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    Re: Using a Steinkraus-Morse Swarm Catcher

    Well, I admit that's sort of a contradiction of terms. If you 'keep bees' that in itself is not completely 'natural.' And catching them in a bag on a pole? You're right. It probably would have...
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    Re: Using a Steinkraus-Morse Swarm Catcher

    I like that long pole you're using. Did you say that was extendable? I've seen a very expensive fiberglass version, but can you give me the name of the company that makes it? I don't shop Walmart...
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    Re: Using a Steinkraus-Morse Swarm Catcher

    The hardest thing to get is probably the sail cloth, but it's real smooth so the bees will slide out better.
    When I first read the plans, it called for using rivets. I bought a rivet tool, but I...
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    Using a Steinkraus-Morse Swarm Catcher

    Because it's swarm season and because this catcher is so easy to make, I shot some photos and video of swarm catcher for those hard to reach swarms. ...
  5. Re: A city property ban on Neonicontinoids in Eugene, Oregon

    These studies suggest there may be a connection between neonics and honeybee deaths. I don't think we can afford to wait. The bees keep dying....
  6. Re: A city property ban on Neonicontinoids in Eugene, Oregon

    That is the 64 million dollar question, but it's a question worth asking because without wild pollinators, the cost of food will skyrocket...do we want to "hand pollinate everything?
  7. Re: A Search for bees in an Arizona desert Neighborhood

    Well, I wasn't about to kick the cinder block off and I used the zoom lens to 'get close.' :)
    Since it looks like you have bees in the desert area, do you have problems with AHB?
  8. A Search for bees in an Arizona desert Neighborhood

    I grew up in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area, but I hadn't ever purposely looked for bees until I returned for a funeral. I wanted to get some shots/videos of bees on desert flowers to show contrast to...
  9. A city property ban on Neonicontinoids in Eugene, Oregon

    I can't take credit for this, but I can be proud that a city in Oregon has passed a first ever ban from using neonicontioid pesticides on city property.
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  10. Re: Bees benefitting from Turnips planted in July

    I won't be getting honey from this hive. We just wanted to provide a home for the bees, grow as many bee-loving flowers as possible (without poisons), and see if the bees could survive without...
  11. Re: Bees benefitting from Turnips planted in July

    I think if you get a chance to watch the video, you'll see the overview of the carved log hive at about 3:56. Looking at it again, I can see how you might think it's carved out of rock. Whew, that...
  12. Re: Bees benefitting from Turnips planted in July

    Thanks for the kind words. I noticed the bees on the turnip flowers again today, (after a huge wind/rain day yesterday) Didn't have much time to watch them though, because the greenhouse plastic...
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    Re: Even Bumblebees get mites

    I just put the honey pan back out there (I've got to take it in so the night varmits won't partake). I'll keep an eye out to see if she comes back, try to roll off some mites with a wet cotton swab...
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    Even Bumblebees get mites

    We've seen this bumblebee for two days now, visiting the mid winter honey pan. We noticed about 20 to 25 mites on her back. My wife wants to try to remove them, but I don't have a clue.
    I shot...
  15. Bees benefitting from Turnips planted in July

    We planted bulbs in November for the early bees, but nothing compares with the turnip greens which have gone to flower. They started blooming in mid January and the bees have been hitting on them...
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    Bee-atrice...One of a kind bee hive

    I doubt if you'll ever see a hive like this one. It's a log hive with a face carved on it. Since it came from the sixth swarm of my first log hive, it was a very small swarm...didn't build up fast....
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    Re: bees grooming themselves

    I guess you're right about that since the drones have been kicked out and the workers only live about 42 days in the summer. The tattered wings are probably a good indication they don't have many...
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    Re: bees grooming themselves

    I should add that Kiera O'Hara wrote and performed the background melody, "Song for Earth Day." It's been playing over and over again in my mind, so I asked Kiera about it, towards the end at about...
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    Re: Blue Pollen and Siberian Squill

    I've just bought some bulbs...they are going into the front lawn tomorrow. If they multiply I say "Great!" I can't wait to get blue pollen!
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    bees grooming themselves

    I put together some short videos of bees grooming themselves. These are close up videos of bees that didn't mind a camera hovering about an inch away. I wondered if they were 'posing' for me. :-)...
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    Re: Bees out of a tree.

    If the hive is in the trunk of the tree (low enough for access), you could do a trap-out. Del Barber just completed a trap-out using a freshly caught swarm (with queen) in a hive positioned above...
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    Re: Bees out of a tree.

    I'd keep the log intact and set it up in my bee yard. Like this...
    http://solarbeez.com/2012/04/16/randys-feral-bee-log-hive/
    This bee log is still going strong a year later...without treatments.
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    Re: A Flower & Bee racy video

    I thought I answered this a while back. Sorry.
    I use a Canon SX-50, which has a 50x optical zoom. I like it for the wide angle and the telephoto. 50x is like using a 1200 mm zoom lens. I'm sure...
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    Re: Mosquito Spraying

    What happened?
    I'm facing the Dibrom spraying now. I'll follow your example, but you posted 4 years ago, did you come through with your bees?
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    Re: Deformed wing virus

    I can't take credit for the carving. I had carved out the inside of the log when I got the notion to put a face on it. My wife suggested the new chainsaw carver in town. Here is the video showing...
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