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  1. #1
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    Default Goldenrod = Trouble

    Here in Ky the goldenrod bloom blessing coincides with a curse ( or cursed AT ) wonder of nature- the yellowjacket wasp attacks
    Desperate for protein to carry the queen through winter these devils plague our hives and make the bees pretty defensive.

    Hives that one could watch up close are suddenly sending out the guards when approached within 10 or 12 feet !

    Remember to keep the kiddos away and be careful
    I was headbutted several times in the seconds it took to snap these pics today but I use a black IPhone and my thieving Italians are super sensitive to black. They usually try to sting my hands at every close up but today at high noon ( when most bees are out) they are bombing my head .
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    Default Re: Goldenrod = Trouble

    Darn yellow jackets. So far no problems with raiding parties near my girls. Ill be on the lookout. I have my entrances reduced down quite a bit, no more than half on all hives.

    I very much dislike them, when I was a kid I lifted up large tractor tire to mount a clay bird throwing arm too and bam instantly attacked, faced swelled up pretty good. Lets just say we didn't shoot clay birds that day.

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    Default Re: Goldenrod = Trouble

    Hey Mike, it looks like they are stripping the paint from the wood!
    Last edited by snl; 09-06-2013 at 07:15 PM.
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  4. #4
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    Default Re: Goldenrod = Trouble

    It's the constant probing that sets the bees on defense mode
    Note they are probing the joints in the pic
    If they find a way in they go back to the nest and attack in force
    What I couldn't get a pic of was the way they dart in at the entrance and test the guards
    Too small and quick for an IPhone and the bees were saying beat it buddy
    "Wine is a constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy" Ben Franklin

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    Default Re: Goldenrod = Trouble

    Quote Originally Posted by snl View Post
    Hey Mike, it looks like the are stripping the paint from the wood!
    No call to make fun of my 30 year old boxes
    I have one that I know is over 50 years old but its been retired
    HEY - I resemble that !
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    Default Re: Goldenrod = Trouble

    Greg Whitehead, Ten Mile, TN
    Blog - http://gregsbees.blogspot.com/

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