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    Re: Still too many mites

    I think your formic treatment was quite successful. A few years ago I treated one of my hives with MAQS in mid September (it was a spring package so I treated pretty late) and counted mite drop every...
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    Re: Still too many mites

    I live about 200km south of you (Seattle area) but our climates are not so different. I think it is now a little too cold for Formic and as you said, you cannot do formic while feeding.

    Was it...
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    Re: Washington

    The bees had a pretty good foraging week for November, and brought back some pollen from ivy, camellia, and viburnum.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
    •11/4 - 11/10/19

    [A honey bee examining spent...
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    Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    Since I bought two packages in spring 2015, I have kept just two hives and sometimes one nuc as a spare. Inspection and mite treatment are no big deal with just a few hives. They produce sufficient...
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    Re: Washington

    We had pleasant, sunny weather throughout the past week. It was a little cold but the bees had at least a few foraging hours everyday and brought back some pollen from ivy and camellia.

    •Lake...
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    Re: Lowest observed foraging temperature

    One of my 3 colonies would fly in upper 40’s and bring back some ivy pollen. The other two would wait until it gets ~50F. We had unusually warm weather last January and the bees foraged on Hazelnut...
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    Re: Washington

    After one very rainy week, we had a week of relatively dry and not-too-cold weather, and the bees were able to bring in a fair amount of ivy pollen. Yellow jackets, which have been harassing my...
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    Re: Power For A Vaporizer

    This is what I use (it is quite old). I set it at 12V10A (do NOT use 60A), ‘deep cycle’, and initially ‘charge’. After I insert the vaporizer into the hive and sealed it, I switch from ‘charge’ to...
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    Re: Unexpected Source of Late Season Pollen

    Interesting, my poppies were pretty much done before August, but next year, I’ll sow some in early summer to see if I can get them to bloom in fall. Weather permitting, my bees collect ivy pollen...
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    Re: Washington

    The bees worked on the ivy whenever it was dry and warm enough. We had a few frosty mornings and tender annuals are pretty much done.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
    •10/7 - 10/13/19

    [Honey bees...
  11. Re: This is getting ridiculous (Varroa and OAV treatment)

    I’m in my 5th year and still experimenting on mite treatment. Since I only carry a few hives, my goal has always been 100% winter survival. If I had a dozen hives like the OP, I might cull a few...
  12. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    About 95% pollen found in my hives came from the ivy (the rest were dandelion/cat’s ear, evening primrose, and jewelweed). I could smell nectar around my hives during a few, precious sunny...
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    Re: Buying an Extractor....

    I bought that one on sale and have used it for 4 seasons. The handle can get loose and sometimes gets bent (and I had to bend it back), but it has worked for me. I only keep two ‘production hives’...
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    Re: Washington

    English ivy is in bloom everywhere. We removed honey supers and extracted very dark honey (probably knotweed). The bees will backfill the brood nest with ivy honey, but I also feed them in case they...
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    Japanese knotweed flowers faded and English ivy began to bloom seriously.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
    •9/16 - 9/22/19

    [Honey bees on Thai basil and glossy abelia]
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    •New blooms
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    Re: Bees Bringing in Fungus in place of pollen

    wow!
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    Re: Partridge Pea

    deleted (responded to an older post)
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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...
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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...
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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...
  24. 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...
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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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