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  1. Thread: Drone issues

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    Re: Drone issues

    Odd that they'd do it this time of the year. I presume you'll do an inspection shortly to see if they're hungry or have some other obvious need.

    I'm sure they can do without them by now. I just...
  2. Re: these are parked outside my house right now...(derailment)

    Just thank your lucky stars that this was just empty fuselages. I'll bet three far more tragic aircraft downings are much on your mind as you look at them.
  3. Thread: Sugar dusting

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    Re: Sugar dusting

    Wow, thanks! That's about 1/10 the price of Aldrich.
  4. Re: Measuring varroa based on number found in brood

    I finally got around to picking some more drone-sicles off the green board. Just counting pupae that were purple-eyed or even closer to emerging, the total examined was 64. I have a guide that...
  5. Thread: Sugar dusting

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    Re: Sugar dusting

    Where are you getting the formic acid? My mentor uses the same method, but the solution a friend mixed for him is not in a well-sealed container and is likely getting weak. I found a writeup on the...
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    Re: bee sting alergy question

    For any interested, there's a free webinar on this topic tonight at 7 PM EDT

    https://venomallergywebinar.eventbrite.com.
    The 2014 Venom Allergies 101 webinar is sponsored by Mylan Specialty...
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    Re: Honey Bees on Lavender

    Some of the best pictures I ever got were of a single bee in late afternoon. I was trying to figure out what variety she was because her wings looked different ... serrated tips instead of rounded. ...
  8. Thread: Sugar dusting

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    Re: Sugar dusting

    Having recently done a whole slew of mite counts of various types, I finally opened up my notes and compared to the treatment threshold levels we were given in bee class.

    My vague recollection...
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    Re: Honey Bees on Lavender

    I've heard of that stacking method and want to try it on microscope shots, but it would be hard to get a bee to stay still that long.

    Their level of activity is the real test of my patience, and I...
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    Re: Honey Bees on Lavender

    Spectacular. I never get that much depth of field working that close, even with a DSLR. What are you using? What aperture?
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    Re: No food taste better than your own

    I got married 30-some years ago because of my wife's cookin'. She raised her own herbs. I'd been raised on spice and herbs from a jar and had no idea they could be so good.

    Then she took up...
  12. Thread: Sugar dusting

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    Re: Sugar dusting

    So I'm told. But I just had a hive go broodless (at least, down to nothing but a few capped drone cells, but as we know, they're the main problem). Just after combining them with a new nuc...
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    Re: Please post pics of your hive stands!!

    Santa, credit BeeSource member Charlie B. for that. He's been widely imitated. I actually found an example on YouTube before I found it here. Mine are slightly different, split so they can be...
  14. Re: Are they drinking the neighbors' Kool-Aid?

    Mariciano Honey ... sounds like an interesting specialty market.

    My mentor's bee-yard is at a local farm with a large cherry tree nearby. The farm owner tells me his daughter recently tried...
  15. Thread: Sugar dusting

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    Re: Sugar dusting

    Problem. Blender belongs to the wife, and she says "no." End of discussion. :(

    I may sneak a batch thru anyway. Experimenting with the duster in Virginia humidity, I want to compare the dusting...
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    Re: Trapout Base of Oak Tree

    I'm interested to see how this plays out. In our area, red and black oaks are prone to termite infestations. They develop a particular bulge in the lower 4-5 ft of trunk, not like a pretty trumpet...
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    Re: Supercedure Split to save Queen?

    Worth a try, but if the bees think the queen is a bum and needs superceeding, she'll still be a bum but a bum with a smaller hive. We went thru this recently. But a newspaper combine to put the...
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    Re: Single frame "harvest"

    Well, then maybe this method is not too bad for a patient beginner just looking for a taste. The one frame, fully capped on one side and about 1/4 capped on the other, has so far produced about a...
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    Re: Spilled a little vegetable oil!?-Help!

    What was on the frame?

    Bees stuck on an oil-sprayed IPM board generally die, but at some level they need and can tolerate lipids (oil) and it is part of what they get from pollen. Somebody linked...
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    Re: Nectar versus sugar syrup

    You can definitely taste the difference. I don't have the equipment to measure it but I've got a pretty good idea what sorts of instruments might be used. The science of watching gene activity is...
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    Re: Goldenrod already?

    Our local bee supplier says his bees work Queen Anne's Lace, which anybody would tell you is lousy bee forage. Ours were working crown vetch for a couple of weeks, which most here will tell you they...
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    Re: Nectar versus sugar syrup

    Our beekeeper's association circulates Catch the Buzz articles to us, and this one came out recently:

    http://home.ezezine.com/1636/1636-2014.07.18.07.47.archive.html

    For sure, nectar is the...
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    Re: How do you remove pickle smell????

    I tried sterilizing a polyethylene canteen with Listerine once. The smell would not go away. A couple of years later I stored it with whiskey in it ... that did the trick. I could no longer smell...
  24. Thread: Sugar dusting

    by Phoebee
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    Re: Sugar dusting

    Estreya,

    We never just run a fully open screen for that reason. We always keep either an IPM board (coroplast corrogated plastic sign board marked with a pattern of squares so you can more easily...
  25. Thread: Sugar dusting

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    Re: Sugar dusting

    I think they'll haul the sugar out. The problem is the mites themselves. Sugar doesn't kill mites, it just makes them clumsy and makes the bees want to groom. Dropping thru the screen on to an IPM...
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