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    Re: Show us your honey labels!

    I'm not selling my honey, but I definitely have enough to trade or give away as presents so I made an amusing label for the top of the jar.
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    Re: The bees are out today

    I don't think I've seen them out at 31 F but I have seen them out in the 40's on a sunny day, bee poop spots on the snow. My bees are mutts and come in many shades, but mostly dark. Some are...
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    The bees are out today

    Just a couple of weeks ago we had minus 10 F temperatures. It didn't get out of the thirties for at least a week. Lots of cold and then wind. Ugh. Today we are in the upper sixties and I have...
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    Re: Is Roundup as safe as we have been told?

    I've been using a grass killer for years. It'll hurt some things but leaves most dicots alone.
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    Re: Huge wasp attacking bees

    I use yellow jacket traps with meat in them. The meat attracts the yellow jackets, which are my biggest problem, and they also attract the large predatory wasps. It doesn't attract bees nor does it...
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    Re: What Kind of Bee is this?

    I'm fairly certain that's a leaf cutter bee. I get quite a few of them up here.
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  7. Re: Denver area beeks - how does your honey production look for 2014?

    I got two medium supers mostly full on one hive and one super full on another. The other three hives are new this year, but they filled two deeps each so are good for the winter.

    The honey...
  8. Thread: Bee dancer

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    Re: Bee dancer

    Wayne, you aren't the only one. I thought it was beautiful.

    Tabby
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    Re: Denver area honey color in 2014

    Thanks so much for the replies from Colorado!

    I was cleaning the last bit of the honey from the buckets with my finger and found it really had a good lasting honey taste. :)
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    Re: Denver area honey color in 2014

    Yes, we had huge fields of it nearby. I only ever see this when we get good summer rains and the last time I saw good summer rains and lots of yellow clover was years before I had bees.
    My dutch...
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    Re: Denver area honey color in 2014

    I figured I'd post some pictures. I have 71 pounds of this honey.
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    Re: Denver area honey color in 2014

    I thought about that since it is the same color as sugar honey, but my spouse says it's doesn't taste like sugar honey. We fed the bees a lot during our first year and took some of that honey off....
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    Denver area honey color in 2014

    I just got done bottling up this years honey from my hives and it's the lightest colored honey I've ever seen. Some years it's very dark.
    I'd heard from one other beekeeper that he was seeing light...
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    Re: Colorado native bee identification

    It could be Hunt's Bumble Bee, which are common in Colorado. There's lots of them in my yard.
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  15. Thread: Pollination

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    Re: Pollination

    I haven't paid attention to the exact times, but I know the bees do the squash in the morning and are done sometime in the afternoon, if not earlier. They may even finish in the morning.
    If 1.5...
  16. Thread: Pollination

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    Re: Pollination

    I've seen honeybees try to pollinate squash, but they were chased off by the native squash bees. My squash and other cucurbit flowers are often full of these bees.
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    Re: Are You In The Closet?

    You're asking if people should deliberately deceive others?

    I guess it does depend on the reason. My daughter logs on gaming sites as a guy because of the severe harassment she would get...
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    Re: Bee and neighbor problem

    A "bee" that attacks without provocation sounds like a yellow jacket to me.
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    Re: Mosquito Control is a Killer!!

    I would have thought the spraying would be more effective at dusk when the mosquitoes are out and the bees are in.
    Some places go with Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis for mosquito control with...
  20. Thread: is this normal

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    Re: is this normal

    Looks like my hives every afternoon. It looks like they are circling upwards. Orientation flights.
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    Re: bee pond a mosquito haven

    I agree with the above. Mosquito dunks are safe for bees. The dunks are only deadly for mosquito larva and some closely related species such as fungus gnats.
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    Re: Collecting cool apiary photos - care to add?

    When I looked at Barry's photo on Photobucket and enlarged it to full size, I saw bees in entrances. But I would have thought I would see more.
  23. Re: State suspends pesticide operator's license after bee deaths

    Aphids are fragile and blasting with plain water will do much to get rid of them. I use this method on my 400+ roses. Unfortunately the aphids also reproduce incredibly fast so it has to be repeated.
  24. Thread: House Wrens!

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    Re: House Wrens!

    I'm not sure they'll be gone in a week. Either that or the ones I have under my solar array keep making more babies.
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    Re: Orientation flights - Pics

    I have to pick my position to watch them since the foragers can take off like a bullet and smack me in the face. There's a LOT of forage right now, plus they make a bee line to my water gardens so I...
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