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  1. Thread: Partridge Pea

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    Re: Partridge Pea

    I have some in my garden and they do attract honey bees, although not as much as other plants, such as oregano, cucumber, aster, and etc. But I have no idea what will happen if I had a few acres full...
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    Re: Failed OAV treatments?

    +1
  3. Thread: Apivar and Supers

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    Re: Apivar and Supers

    Yes, I usually process capped and partially capped frames in the same batch (after shaking thin nectar off from the latter), but your method is safer.
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    Re: Combine colonies in August?

    I did something like that a month ago without any problem (in my case, I wanted to swap two colonies between a double 5-frame nuc and a full sized hive).
  5. Thread: Apivar and Supers

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    Re: Apivar and Supers

    I personally think it is safe (especially after reading post#7 by psm1212), but I could not find any regulations/recommendations that directly addresses your question. The closest I found is this...
  6. Thread: Apivar and Supers

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    Re: Apivar and Supers

    At the end of honey harvesting season, I shake partially capped frames vigorously to remove thin nectar before extracting. I assume the nectar that stays is thick enough to be harvested and so far I...
  7. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    The bees put some nectar in the honey super, probably from Japanese knotweed flowers in full bloom*. Leafcutter bees were active on >75F days, bringing small pieces of leaves and flower petals into...
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    Re: Vine identification

    I do not think it is ivy because the shape of each flower is not right . Not sure whether it is bluevine or hempvine or something else (I have never actually seen them), but it looks more like...
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    Re: Vine identification

    I did Google search for ‘vine with small white tubular flowers’ and the closest match I could find was climbing hempvine (Mikania scandens), native to your location.
  10. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    Honey bees were often seen on garden plants and wildflowers in wetlands. They also worked on dandelion-lookalikes still doing well on roadsides, thanks to exceptionally regular rainfall for summer.
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    Re: Any ideas what this plant is?

    Rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium)?
  12. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    Japanese knotweed is now seriously in bloom here and there. We extracted the remainder of blackberry honey and put a super back on, hoping to get some strong-flavored honey.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA...
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    Re: Rubber Mulch and Bees?

    When I set up my small backyard apiary, I put a landscaping fabric (to suppress weeds) and, for aesthetic purpose, put small rive rocks on it. Now, half-decomposed bee carcasses and other debris are...
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    Re: Mason Bees & Wasps

    This is my 3 rd year of ‘backyard mason bee keeping’. They pollinate my small apple tree, which is ignored by my honey bees who have bigger fish to fry. A couple of weeks after the last nesting tube...
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    Re: Vancouver Island - pink nectar source?

    I’m ~125 mi southeast from you (north Seattle area) but I think our floras are not very different. No, I have never seen pink nectar.
  16. Re: Tree ratios on acreage versus # number of hives supportable?

    Like others said, it depends on trees, your climate, and what else (flowering shrubs, wild flowers, crops and etc) is available in your neighborhood.

    I’m in Zone 8, and I would love to have winter...
  17. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    In the past week, the bees brought back pollen from hydrangea, cat’s ear (and/or hawkweed, dandelion), evergreen magnolia, old man’s beard clematis, blackberry, evening primrose (and/or gaura),...
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    Re: Is there a queen in this photo?

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: An interesting story about wasps

    I set up ‘RESCUE’ (https://www.amazon.com/RESCUE-Non-Toxic-Reusable-Trap-Yellowjackets/dp/B00004TBKI/ref=sr_1_4), after I see the first queen, usually in mid March. The attractant will last for 2...
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    Re: An interesting story about wasps

    I definitely do not want yellow jacket nests nearby, so I trap or swat queens (out of hibernation) in early spring, and that is all I do for wasp control. In summer, some yellow jacket workers visit...
  21. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    The bees brought back a fair amount of pollen, drew some combs, and capped some honey. We had decent rainfall during the past week, unusual for this time of the year, but welcome.

    •Lake Forest...
  22. Thread: Bees and burdoc

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    Re: Bees and burdoc

    The burdock I grow is “Chiko” variety of greater burdock (Arctium lappa), which may or may not taste like wild ones (I think they are mostly lesser burdock Arctium minus. I have never eaten them). I...
  23. Thread: Bees and burdoc

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    Re: Bees and burdoc

    I sow seeds in large bags (those often used by gardeners to grow potatoes) so that I do not have to dig. After harvesting the roots in fall, I plant the crowns in the ground, so that they can flower...
  24. Thread: Bees and burdoc

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    Re: Bees and burdoc

    yes I had several in my yard last year and they were quite popular in mid-summer.
  25. Thread: Failing split

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    Re: Failing split

    Last summer, a hive swarmed, leaving a somewhat small queen. I thought she was a virgin and got rid of other swarm cells (all capped). One week later, the queen was still small and I realized her...
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