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  1. Re: Bees love Echium wildpretii. (Tower of jewels)

    I'm sending you some seeds from my echium pininana tower to trade for some wild prettii seeds. I'm looking forward to getting some 'red' echium. 😀
  2. Re: Bees love Echium wildpretii. (Tower of jewels)

    I'll do that...do you want any seeds from this one?
  3. Re: Bees love Echium wildpretii. (Tower of jewels)

    [QUOTE=odfrank;1285876]If it is 13' tall I wonder if it is Echium pininana instead? You will be disapointed with it as a windbreak. They die after blooming.

    Hey Odfrank...Can you look at this...
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    Re: Bucket head Bee VAc

    I gotta agree, C2. The dimmer switch worked well for me on my very first time of sucking up some bees, even though the bees take a sharp 90 degree turn into the bucket, no dead bees! Thanks for the...
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    Re: I'm building another log hive...a big one

    My log hive mentor, Hal Strain, has come out with another log hive. Since he is pushing 80 and since he couldn't source an old log, he built one, out of full sized 1 x 12's. ...
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    Re: I'm building another log hive...a big one

    I was starting to doubt myself, wondering whether I would get a swarm this year. The few swarms that I saw were small. We even had a small(ish) swarm land on the log hive only to move on elsewhere....
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    Re: Bees pollinating Scotch Broom

    Yes, Bandon is a great place to live, retired or not. It's a small coastal town that doesn't get too cold in the winter or too hot in the summer. And there's plenty of forage for bees during the...
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    Bees pollinating Scotch Broom

    I wanted to see what the bees were getting into when they were covered with yellow pollen. I walked up the road to the blooming Scotch Broom and realized why they were covered in pollen. The bees...
  9. Thread: Macro Bees

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    Re: Macro Bees

    Yes, yes, yes...please make a little video. I'd love to learn how to shoot sharper bee macros.
  10. Thread: Macro Bees

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    Re: Macro Bees

    The photos are very sharp. Is it a lot of effort to photograph bees in the field? Can you take video with that system? Probably not because you need the flash to freeze the motion with the lens...
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    Re: I'm building another log hive...a big one

    Now we wait for a swarm to move in...
    http://solarbeez.com/2015/04/22/grand-opening-for-grand-kids-log-hive/
    Last year at this time we had had at least 3 swarms, the year before, we had had 4...
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    Re: I Pay Homage To My Bushkill Vac

    Thanks, Odfrank, that helps since I've got Warre's.
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    Re: How Far From Apiary for Swarm Trap

    I hung a bait hive on the very tree that had a feral colony of bees in it. Ten days later I had bees in it. I didn't use a swarm lure, but I did use some old comb and a little lemongrass oil.
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    Re: I Pay Homage To My Bushkill Vac

    Famous Odfrank Bushkill
    Is that home-built or something I can buy? I sure could have used it to pull a swarm off a small tree trunk today. As it was, we tried to sweep it into a 5 gal bucket, but...
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    Re: I'm building another log hive...a big one

    I don't use frames, I do use top bars. The bees will build their natural comb just like in a hollow tree. I won't be doing inspections. I've built this log hive for the bees, not for the honey. ...
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    Re: I'm building another log hive...a big one

    The wood carver has made some progress on the faces and I have made the quilt box so he can carve a structure to top it off.
    Here's some updated photos and a short video......
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    Re: I'm building another log hive...a big one

    Thanks, BeeMoose. I'll give updates as I get them from Brian and Zada Vorwaller (the couple that's working on it now.)
    In the meantime, here are a couple of 'prequels...'
    This first one is the...
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    Re: I'm building another log hive...a big one

    Thanks, Ray.
    I like your quote. :)
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    Re: I'm building another log hive...a big one

    For me, hollow logs are hard to find. It's tough (and probably illegal) to get them off the beach, so when I'm interested, I'll ask a tree trimmer or logger if they find a good log that's not too...
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    I'm building another log hive...a big one

    This log hive is being made from a Monterey Cypress that we had to cut down because of the danger of it to the house. Unbeknownst to me, it had a big rotten spot probably caused by someone pounding...
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    Re: Beekeeping on the Oregon Coast question

    I bought Michael Bush's book, "The Practical Beekeeper." That is where I learned there are over 32 kinds of mites in the hive. Consequently, if you are poisoning to kill varroa mites, you are...
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    Re: Beekeeping on the Oregon Coast question

    Did you get your questions answered? I just came across this thread. I've been keeping bees on the south central Oregon coast for about three years. I am basically a non-intervention natural...
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    Re: Is all of this management necessary?

    Most of my beekeeping friends are more into management of the hives for maximum honey production. I suppose I fit into the 'beekeeping idealist' category. I'm more of a "hands off" beekeeper. I...
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    Re: bees grooming themselves

    If I wanted to see your video, where would I go?
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    Re: bees grooming themselves

    I'm not too particular as to who poses for the video...I'm usually just lucky to keep a bee in the view finder while trying to hold the camera steady. :)
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