Re: Help needed with bee ID, and suggestions on when to order queen.
Listen to Cleo, he's good. And patient.
Originally Posted by iND
By some of your questions, your beekeeping friends and advisors must have been pulling your leg with some of their stories and advice.
That's why some here may have thought you were pulling ours.
If you had a handfull of dead AHB(Africanized Honey Bees, rather than American Honey Bees) you wouldn't know it.
You would need a microscope and know what to look for and how to measure tiny differences.
The only flight pattern that might indicate that they might be AHB's would be if they all came flying out of the hive after you like a disturbed nest of hornets and chased you until you dropped.
Having a thick skin as a beekeeper would help alot. I'm not there yet.
Reread some of those lessons you took, and read some more books and forum posts by the experienced beeks.
I've noticed about half of the bee videos on YouTube are made by rank video amatuers and they know even less about bees.
But they think they're good at both.
It will take awhile for you to tell the difference.
Starting beekeeping by doing a trap-out is about the most difficult way to start.
You have a high chance of killing the bees and getting discouraged.
You need a mentor.
Push, Pull, or get Out of the Way