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    Re: What kind of weird bee is this?

    With the long antennae and thin stripes it looks like a squash bee. Its probably just attracted to the smell of the hive.
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    Re: Genetics and feed.

    I am looking for solutions not more problems. Like I said we've done the same in northern climates for 40+ years. Tremendous assumptions are made as you refer to farming as akin to gambling. I...
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    Re: May have Killed my best queen.

    I did that once with an untucked tshirt! I wont do that again. Chances are she is on a frame of eggs. I think you'll be okay.
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    Re: Honey with a minty taste

    I found it in my hives by accident last spring while pulling frames of honey making up nucs. Like Graperunner suggests, I was told it was from basswood / linden trees. It has a minty, almost...
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    Re: A video of my bees....are they fanning?

    Workers have several chemical pheromones. They may just be fanning pheromones for communication and not moisture. l like to see hives with different color bees, they are almost always my best hives...
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    Re: Zombie like bees discovered in VT

    So they know it's a phorid fly native to New England and not an introduced species from South America?
    http://abcnews.go.com/m/story?id=7592626
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    Re: No more wiring frames for me

    Yes, and was pleasantly surprised when I got a overwintered nuc from Kirk and it was a ten frame hive packed full of bees and brood! That's the hive that turned me into a beekeeper and not a bee...
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    Re: When is the best time to remove mice

    You could just place a mousetrap outside the hive and clean it out in the spring.
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    Re: Wild Beehive Art

    Whats worse is writing a book about beekeeping and having someone put a photo of a fly on the front cover!
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    Re: Painting the Edges/Lips of Your Boxes

    After the paint dries, I just rub the edges with a block of beeswax.
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    Re: Wintering on light or dark comb

    Perhaps the reason one would think old comb is better, when hiving a swarm with an older less productive queen a new young queen is getting started on the old comb. The workers in the parent hive...
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    Re: Wax moth eggs hatching in honey?

    Frank, by the sound of your description of the tar paper I think they are Indian meal moths (pantry moths) in your garage. They sometimes come in bags of grain, birdseed,etc. I could see one crawling...
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    Re: Which suppliers carry solid bottom bars ?

    Thanks for the replies. After coming across this site, I found its simple and cheap enough just to make my own. http://randalcarr.com/workshop/2012/02/make-your-own-frames-bottom-bars/
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    Re: Which suppliers carry solid bottom bars ?

    Yes, solid bottom bar frames.
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    Which suppliers carry solid bottom bars ?

    For those who use solid bottom bars, who do you buy them from? Thanks
  16. Thread: BEE inspector.

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    Re: BEE inspector.

    How would government officials regulate bee trees that may have AFB in your little domain? How would they find them? People with thick green lawns who are using to much chemical may pose a much...
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    Re: Bumblebee Colony

    This is a great book to learn how to keep bumble bees.
    http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/DG8484.html
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    Re: undergound hive near my honey bees

    Dputt, the bees in your photo are squash bees. They are great pollinators and are harmless to your hives.
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    Re: What is this green bee?

    It's a sweat bee.
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    How many times can you graft in CB?

    Can you add a frame of brood to a cell builder and graft more than once? Or do you just end up with a laying worker? Thanks!
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    Re: Bumbles

    It's most likely a bumble bee mimic (bee hunter, fly). They eat honey bees, but not enough to be a threat to your hive.
  22. Re: Will the constant use of swarm cells for re-queening and making increases...

    Harvest swarm cells from your hives that produce the most honey.
  23. Thread: fishing line???

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    Re: fishing line???

    With mediums it's not necessary. I have deeps without fishing line, but prefer fishing line in them. My bees seem to festoon to the line when building comb and it may help keep it straight.
  24. Thread: swarm advice

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    swarm advice

    I had a hive swarm yesterday and return to the hive, so I split it. This morning most of them must have returned to the parent hive and they swarmed this evening only to return again! What can I do...
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    Re: Introducing Virgin Queens

    I put together a mating nuc with a virgin and a few attendants in a Brushy Mtn. requeening frame today. Any suggestions of how long I should wait until I let her loose?
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