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  1. Thread: Partridge Pea

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    Re: Partridge Pea

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  2. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    The bees went foraging between frequent showers. The most popular pollen source was ivy (60%), followed by evening primrose, fuchsia, seven-son flower, jewelweed, cherry laurel (from fall bloom of...
  3. Thread: Washington

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    I found a few ivy flowers among countless flower buds. The bees had found them (i.e., had begun bringing back some ivy pollen) a few weeks earlier.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
    •9/2/19 - 9/8/19
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    Re: What flowers leave this mark on the thorax

    I live near the North end of Lake Washington and the jewelweed is very common. A few years ago they (the city or county?) made some effort to get rid of it from wetlands in my neighborhood but...
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    Re: What flowers leave this mark on the thorax

    jewelweed?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0omSxSDKhOA
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    Re: Shade ground cover nectar

    English ivy is #1 bee-friendly shade tolerant late bloomer here but probably you do not want it (invasive). Winter heath and Christmas rose (hellebore) can be grown in part shade but I don’t know...
  7. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    Japanese knotweed came to full bloom on shady creek banks. The bees made a fair progress in honey supers.

    [Native bees on wildflowers, along Pacific Crest Trail at 6000 ft]
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    •Lake...
  8. Re: Winter Broodless Period for Northern Latitudes.

    I’m about 50 miles South of you (Zone 8, North Seattle area). When I had a deadout in mid January 2017, there already were capped brood. During winter 2017/2018, I had a plastic board inserted from...
  9. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    Lots of honey bees were seen on Japanese knotweed, thriving not only on creek banks but also in places that would be much drier in a typical summer.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
    •8/19/19 - 8/24/19...
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    Re: Pollen Color Chart?

    I have not found a color chart specific for Western Washington. I think this Wikipedia site is still the best (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_pollen_sources).

    The popular pollen species my...
  11. 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
  13. 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).
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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.
  20. 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)?
  22. 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.
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