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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    If you saw me working outside without a shirt on, you would swear you found him.:D
  2. Thread: Virginia

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    Re: Virginia

    Gawd, I hope not! Only have four more nucs to sell to get back to the low 20's for a hive count. Summer splits will bring me back up close to 40. I'ma no wanna so many bees!
    The swarm traps are for...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Hmm, tanging. Russ, wanna join me on a snipe hunt?

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snipe_hunt
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    Re: Can anyone explain this?

    Trin, I have no evidence to corroborate this, but my belief is that the bees kicking the drones out in late spring is a sign that the swarming urge has passed. They will maintain a much smaller drone...
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    Re: You don't know til you look

    Yeah, I still have a hive that is either drone layer or laying worker. Have not see a queen so I suspect LW. Will be doing summer nucs soon and will give the swapped hive thing a try.
  6. Thread: Virginia

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    Re: Virginia

    Good for you. The trap I have at work still has not landed a swarm but has had good activity every day. What gives? Maybe the girls will surprise me Monday.
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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)...
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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...
  21. Thread: LaunchAmerica

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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...
  23. 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.
  24. 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...
  25. 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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