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  1. Re: Moving hives across an ocean in the old days

    <<Spanish Friars brought Honey Bees to the New World before the Colonists, They had them in the California Missions.>>



    Beeswax was a important commodity to the missionaries. Evidence suggests...
  2. Re: Moving hives across an ocean in the old days

    Hi Hops,

    On ships the bees fed off combs of honey. Over land hives were placed on springboard wagons.

    Transporting bees by ship:...
  3. Re: Trying to find out when mail oreder bees started.

    Hi TALittle,

    Mail order bees (shipping live bees in combless packages)
    first became available in April 1881

    The beginning of the package bee business appears very
    definitely to have dated...
  4. Will A Shotgun Blast Cause Fleeing Swarms To Settle

    Someone asked:
    <<An old man told me that his grandfather always carried a shotgun and when he saw a swarm leave the hive he would fire into the air and that would cause them to settle on the ground...
  5. Re: 2017 Solar Eclipse - Historical Accounts of Bees During a Solar Eclipse

    Ok,,, the sources are there to show where the information was found.
    This is common practice for articles to show the source. I don't care
    about pleasing the scientific community.
  6. Re: 2017 Solar Eclipse - Historical Accounts of Bees During a Solar Eclipse

    Please share them here:

    Join Here: 2017 Solar Eclipse Honeybee Watch
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/443670439329534/
  7. Re: 2017 Solar Eclipse - Historical Accounts of Bees During a Solar Eclipse

    Hello,

    Honeybees navigate by polarized light. Even if the sun is obscured
    with clouds they will navigate by the polarization. So why then do
    bees as history records do bees retreat to their...
  8. Re: 2017 Solar Eclipse - Historical Accounts of Bees During a Solar Eclipse

    Point taken, but none of the mentions of bee behavior during an eclipse in the references below would have written down if the author did not think it of interest to the reader. Do you know what...
  9. 2017 Solar Eclipse - Historical Accounts of Bees During a Solar Eclipse

    Hello Friends,

    I am requesting help organizing an event where beekeepers across the United States can video or record there observations on honeybee behavior during the August 2017 Solar Eclipse,...
  10. Re: 2017 Solar Eclipse - Historical Accounts of Bees During a Solar Eclipse

    If you take your bees, that would insure you have sufficient room for your tent when people clear out. :)
    Join Here: 2017 Solar Eclipse Honeybee Watch...
  11. 2017 Solar Eclipse - Historical Accounts of Bees During a Solar Eclipse

    Hello Friends,

    I am requesting help organizing an event where beekeepers across the United States can video or record there observations on honeybee behavior during the August 2017 Solar Eclipse,...
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    Old Bee Books

    A work in progress...
    I have a collection of online bee books here:
    Click on the book image will take you to the online book.
    https://www.pinterest.com/naturebee/beekeeping-literature/

    Joe...
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    Re: Ladies' beekeeping attire

    In the garden, knowing enough biology of the honeybee it was probably not a honeybee. Honeybees crawling up pant legs 'in the beeyard' does happen, its a fact of beekeeping. When this happens, a...
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    Re: Ladies' beekeeping attire

    I agree with Hops assessment. I don't wear a dress to the
    yards, but when I occasionally wear my lab coat, bees
    very rarely go up under it. Crawler bees would be more
    of a concern for going...
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    Re: Groups of Swarms

    reidflys,
    Yes, from a laymen point of view, her interpretation
    of swarms traveling together is explainable.

    In those days feral bee colonies were very numerous
    circa 1909 ; "In removing the...
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    Re: Ladies' beekeeping attire

    Thats a great question.
    I do not know, but from my research, I do know that people in the
    19th century were less fearful of stings than people are today.

    I found an article in my archives by...
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    Re: Vintage Beekeeping photos

    Thanks Flash,
    I recently have been researching magic lantern slides of beekeeping. Will be posting them, as I research.
    Joe
  18. Re: Earliest recorded date of bees brought to the US

    Conestoga Indians tell a legend of a people who
    introduced the honeybee to North America long ago.
    Could it have been Madoc or Madog ab Owain Gwynedd
    who was, according to folklore, a Welsh...
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    Re: antique extractor

    Agree with Michael on this. Looks like a novice's extractor, which was a non reversible extractor.

    Perhaps this is it:...
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    Re: Vintage Beekeeping photos

    I have some old pictures on my page:
    https://www.facebook.com/Historical.Honeybee.Articles/

    Joe
  21. Etymology of the term 'abelhas assassinas' (killer bees)

    The term 'Killer Bees' How did it originate?

    In the Portuguese language Africanized
    bees are sometimes called:
    abelhas assassinas (bees murderesses)
    -women bees who commit murders

    First...
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    Re: DA Jones Perfection Beehive

    Hello,

    I looked around, and found nothing on this. I have a few friends at Cornell that may be able to help, I will get back to you.
    Best Wishes
    Joe Waggle...
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    Re: Making a living with bees

    stay on topic, this is a history of beekeeping forum, please move to appropriate forum.

    Joe
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    Re: Beehives in Ancient times

    It may well be that to the far-reaching invasions of Roman armies and
    the military colonies subsequently established should be credited for the
    spread of skep beekeeping and other ancient Grecian...
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    Re: Beehives in Ancient times

    Skep beekeeping in hives the shape of what we traditionally know as
    skeps probably began well over 2000 years ago. We know this because
    the classical Roman writers Varro, Columella, virgil and...
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