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    Re: Lazy bees, too late to re-queen?

    Greg, if you want to define "lazy bees" as "not as productive", I good with that too. I was thinking lazy in more human terms and would argue that even the "laziest" of bees are more productive than...
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    Bees, wasps, and hornets

    For those that would like a humorous and mostly factual explanation of the differences, check out this video from the "Today I found out" series.

    https://youtu.be/KDGJmzqvKTg

    Cheers,
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    Re: What are your hobbies?

    I love pyrotechnics and must admit that more than one of my model rockets had an M80 as the payload!

    Good thing there is a statute of limitations.
  4. Re: I think today my bees swarmed today. Now confused!

    Orientation flight? Could easily be 1000+ bees at one time.
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    Re: What are your hobbies?

    Ah the good old days. Before they had the styrofoam trainers. After many hours of painstaking labor of building, my efforts at learning to fly U control rewarded me with a pile of balsa wood and...
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    Re: What are your hobbies?

    Amen. My wife is always telling to grow up and stop acting like a child. Why should I?
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    Re: How do I relax w/bees?

    The above advice is all good. Zen moments. I finally was able to do a crush and strain a month ago of a cross combed deep, literally thousands of bees flying around trying to get the honey before I...
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    Re: Instrumental Insemination Equipment

    Kbayture, your attachments make your post an offer to sell in my opinion and therefore needs to be posted on our for sale forum. The pictures are quite blurry so the images need a higher resolution....
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    Re: What are your hobbies?

    Frank, we are curious if you made any progress on your plane. I know how things can get in the way. I have a 1:1 scale Beech Musketeer A23A that I have not touched in almost 4 years. One wing is on...
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    Re: What are these bees up to?

    Pretty normal, at least in my experience. I suspect these are out of work foragers doing double duty as guard bees.
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    Re: And now this.... GM bees.

    Hey guys and gals, let's keep this thread about GMO's and not get sidetracked on a money tangent. Money is a good thing. I wish I had more of it.
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    Re: Testing a hive for defensiveness

    That is precisely the reason I suggested not to use smoke and to make loud noises when opening the hive. If they are not defensive at that point, the bees are pretty calm and smoking them will make...
  13. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    I have a hard time imagining a world were the varroa mite developes a resistance to having its feet disolved off and bleeding to death (my understanding of OA's mode of action).
  14. Re: Bee Paralysis, Varroa and unknown viruses?

    Kate, Apivar strips are the most effective way of treating a hive. OAV is a safe and natural alternative that performs almost equally as well when applied properly. Oxalic acid is not a toxic...
  15. Re: Smartphone app that listens to bees to tell you what health issues they have

    Time gets muddled for me too. Weeks, even months seem to pass by in the bink of an eye.
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    Re: And now this.... GM bees.

    When I worked for a big ag firm 20 years ago, we were told that cross pollination of Roundup ready soy beans with regular soy beans meant that what was then Monsanto owned those beans that showed the...
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    How would you have been able to use this past spring, an app that only came out a month ago?
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    Re: inner cover questions

    The telescoping top overlaps or telescopes over the hive body on all four sides. A migratory cover is flush along the sides and allows the hive to be placed next to each other for transport, the...
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    Re: Question: Hive orientation for winter

    Brings up a few questions, are your hives in an open field, or do you have trees all around? Could make a big difference in how you orient the hives. My hives are in a narrow clearing, my backyard,...
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    Re: Testing a hive for defensiveness

    Wildbranch, sounds like your buddy has a death wish. MB's advice is similar to my way of checking. Open the hive without smoke and make sure the inner cover makes a loud cracking noise as you do. If...
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    Re: Drones Blind Queens with Semen

    So how does a queen, blinded for 24-48 hours, find her way back to her hive before getting eaten by a bird or dragonfly? Interesting theory, but I have serious doubts as to it's veracity. Does not...
  22. Re: Germany to ban glyphosate to save insects, finally!

    Earthboy, I am all for limited use of both pesticides and herbicides, but I believe the benefits of glyphosate far outweigh the potential disadvantages. As mentioned before, no-till farming saves...
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    Re: b-box

    Our bee club president sent me a link to this last week. ROTFLMAO. I had the same concerns regarding hive inspections and treating.
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    Re: Question: Hive orientation for winter

    My hives are arranged in a large square pattern so I have hives facing all four cardinal points. Can't say I see any diiference in their performance. The ones facing west do seem a little more active...
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    Re: Sugar $0.39 / lb at walmart.com

    There is a thread, where to buy bulk sugar, that remains pretty active and deals get posted. By and large, outside of sales, the Walmart GreatValu pure cane sugar comes in as one of the best bargains...
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