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  1. Thread: Washington

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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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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’...
  5. Thread: Washington

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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...
  6. Thread: Washington

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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!
  8. Thread: Partridge Pea

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    Re: Partridge Pea

    deleted (responded to an older post)
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  18. 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
  20. 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).
  22. 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...
  23. 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...
  24. 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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