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  1. Re: Ragweed: Is it or is it not a good resource for bees?

    I found that my hives work ragweed heavy as soon as it blooms. I let large patches of it grow and this year its exceptional, its over six feet tall and will be blooming soon. Some foragers are...
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    Re: Harvesting Honey from Abandoned Hives

    It won't work. Find a local beekeeper and trade the hives for honey if your not interested in beekeeping as a hobby. You'll get honey, and not end up in the ER.
  3. Re: Long black pointy fly preying on a honeybee. What insect could that have been?

    I had a garden spider next to my hives once that had a small collection of honeybees and grasshoppers. I didn't think of it as a vicious killer but an effective one. I think the same about robber...
  4. Re: Long black pointy fly preying on a honeybee. What insect could that have been?

    Look up robber or assassin flies.
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    Re: Help please. ? Bumblebee queen?

    Your not bad !! You just dont know the difference between a robber fly and a bumblebee. Unless the south has a species of bumblebee that collects pollen, nectar, and honeybees that I'm not aware of....
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    Re: Grafting question

    This is a link to Dave Cushmans site, he writes about his experience grafting for a video. Two hours, harsh conditions, and the grafts took.
    http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/grafting.html
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  7. Re: Bumblebee attacked one of my bees and carried it off!

    Bumblebees are not nasty they forage and try to survive like other bees. While sometimes they desperately try to steal from honeybees its futile and often end up dead. Most likely what you saw was...
  8. Thread: Ashy Miner bees

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    Re: Ashy Miner bees

    Cool photo, here's some info....
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    Re: carpenter bees attacking hive

    Just seems unusual to me, male carpenter bees have no stinger and the females are solitary.
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    Re: carpenter bees attacking hive

    Well I guess it could be carpenter bees then, the males do have a square white patch on the forehead. In the north they are harmless but do damage to houses. They drill a few holes in my old barn...
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    Re: carpenter bees attacking hive

    I can't imagine carpenter bees attacking anything besides each other (males are territorial). Can you post a photo of the died bee?
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    Re: Fighting the Rise of Bee Rustlers

    According to the article, it's also those darned hobby beekeepers causing a lot of problems.
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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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