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    Re: You don't know til you look

    I do not know that to be true or not. Do you have anything to support it? Sounds like it would work, but instead of a bait hive, just move the target hive to the old location. If one were doing a...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    :thumbsup:

    You do not need a pressure gradient, just one of concentration.
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    Re: Ants and larvae

    Wax moth larvae. See them all the time on SBB.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    LJ, you know I am somewhat playing with you on this topic. I agree that the total permeable surface area of a cell is only a small percentage of the total area, and that the cell walls, being made...
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    Re: Stupid bee math, and size of a bait hive

    Thanks for setting me straight Greg. I could not remember which specific sizes were tested and did not have time to look through my copy of "Honey Bee Democracy".

    I agree with Ollie that the best...
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    Re: Wax dipped equipment

    Are trying to find out if it is a good idea, locate a vendor, or learn how to do it?

    Kamon Reynolds has a video of wax dipping his equipment and there are others on Y tube. Jeff at Hive Five...
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    Re: Trapping 2020 - success rate?

    Greg, great news! So this year so far you are 2 captured and 1 trapped, scouts at multiple locations. That is a pretty stong comeback. More so because you are not capturing your own swarms.

    I...
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    Re: You don't know til you look

    I did my very first shake out yesterday. In the past, I have done as you were suggesting, just let them die out. And, I have let several dozen die out in the past. Now I needed the equipment (nucs)...
  9. Thread: LaunchAmerica

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    Re: LaunchAmerica

    Thoughts of Apollo 1 and Challenger were on my mind as well.
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    Re: Can anyone explain this?

    Overly zealous guard bee. Your bee probably no longer had the hive smell and was viewed as a foreign bee. On a similar note, my hives are actively removing the drones and that includes dragging them...
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    Re: Stupid bee math, and size of a bait hive

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading the blog/post. Langstroth may have come to the same conclusions when he designed the 10 frame hive, although I have head that it had to do with some packing boxes.

    In...
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    Re: Queen Absconded from holding Nuc

    Mated queens can fly, maybe not for miles, but certainly far and fast enough to make a hasty escape. I lost two that literally flew right out of my hands earlier this year.
    Can't help on the why she...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Neither are brood cappings, at least not entirely. They have to be porous so the larvae can breathe. If oxygen molecules can transverse the cappings, so can water molecules, which we all know are...
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    Re: Stupid bee math, and size of a bait hive

    Absinthe, Tom Seeley did a lot of research in determining what volumetric capacity was preferred by the bees. This was done in a closed environment with swarms of bees that were forced to choose one...
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    LaunchAmerica

    Well, America is back in space. I got chills just watching the launch knowing how important this was. To infinity and beyond.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    LJ, ever raise chickens? An egg appears to be non-porus but in fact water diffuses through the shell and membrane readily. If not kept in a very humid environment, the chicks will get stuck to the...
  17. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    Hogback Honey already mentioned dried road apples, so it appears you are blessed with an endless supply of smoker fuel.
  18. Re: bought 3 used wood edged QE, cleaning ? for the wood part

    Linda, I would not use boiling water on the wood for fear that it would damage it or cause it to warp. Scape it down good with your hive tool and swab it with bleach. Then rinse thoroughly and allow...
  19. Re: Welcome Leo Sharashkin, editor of Keeping Bees with a Smile!

    I think it is a shame that Dr. Leo does not frequent Beesource.
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    Re: You don't know til you look

    I think Salybee's advice to shake them INTO a strong hive is the way to go. Doing a normal shakeout while you have nucs with virgin queens could result in the laying workers being accepted into those...
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    Re: Bees tearing down queen cells

    LJ, When found in time, I harvest swarm cells and place them in the incubator to emerge. It is often said that swarm and supercedure cells produce the best queens. Why would anyone want to tear down...
  22. New study looks at quantity of food in caste determination

    This is well worth a read.

    Diet quantity influences caste determination in honeybees (Apis mellifera)
    Garett P. Slater, George D. Yocum and Julia H. Bowsher
    Published: 27 May...
  23. Thread: Lost Queens

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    Re: Lost Queens

    Jim, I'll be the first to admit that I am not familiar with Missouri temps, but late March seems too early for walk away splits. I did not start my first splits here in VA until then. Hope all works...
  24. Re: Need some guidance...Bee Hive B...Good...Bee Hive A...not so well...

    J, after you posted I went back and looked at the photos. It was deceiving, but I concentrated on the relationship of the hive to the metal chairs and the edge of the pallet and saw they were the...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    I believe that 78% RH at 93F is the sought after value for queen cells in an incubator.
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