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    Re: Bug identification on the milkweed

    yup, tussock moths.
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    Please don't give Milkweed a bad name. It is already being killed off in great numbers by the farmers who are using the Round-up ready crops. All pollinators use it as a summer nectar plant, and...
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    Re: Privet vs. American Holly

    Holly blooms when lots of other stuff is also blooming. I'd try and find something that blooms later to help keep the nectar flow going for your bees. Not sure if Leatherleaf Viburnum is hardy in...
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    Re: Overwintering Small Colonies in a TBH

    not sure how your winters compare to mine. this part of VA, we don't get too terribly cold except for a week or two in late Jan. I've been able to overwinter 3 bar nucs that are housed in a 5 frame...
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    Re: How old are your queens?

    2 with green dots, so 2014. 2 from 2015 and the rest are 2016. 2014 ones are not heading up my primary hives though. They are in nucs cranking out the solid frames of brood to bolster any weak...
  6. Re: Public Relations...Hives near a major event

    Feeders close to the hive and/or screened tents over each hive to keep them confined, but not locked into their boxes for 2 straight days....but only if you feel it is necessary. I'm not sure that...
  7. Apitherapy Seminar with Lady Cerelli in Virginia Beach, VA July 10, 2016

    For those in the area (or on vacation there), please join us this Sunday July 10, 2016 from 2-4pm to hear Lady Spirit Moon Cerelli give a talk on the basics of Apitherapy. She will also have her...
  8. Re: Possible to introduce newly mated queen to split with queen cells?

    To introduce a mated queen, it's best to get rid of the queen cells. If left, the hive may reject the queen in favor of raising their own. Usually once they are "hopelessly queenless" (no eggs to...
  9. Re: Banking queen in a queen right Nuc for three weeks

    I had a mated queen banked in a queen right swarm box for about 10-14 days. They did feed her (and I did have workers in the cage with the queen, from her original hive). I think it will probably...
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    Re: cut comb honey packaging

    My Farm Fresh supermarket will let me "buy" the empty salad bar containers for just what they weigh at the "salad bar" price.
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    Re: bee venom therapy

    I would ABSOLUTELY help them get the bees they need for treatment! My sister in law has MS and I can't convince her to give it a try. The person is probably not going to do the actual bee stings on...
  12. Re: When should you remove an Observation Board ?

    I like to sprinkle diatomaceous earth on mine instead (has to be bee-tight) and let the junk drop into that. Change periodically.
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    Re: Bees using hydroponic garden water

    Did you add some sugar to your bowl of water? I also use a flavoring, like Anise Oil. I have multiple water sources in my yard for the bees and they still insist on going to the neighbor's bird...
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    Re: What is the flowering tree around Tn

    Garden Plants for Honey Bees does mention it as both a nectar and pollen source. I really like the book.
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    Re: What is the flowering tree around Tn

    Golden Rain Tree is just starting to bloom in VA. Does it look like this? They can be multi-trunked....
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    Re: Wintergreen/Tea Tree Oil Treatment?

    Not tea tree, but I do use Anise Oil.

    https://static.secure.website/wscfus/9893467/1396749/j-basic-appl-sci-res-287674-7680-2012.pdf
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    Re: Shipping 1 or 2 Queens

    One word of caution since we are getting into the hot summer, the queen might die during shipment even if you don't have a heat wave in your area.

    I ordered some queens from California in early...
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    Re: Cross comb madness

    I prefer straight comb guides for my TBHs as I find it easier to reattach comb to them vs. the triangle. But would definitely recommend something (and not a piece of waxed string). You should be...
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    Re: Cross comb madness

    what is the width of your topbars and do you have some type of comb guides? How much space in the hive have you given the bees?
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    Re: Simple Top bar design?

    Buy the kit for $170 delivered from Beeline Apiary. It has all the pieces you need to put the hive body and roof together in less than 30 min. Their 19" bars also fit the standard Lang hive. I...
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    Re: Backyard/Urban Setup Show and Tell

    https://www.facebook.com/topbarbeehive/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1232042023488992

    https://www.facebook.com/topbarbeehive/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1353804557979404
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    Re: Brown pollen

    mine a month ago was coming from crimson clover. Have any of that around you? Dark chocolate brown color.
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    Re: Backyard/Urban Setup Show and Tell

    I run all topbar hives. 2 are in the front yard near the unused front door; the rest are in the back yard in various places. Some in the back yard are in what used to be my vegetable garden until...
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    Re: Apitherapy for bee sting allergy

    Bigfish, I think I may have already answered in another post of yours, but I had a one-time systemic reaction when a bee got me on the forehead. I took benedryl immediately because my hands and feet...
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    Re: Crazy honeycomb- help!

    What he said :thumbsup:
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