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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Location
    Clifton Park, NY, USA
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    Hi, I seem to have a smell coming from the hive and it is very strong. With the wind in the right direction I can smell it about 50 feet away. It smells like rotten buttered popcorn, I guess. I think in my area purple loostrife and golden rod is still in bloom. Could the smell be from the ripening of the golden rod or purple loostrife honey ?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2000
    Location
    Fremont, New Hampshire, USA
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    695

    Smile

    Yes.
    Probably not loosestrife but the golden rod and asters.

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Brunswick, Ohio, USA
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    Hi,
    Never heard it called the smell of rotten popcorn, but here in Ohio its a smell of bees making honey. To me its the smell of a late honey crop and also the bees preparing for a long long winter. I love that smell and you will too Im sure.
    Let it flow.
    Walt
    Brunswick Ohio

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    hi
    first thing I would do is to find a old beekeeper to check your hive.
    all the yrs of kepping bees I never heard of that smelling like pop corn.
    your hive should always smell like honey very nice to the aroma.
    if it smells like something rotten you have a problem I think.
    well you take off your lid it should smell pleasent.
    foul brood and small hive beetle have a bad smell=good luck
    Don

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2000
    Location
    Medford Lakes,NJ,USA
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    94

    Cool

    It definitely sounds like the end of the Rag Weed flow and the beginning of the Golden Rod flow. It does smell very buttery. Our fall harvest wouldn't be the same without it. Steve

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    Location
    Bowdoinham, Maine, USA
    Posts
    78
    Frohnho, I had to chuckle to myself when I read your post. The first fall of my beekeeping I was in the yard in the evening and smelled what I described as dirty gym socks!!!! I guess it all depends on each individuals' senses. I would have to agree with WJW777, stinky or not, you will soon look forward to that smell.

    David

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    David Wallace and Family
    Bowdoinham, ME
    dwallace@llbean.com

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