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    Re: bright orange pollen

    Last Monday our girls were bringing in a large amount of orange pollen in the morning, baskets filled so they looked like they might burst, with most of the bees carrying it. That was in the...
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    Re: What is it you love most about beekeeping?

    My wife is usually hard to distract when doing chores. But then we got the bees, and I set up a telescope on the front porch so we could watch the comings and goings.

    She's addicted to it.

    I...
  3. Thread: Purple Pollen

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    Re: Purple Pollen

    I have worked under the vain theory that if I could spot the pollen basket color on the bees while they are actively foraging on the flower it comes from, the mystery would be solved. But the bees...
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    Re: Purple Pollen

    An apiary down here (NE panhandle of WV) posts pollen color charts that might have some suggestions:
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    Re: bees grooming themselves

    The first time I photographed a bee with those serrated wingtips, I tried to identify the species. Apis mellifera has nice rounded wingtips in almost every published photograph. It took a while...
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    The Fee-Bees Nest

    We named our place the Phoebe's Nest. Actually, a little grey flycatcher called a Phoebe named it by nesting there every year. So when we got our bees, my joke to my wife was that the bear-cage...
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    Re: Powder Sugar Shake Mite Count

    Neat idea! In our area we tried every hardware store in town and nobody had #8. Finally went half way across the county to score some. You'll save a bunch of people hours of wasted time.
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    Re: Bees Chase Away Swallows

    Our bees share the poultry feeder with the Goldfinches quite peacefully.
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    Re: Newbie and Varroa Concerns and Fall Flow

    For that very reason I plan to treat this hive anyway, to see what the case really is. But I would expect the bulk of the brood they were cleaning out would be drones. They've had a few here and a...
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    Re: Newbie and Varroa Concerns and Fall Flow

    I'd say a sticky board natural drop is just a rough guide, but those numbers in 24 hours are enough to do a sugar roll.

    I have one hive that has been raining varroa onto the sticky board...
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    Re: When to Call it Quits

    HBH - Honey Bee Healthy, a syrup additive with essential oils (EO).

    SHB - Small Hive Beetle.

    My recommendation when dealing with us beginners: UNAB (Use No Abbreviations)
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    Re: Powder Sugar Shake Mite Count

    You want to shake or brush the bees for a powdered sugar roll off of brood, and the brood nest is pretty consistently active throughout the day.

    Let's get this straight ... your goal is to put...
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Hah, David Brin has the following link posted on LinkedIn. It scatters to many ideas we've talked about here, but down a ways into the rambling, evidently he's taken up beekeeping recently.

    No...
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    Re: Bees Chase Away Swallows

    My screen name here is based on the name of our place, "The Phoebe's Nest." It is named for a little flycatcher that always nests there. We've always figured the Phoebes would eat some of our bees....
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    Re: How did you get into beekeeping?

    "I was fascinated with everything that was going on inside these hives when I would check on them. I'm still learning new things to this day."

    I'm a first-year beekeeper, so this is certainly the...
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    Sticky: Re: Post your bloom dates 2014!

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    The bees are working it.
  17. Re: Stupid question: how many beekeepers are scared of bees?

    I was just watching a TV commercial for a new Rx drug. "may cause pain, swelling, itching, difficulty breathing, nervousness, sweating, and anxiousness."

    "Huh", I said to my wife. "Sounds like...
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    Re: Holy Cow they're thirsty!

    I've got 2-gallon top feeders on mine. We tend to mix 5:3 syrup as 10 cups sugar to 6 cups water, making about 3/4 gallon.

    Either of my hives can make that much vanish in under 24 hours. Of...
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    Re: new observation hive problems?

    Spooky followup ... about a dozen bees never went back in the hive when I closed it up Saturday night. I'd waited to after 10 PM, nice and dark. Well, tough luck girls. The hatch was closed and...
  20. Re: Can someone please tell me what kind of bees these are?

    Hah, I just found one of those nests tonight! Fortunately, it was in a plastic bag at the back of the club store-room, dead as a doornail, probably for some years. Wicked looking thing.
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    Re: hive beatles, how to treat w/o chemicals?

    An oil-sprayed IPM board works pretty well, too. I have the oil traps, too, and they seem to work, but I often have an IPM board sprayed with PAM in for mite counts, and it gets SHB adults and...
  22. Re: Stupid question: how many beekeepers are scared of bees?

    I just spent an hour or two in close company with a nuc in a small observation hive. They'd been closed up in that trap since Wednesday at the county fair. The fair closed today and I brought them...
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    Re: new observation hive problems?

    The last day of the fair was today, and we had the job of closing up the display. Our little obs hive was the one on display, with another fellow's bees in it. Poor things had been out there since...
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    Re: bees dragging out pupa. why?

    My personal, somewhat clumsy and inexperienced, record of removing drone pupae from capped cells is that yanking them by the head frequently decapitates them. Possibly that's because I'd just...
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    Re: spider eating bees

    The title of this thread is a bit ambiguous. I thought it might be about the wasps we have in our area that paralyze spiders to feed to their young. "Bees" that eat spiders.

    Maybe you need some...
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