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    Re: Christmas ideas for a new beek

    I would get a Varrox wand from Oxavap. Like an extractor, it can be pricey initially but because of that would be a really well-appreciated gift. Once you have the wand, treating for mites only costs...
  2. Thread: Quilt Boxes

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    Re: Quilt Boxes

    Thanks for the vid, very helpful as I'm building mine today. My favorite part: the visit from the cat. :)
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    Re: goldenrod season in the NE

    Mine are piling in big balls of yellow GR pollen and a lot of nectar. Traffic is as heavy as in midsummer! We are warmer than other places in the northeast because of the surrounding ocean, so our...
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    Re: another plant id, please

    Yellow bells, the scientific name is Tecoma stans.
  5. Re: Zombie flies (Apocephalus borealis) control, IPM

    Are you sure they're zombees? Could just be regular bees. I had a lot of bees at my porch light last year and tested them for zombee fly as part of a "citizen science" online project. All you do is...
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    Re: another plant id, please

    Thanks Clyderoad. I've benefited from your advice many times, so am happy to return the favor.
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    Re: another plant id, please

    Bidens frondosa, Devil's Beggarticks.

    Here's a page from the University of Massachusetts with photos--same leaves, flowers, and sometimes reddish stems.
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    Re: Bee Behaviour when feeding

    I started internal feeding in a Lang hive the other day and my bees are doing the same thing. Cruising all over my backyard and near the house. It's like they think, "Hey, free food! Let's look...
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    Re: help with Plant ID

    Hi Clyderoad,
    Looks like dogbane. Bees do love it!
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    Re: This is how I deal with small hive beetles

    Thank you! I have been trying all sorts of things for beetles and this sounds great. I had no idea you could get DE at the regular big box hardware store, thanks for giving the product name....
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    Re: Queen Cups on bottom of frames

    Thanks Clyderoad! I always appreciate your thoughtful help and your knowledge about our local conditions. You've taken a load off my mind, thanks again.

    I did see capped worker brood (lots of it),...
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    Queen Cups on bottom of frames

    I did a full inspection today as part of my fall prep and found two queen cups on the bottom of a frame.

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    They appeared to have something white in them.

    There were also these cells that...
  13. Thread: odd thought

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    Re: odd thought

    Next spring, set up a swarm trap there. You might get lucky!
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    Re: Why is honey so light colored and clear

    Black locust makes honey like that. This year our black locust bloom was a bust but my bees made very clear, almost-white, delicately floral honey with the catalpa bloom.'
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    Re: Bees stuck to wall of extractor.

    I had that happen too and I hated it. Now I use one of those silicone squeegee type kitchen tools to get more honey out, and then just wash it out in the yard. They do love cleaning out the empty...
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    Re: Why did you start up beekeeping?

    I've always been fascinated with bugs, wild plants, and the incredibly intricate systems of nature. Bees are the epitome of that intricacy, and the more you learn about them, the more there is to...
  17. Re: Are pencil size holes too small for a beehive

    Maybe the person thought it would keep birds from nesting in there. Or, they only had the one size of drill bit and thought a bunch of small holes = same area as a big hole.
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    Re: Very light honey

    I just harvested honey like that--almost clear, very pale yellow, with a delicate floral flavor, but it is the normal thickness. We have some huge catalpa trees in my neighborhood and my bees were...
  19. Thread: Plant ID

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    Re: Plant ID

    Fireweed
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    St. Johnswort
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    Juneberry, Serviceberry, Sarvis (all names for the same plant--berries are edible when ripe)
    Oxeyes daisy
    Goats Beard
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    Yarrow
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    Re: Lowest box full of bees.

    Are they building comb? When they are, you'll see chains of bees hooked or scaffolded together like that. You can't really see that they're building comb, but over a few days it will appear.
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    Re: When to put honer super on

    I'm only in my second year so take this with a grain of salt, but I would remove the pollen patty (lots of real pollen coming in) and add another box. It's up to you if you want to keep feeding--some...
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    Re: Transporting a Hot Smoker

    I use a 6-gallon galvanized ash bucket with a lid. The big box hardware store has them for $16 in the barbecue dept. in the summer, and in the fireplace dept. in the winter.
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    Drone Layer Combine

    I made a split on May 23 and checked it today for the first time. (28 days elapsed since the split)

    It's full of capped drone brood, with maybe 20 capped worker-size cells. And 3 queen cells with...
  24. Re: Bees in my hair: Help! ( European bees attacking, Wild bees nesting )

    Do you have dark hair? The bees may perceive you as an "animal" (bear, etc) and instinctively try to chase you away. I have dark hair and aways cover it when I'm near a hive. If I don't cover it,...
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    Re: Rosa Multiflora aka Japanese rose

    Beautiful! The dark bee looks like one of mine. Hello to all in Auburn--I have relatives there. :)
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