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  1. #1
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    Default Bees and Coffee Grinds

    I noticed lots of bees in our compost pile. They were going through the old coffee grounds and collecting it up like pollen.

    I thought that was pretty interesting. Maybe it will make them forage quicker?

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    I encircled my hive stand with coffee grounds last year to help keep ants away. It worked pretty well. The bees would land in them on occasion but didn't really seem overly interested. Italians prefer cappuccino anyway...
    7 yrs, 6 hives, TF, small cell

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    Hmmmm....Double Expresso Honey?
    Milk Cows Not Taxpayers

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    When they're looking for pollen and there isn't a lot to find, they substitute. Coffee grounds, sawdust, corn dust, you name it.
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

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    Default What kinda pollen is that?

    Out here they collect sulphur from stockpiles waiting to be applied to fields.
    Hard to imagine that as anything but detrimental.

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    Hiya Tom...
    Sulphur huh?
    What is sulphur used for in the fields?
    Maybe the bees are gathering it for cleansing the midgut?
    Just a thought, don't know of what value that thought is tho...

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    Default Why do they...

    I think a lot of the attraction is the intense yellow color. Plus in an area with nuttin else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenseye View Post
    When they're looking for pollen and there isn't a lot to find, they substitute. Coffee grounds, sawdust, corn dust, you name it.
    This weekend i was in the driveway building a few boxes and had 8-10 of the girls going crazy over the sawdust. I was laughing figuring they couldnt wait till it was built to move in
    A beekeeper is not what I am, it's what I aspire to become.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RayMarler View Post
    Hiya Tom...
    Sulphur huh?
    What is sulphur used for in the fields?
    Maybe the bees are gathering it for cleansing the midgut?
    Just a thought, don't know of what value that thought is tho...
    I believe sulphur is used to adjust the soil ph.

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