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  1. Re: Natural mite drop - interpreting the results

    We got ours from our mentor who got his from Mike Church, whom I believe raises queens in Virginia's Northern Neck, and you're close enough to call him a local source. Whatever strain he is raising...
  2. Re: Natural mite drop - interpreting the results

    I introduced a queen last year advertised as having VSH properties. A couple of weeks later my varroa drop started to climb, and reached alarming rates, but the sugar roll results remained low (0-2...
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    New bald eagle video posted ... funny

    The Manassas Airport eagles suffered an indignity on camera recently. This is the kind of thing that sometimes goes viral, and I'm hoping you spread the infection.

    http://youtu.be/j_Bms9RpQjU
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  4. Re: Any Maryland beekeepers nectar flow ? How do you know?

    A little west of you in West Virginia, our girls recently started bringing in maple pollen and putting down brood. We've been tracking their weight (we use a 330 pound digital hanging scale) and the...
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    Re: Native American Honey Bees

    Another species present in North America back then were horses. Early relatives seem to date back to 35 MY or more here. They persisted up to about the time Native Americans arrived, roughly 13-14...
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    Re: Screen Shrubs for Virginia

    My wife just handed me some material she looked up on one of the options above, Inkberry (aka Gallberry, bitter gallberry, evergreen winterberry, inkberry holly, and Appalachian tea).

    This is one...
  7. Re: How much honey is consumed over winter months? Not much

    Our survivors did not go thru much while they were clustered, but as they started getting active and making brood they've been dropping 5 pounds a week of hive weight for the last few weeks. We're...
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    Re: I can't believe the cost of nucs this year!

    That's what we're trying to do in my area of Northern Virginia. Our goal is to get as many club members as possible raising nucs, primarily to get students of our bee school started. So far we're...
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    Re: I can't believe the cost of nucs this year!

    Well, if people in your area can actually get $225 for nucs, then OTHER people in your area should be seriously considering making more nucs.

    One of my friends is considering updating the...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    Heck, I know a fusion project that has a proposal out for 30 million for their next phase of research. Its incredible to think that crowd-sourcing can generate this kind of money. I need to get off...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by- "Honey Flow" - Flow Hive

    As of this morning, Indiegogo shows they've raised $8,582,520 of the originally stated need of $70,000. At some point, shouldn't this be shut off early?

    I can see this mechanism managing to crack...
  12. Thread: Weed control

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    Re: Weed control

    Yup, this method has been used to kill bees by the millions ... I think it was used in that big truck crash in NJ last year, and a few forum participants where there and reported on it.

    Just in...
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    Re: Do bees have a memory?

    I have no doubt that bees have memory on the order of days or even weeks. But how much of their memory is based on pattern identification, and how much on scent? In humans, memory and scent are...
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    Re: Powdered Sugar Shake

    I plowed around the internet a couple of years back to see if there were any studies on this. I found one university study that looked at any danger to brood from application of powdered sugar. ...
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    Re: What air compressor do you have?

    I have one of those ubiquitous little oil-less pancake compressors. Noiseless is hardly a moniker I'd give it. These things are a lot more irritating than the old belt-drive poketa-poketa machines...
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    Re: Anyone have musical SHB?

    Up at our cabin, if we hear banjo music and it is any good, we know Al Spencer has made it up to check his lot.

    http://www.themountainstatebluegrassexpress.com/What_s_New.html

    If we see a SHB,...
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    Re: Snake Repellent

    "Pointed head" means nothing.

    The pit vipers have a very distinctive head which is nearly an equilateral triangle, on a neck that is far narrower than the back of the head. The pit vipers also...
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    Re: Snake Repellent

    Yup, if you see an honest-to-gosh Cottonmouth Moccasin north of Richmond, VA, it is in a zoo.
    I have gotten a number of calls in my life from people who say they have a Copperhead in the house. What...
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    Re: treating varroa with supers on

    It would be like sprinkling Barkeeper's Friend (a cleanser made of OA) on a plate and then eating off of it without even rinsing. It wouldn't kill you, but who in their right mind would do it?
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    Re: Snake Repellent

    A friend of mine keeps yard chickens (a 4H project that won't go away), and reports that he has no grasshoppers, and that they'll even kill mice. I suspect he has few snakes as well. So maybe this...
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    Re: Snake Repellent

    I've been a fan of snakes since I was a teen. We have both timber rattlers and copperheads in WV where we keep our bees, plus milk snakes, black rat snakes, racers, and a few little ones that hide...
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    Re: Screen Shrubs for Virginia

    I finally got the MG to give up the list she's been working on. She's targeting our apiary in NE West Virginia, but her MG experience is in Northern Virginia. P is pollen, N is nectar.

    The last...
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    Re: Pine vs. Cedar Boxes

    The other upgrade you'll find advertized is cypress. It is another rot-resistant wood that a lot of people like to keep un-painted. My personal experience with cypress is as replacement trim on the...
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    Re: Rethinking Dandelions...

    Canada geese adore dandelions, too. Which would be fine except for the green droppings on the sidewalk.

    When we got our first nucs, while the bulk of our bees came out to orient, one diligent...
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    Re: Rethinking Dandelions...

    In town, where we don't keep bees, the only thing I use on the lawn is corn gluten meal as a pre-emergent weed inhibitor and feed. This stuff is more commonly used as a cattle feed, so it is pretty...
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