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    Re: What are these critters in the hive?

    I think a Dermestid species, similar beetles in pics suggest Larder beetle or Warehouse beetle, both eating meat and dead insects. So yes carrion eaters!!
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    Re: What are these critters in the hive?

    I just did a google image search, and I'm not sure either beetle or grub is a Siphidae relative, quite different form and color. Will look up wax moths for sure.
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    Re: What are these critters in the hive?

    Thank you! My guess is the white larva is and obviously may be wrong, one that just molted.
    I've never seen wax moths here and these hives were frozen for weeks on end outdoors this winter....
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    Re: What are these critters in the hive?

    Hopefully this one's better. Hard to see clarity on tiny phone....
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    Re: What are these critters in the hive?

    Better pic...
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    What are these critters in the hive?

    The tb was left empty last summer, and while prepping for the incoming package found these. They don't look like small hive beetles. Any other ideas??
    I am just assuming the beetle and two...
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    Re: Cleaning the plexiglass?

    I was just going to write this question in, forgetting I already had. Thanks!
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    Cleaning the plexiglass?

    There's some wax and a bit of propolis on the plexiglass window. Enough discoloration to blur the bees.
    I'm thinking not a razor blade for fear of scuffing plexiglass.

    Any suggestions? Rubbing...
  9. Re: Older Little Wonder extractor questions

    Right on, thanks! Yes I saw it on the Dadant but couldn't figure out if they were selling someone else's product, now I see. Unsure if galvanized but it isn't rusty, just filthy from storage luckily.
  10. Older Little Wonder extractor questions

    I bought this extractor years ago and have had it in storage the whole time. I got big faster than planned and bought a larger extractor. Will try to add pics.

    Can you tell how many frames it...
  11. Anyone have pics of a covered apiary built on stilts?

    I've searched online without success. I believe that in my wet climate, a covered apiary will greatly benefit the bees and equipment during the rainy/snowy seasons. (Sept through April)

    I also...
  12. Re: Extraction questions regarding Maxant 1400 10/20 frame

    To I think it was wtm@, which had worked in the past. Thanks for clearing that up!
  13. Re: Extraction questions regarding Maxant 1400 10/20 frame

    Alright thanks for the responses. I think that's a great starting point.

    The honey I'm worrying about not spinning out is very much viscous, there are little patches of granulated (raspberry?)...
  14. Extraction questions regarding Maxant 1400 10/20 frame

    I've got a Maxant 20 frame extractor, the 1400p, and having a few issues and hoping others may have some ideas.
    This is the second season in use with 20 hives.

    The honey room is cooking hot and...
  15. Combining swarm to queenless tbh. Without newspaper?

    I have one queenless tbh, and thankfully just caught a big swarm to combine with it.
    I've placed this swarm on the "empty" side of the follower board and added a new entrance for them out the back....
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    Re: Any benefits to "bottom supering"?

    There's a benefit too, thanks.
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    Any benefits to "bottom supering"?

    A few years back I took a beekeeping course, where it was recommended to always bottom super (empty super placed right above brood chambers, and below all previously filled supers. Seemed like a pain...
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    Attacking bees - not africanized

    I've had bees for about ten years, and always have had them just steps from the front door as well as close to the chickens and pigs without any issues. About noon today I heard the pigs squealing,...
  19. Re: Balancing hives by switching positions?

    Thanks, and I did switch their locations and due to the viewing windows was able to see that most of the bees actually followed the hives!
    There are definitely more foragers in the weak hive, yet...
  20. Balancing hives by switching positions?

    Long story short is I keep my two topbars in a very windy location, and moved them up against the house for winter shelter. With a cold spring I left them there too long and once I moved them into...
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    Re: Golden Mean Full?

    My first tb was modeled after a Golden Mean. Way too small and we have a short season. It's almost like a swarm machine. Not good for a new beekeeper in my opinion.
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    Re: Will this work for orchard mason bees?

    Thanks for all the help there!
    I decided to purchase a pre made house with easily cleanable parts, probably the best bet for me.
    Will likely drill wood in the future once I get more knowledgeable...
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    Will this work for orchard mason bees?

    If I use bucked up sections of logs, around 18" in length and maybe 12-16" thick- can I simply drill a bunch of holes in the log then place it out in the orchard to attract mason bees?
    Seems they'd...
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    Re: concealing a colony in a shed or garage

    I get the feeling someone has never tried beekeeping in the dark then? They crawl along ground and crawl up your pants. It was one of my first beekeeping lessons learned, ouch.
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    Re: concealing a colony in a shed or garage

    In the photo I see sun hitting the hive through a window.
    Any thoughts on how a hive would do in a shed or building with just a cut entrance hole, no morning sun to heat up the hive? No winter sun,...
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