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    Re: Stingless bees in Belize/Guatemala

    You're probably thinking about apis mellifera, our cute little European Honey Bee. Plenty of other kinds of bees that are native to the Americas.
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    Re: Stingless bees in Belize/Guatemala

    Yeah I did feel like a real goober getting excited about bees in the middle of a vacation. My wife's eyes rolled back in her head when I wanted to get honey: "yeah, like we really need more honey at...
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    Re: Stingless bees in Belize/Guatemala

    The stingless bee honey tastes kind of like over-ripe cantaloupe, with a slightly fermented flavor. Kind of medicine-ey. Not what I'd call delicious.
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    Re: Stingless bees in Belize/Guatemala

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    Here are the honeys I bought - the small bottle of stingless bee honey was $20!
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    Stingless bees in Belize/Guatemala

    My family just returned from a trip to Belize, part of which was spent at a lodge near the Guatemalan border. We took a day trip to Tikal, a Mayan ruin, and on the way stopped at a small gift...
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    Re: Shaking out laying worker hive

    Thats really helpful, really appreciate your input.
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    Re: Shaking out laying worker hive

    Thanks - I know that they'll go back - my question is whether this is a good idea or if it puts the queen in the replacement hive at risk of being killed.
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    Shaking out laying worker hive

    One of my hives has a laying worker - bummer. I recently caught a swarm that's at another location and I plan to move to the yard with the LW hive. The swarm hive is fairly strong, probably five...
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    Re: Video of a bad 5 frame nuc?

    The good news is that you have what appears to be a good queen and lots of brood that can grow nicely (if fed like crazy now). The bad news is that you certainly didn't get what the seller says he...
  10. Re: New beekeeper... Requeening an aggressive hive

    I successfully re-queened an extremely aggressive hive using the push-in cage method. Make a cage of hardware cloth that's about 3" square with sides that are about 3/4" deep. Find a frame has...
  11. Re: Why are these bees so obsessed with this crack?

    Clearly they are crack addicts...
  12. Merging nuc with queenless hive - do it directly?

    I have a hive that I'm pretty sure is queenless and also have a 5 frame nuc with a strong laying queen and lots of bees. The hive is in two deeps. I"m going to verify that the hive is queenless,...
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    Re: push in cages.....

    You would have to manually release the queen by just removing the cage after a few days. I wonder why you'd do this though as just hanging the cage as you mention works just fine and is a lot less...
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    Need help diagnosing sick hive

    I took a look at a hive today that's at my kids school where there are three hives. Two are doing just fine, the third doesn't look so hot. I saw little open brood if any, and a fairly small amount...
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    When do queens emerge after a swarm?

    One of my hives swarmed a week ago today. My plan has been to simply leave it alone and let it requeen itself without being disturbed, but now I'm considering going into it and removing a frame with...
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    Vicious swarm today...

    Got back from the Giant's home opener today to find that one of my backyard hives had swarmed. It's that time of the year... yesterday I caught two other swarms nearby. As you can see, these bees...
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    Re: How to move a hive three feet

    Pick up hive, move three feet, put hive down. Don't worry what time you do it.
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    Re: Do you put weight on your top covers?

    yes. I had a telescoping cover blow off in a storm last year and the hive was flooded out thru the hole in the inner cover. I used to use the poly straps, but they just break after a while. Not I...
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    Re: Split without moving 2 miles.

    Way too much effort. I make splits and put them right next to the mother hive. Some bees may go back, but plenty won't. The idea that you "have" to move a split 2 miles is a myth. Your technique...
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    Re: Mite on virgin/newly mated queen

    Give it some time. If she's affected you'll prob see a lousy brood pattern. If she isn't and is cranking it out, don't worry about her.
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    Re: Mite on virgin/newly mated queen

    Since you don't want to treat I don't see what alternative you have. Wouldn't hurt to do a shake to see what your mite count is - even if you don't treat it's worth knowing what your counts are. ...
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    Re: Winter Losses or Success?

    Very mild winter here in NorCal, i only lost one out of 12 hives. Have already made several splits and this weekend harvested 140 lbs of honey taken from three hives.
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    Re: Combine queenless swarm with new split?

    Thanks to all - I took a look again today and no signs at all of a queen in the swarm. Meanwhile there were several nice queen cells in the split - uncapped with larvae in them. I went ahead and...
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    Re: Combine queenless swarm with new split?

    I made the split three days ago so there is no queen... Should only be uncapped queen cells now.
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    Re: Combine queenless swarm with new split?

    I don't really need any more hives, thus the thought of combining the split and swarm rather than adding a frame of eggs to the swarm. I'd just as soon have one stronger hive than two smaller ones. ...
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