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    Study on drone comb

    I came across this article: http://esciencenews.com/articles/2014/08/20/worker.bees.know.when.invest.their.reproductive.future today, from a team out of Cornell. According to the authors, it's...
  2. Re: Long range forcast for another nasty cold winter in central-southeast states, rat

    Where you live. Globally the temperature is increasing. I am not interesting in debating climate change but this is one fact that is easily checked.
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    Re: What Kind of Bee is this?

    It is a bee, the pollen is on its abdomen! It's most likely a member of the megachile, or leaf-cutter bee. They collect pollen on their abdomens, they don't have coribiculi.
  4. Re: Is $370 good price for 2 deeps full of bees and 2 honey supers?

    Consider that if you shell out all of that cash for these hives in mid August your are taking on 100% of the 'winter risk' inherent in beekeeping. If I was a seller, I'd be careful not to point that...
  5. Re: Can anybody please identify this bee or insect for me.

    It is a kind of fly, likely a robber fly.
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    Re: Hives in a circle for varroa?

    This shouldn't be understood literally; I doubt they 'know' anything. It's shorthand for the myriad pressures acting on them which causes less virulent strains of varroa to develop when their only...
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    Re: Hives in a circle for varroa?

    Yes. . . from the point of view of a beekeeper its hard to see any practical measures that could be effected to take advantage of his observations. However, I take this as positive evidence that...
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    Re: Hives in a circle for varroa?

    According to Seeley drift affects the virulence of varroa. There are two ways for varroa to reach the next generation, horizontally, where they move from host population to host population, and...
  9. Re: First cut-out: some things went well, and others did not

    Congrats on the cut-out! I just use the bee-vac on guard bees, foragers, and for final clean up. The bees on the combs (usually just nurse bees) I leave alone, cutting the comb out with them on it,...
  10. Thread: Bee Hawk Bug

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    Re: Bee Hawk Bug

    Though looking at the thorax, it might not be Dasylechia atrox. I am positive it is a kind of fly, however, looking at the tarsus, eyes, and antennae. If not D. atrox, it is likely closely related.
  11. Thread: Bee Hawk Bug

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    Re: Bee Hawk Bug

    Reading the comments on that page I linked to, you might also have a very rare photograph!
  12. Thread: Bee Hawk Bug

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    Re: Bee Hawk Bug

    You got you a robber fly there. http://bugguide.net/node/view/555557
  13. Re: The State of Virginia is now paying for people to take up Beekeeping

    The applications for the grants were due last year, 2013. I applied but I received an email stating that since my invoices did not have foundation on them, my application was incomplete. As I recall,...
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    Re: Giant Asian Hornet

    Looks like you killed a cicada killer to me.
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    Re: What to do with a hive that absconded

    You could just remove the dead queen, and the remaining bees will eventually find their way into other hives and continue to do their thing.
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    Re: Cut out questions

    Just junk the honey, it is not that valuable of a resource, amd the risk is too big, to you and your living hives. the bees can make more, don't worry about that!
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    Re: Cut out questions

    Do not use the honey.
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    Re: Possible cutout in a steeple?!

    Awesome cut-out, bet that's a great feeling!
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    Re: Question about beekeeper etiquette

    I did have a bad feeling about it; I felt like I was put in an awkward position. On the one hand, I didn't want bad blood with another beek, on the other, I didn't want a client to be able to say I...
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    Question about beekeeper etiquette

    I got a call from an exterminating company this morning, asking me to call a lady with bees in her house. She thinks they moved into the cavity last Tuesday. From what she said they seem to be in...
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    Re: What's it doing

    Looks like a leaf cutter bee making a nest. Very cool.
  22. Thread: Spring Time

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    Re: Spring Time

    Very nice. What are the bees working on Malta?
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    Re: Purple/blue pollen coming in. Good jpegs

    Siberian squill in your area?
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    Re: What kind of weird bee is this?

    It makes sense that they were attracted to the hive, there was a lot of scenting going on after the shakeout. The weird part was how she kept landing on a bee. . . she'd stay there for two or three...
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    Re: What kind of weird bee is this?

    Thank you for your answer, and with all due respect, I am 99% sure this is not a honeybee.
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