: What to do about Grasshoppers?

    CBoggs-Never had any problems with it around the bees. Because it is a naturally occuring bacteria that is host specific, it only affects the family Acrididae (grasshoppers), not Apidae (bees).
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    Re: I am so conflicted

    Herbicide effectiveness depends on 1 ) adequate plant contact; 2) absorption by plants; 3) translocation (i.e. movement) within the plants to the site of action, without deactivation; and 4) toxic...
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    Re: Please identify this wildflower for me!:-)

    It looks like Cressleaf Groundsel (Packera glabella) to me.
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    Re: Red Buckwheat

    The buckwheat's in this thread is referring to the native California buckwheats. They only grow in very specific climates mainly in Southern California, but some other areas in the SW may be able to...
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    Re: Trachelospermum Star Jasmine

    It is a common plant in the SE US, but as odfrank said, I too have never seen a bee on it. Nonetheless, it's a great plant for fragrance.
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    They would not be gathering propolis with that number of bees. It must be something sweet. I'm guessing they are getting honeydew from scale or aphids on the tree.
  20. Thread: Chinese Elm

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    Re: Chinese Elm

    Your bees will not be getting any nectar from the elm (it's wind pollinated), although the pollen is very high in protien when compared to other types of pollen, so keep feeding.

    I have never had...
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    Re: My first year

    A "good number of bees" does not give us an idea of how many. A couple of hundred, or a couple thousand? Did you see a queen? Will the bear be back? (they usually are)

    It does not sound good. My...
  22. Re: Maine Bee keep hive regression in process. Should I medicate this fall?

    You cannot determine if you need to treat by looking at how well your bees are doing now. You need to get a mite count. A 24 hour natural drop count or a powder sugar roll count will tell you if you...
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    Re: Flower Identification Please

    I agree with tsmullins. It appears to be Wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia). The Swamp Daisy or Swamp Sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius) flowers later in the season.
  24. Re: Is it possible to have too many bees heading into winter?

    Coming from your neck of the woods, it all sounds good. They will be cutting out/kicking out drones soon enough, so no need to be concerned there.

    It does sound like she is slowing down some, be...
  25. Thread: spider

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    Re: spider

    The only spider not welcome in my apairy are the Black Widows. They have a knack for wanting to build their nest under the lip of the hive covers. After having put my hand on them several times...
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