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    Re: Hornets & Bumblebees Feasting

    The black and white wasps are called "bald faced hornets" - "bald" being the term for things with white-colored heads - Like "bald eagles." These are actually in the paper wasp family (Vespidae) and...
  2. Thread: North Carolina

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    Re: North Carolina

    14 February 2019
    Also Prunus mume - Japanese Flowering apricot. This is what I saw and mistook for Crabapple. A Botanist friend corrected me, but I cannot do 'strikethrough' in the crabapple of my...
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    Re: North Carolina

    8 February 2019

    Raleigh NC, 27612

    Winter jasmine has been blooming for a few weeks as has something else with very light yellow pollen.

    Camellia has been in bloom for a week.

    Spicebush,...
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    Sticky: Re: Want Swarm Prevention? Try the OSBN Method

    Thanks so much for this! I will be trying this on some of my hives this year (3rd year in).
  5. Re: Strange bugs on the bottom board - in winter in NE!

    They sure look like Collembola (a.k.a springtails).

    https://bugguide.net/node/view/258368/bgpage
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    Re: BEE COLONIES - 100% WILD SURVIVOR STOCK

    Not kicking chocolate honey at all. I have harvested brood comb honey as well and it is fine. I just was pointing out the marketing that it was like fine wine or "chocolate" and worth extra money,...
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    Re: BEE COLONIES - 100% WILD SURVIVOR STOCK

    It is all in the marketing.

    The distinct name rang a bell. This is also the same person who wrote this article:

    https://www.beeculture.com/selling-honey-20-pound/

    I read this the year...
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    Re: Brushy Mountain Closing?

    Yeah, that was my gut feeling. Oooof. That is NOT going to sit well with the wife. Not that I am happy about it.
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    This stinks. All my equipment is BM and i have...

    This stinks. All my equipment is BM and i have always had good experiences with them.
    My wife juat got me a gift certificate in October for our anniversary. They better honor it.
    Where are some...
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    Sorry for the confusion. You are correct that it...

    Sorry for the confusion. You are correct that it is not bot flies for maggot therapy.

    I was referring again to blow fly larvae being used in the therapy. Not screw worms though.
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    There are no "human blowflies." You are referring...

    There are no "human blowflies." You are referring to primary screw worm, which infects cattle mainly, and can get to humans, but rarely. There is the human bot fly.
    The screw worm did have a sterile...
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    Re: Current Bee Performance

    I am in Raleigh and I harvested about 2-3 weeks ago (end of may- early June). The main flow ended near the end of May. They are still bringing in trickles of something, but Tulip poplar was hit and...
  13. Entomologist here. Apis spp. (A. mellifera etc.)...

    Entomologist here. Apis spp. (A. mellifera etc.) are the only ones with "detachable" stingers. All other hymenoptera have smooth stingers, including bumble and carpenter bees. Which means they can...
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    Re: swarm prevention with all 8 frame mediums

    I, also, run 8 frame medium boxes, and am in my 2nd year. I successfully overwintered 4 (after having to split the original 2 last year). the weather here in the Piedmont of NC, like the rest of...
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    Re: Your queen spotting ideas?

    All great information. I'm a 2nd year. All 3 hives survived the winter and are strong or too strong!

    I have a hive about to swarm (queen cups with eggs no more than 2 days old in "swarm" position...
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    Queenless or not?

    Going into my 2nd year, I have a strange situation. 4 hives, all 8 frame mediums. All survived winter and still have plenty of honey stores. It was warm enough the past few weekends for me to...
  17. Re: ? treat with OAV late winter without mite count?

    Nope. but multiple sites without citation (or links) doesn't help. THanks anyway for the NPN site.
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    Thanks. I don't think the trees in my area have gotten the report. I'll have to have the trees read that. LOL. I can find a few "observations" of red maples but no info on blooming.

    I'll...
  19. Re: ? treat with OAV late winter without mite count?

    Interesting. Reports from where, if you don't mind me asking? I would like to be able to tap into that for current and future use!

    It has been cold here (at least colder than the past few...
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    Re: Pollen in January

    In this area (central North Carolina) I have not seen dandelions yet, but that does not mean they aren't out there. :)

    We have a lot of introduced horticulture plants, and the ones that are...
  21. Re: ? treat with OAV late winter without mite count?

    I had treated my 4 hives with OAV on January 20th, 2018 without mite counting. I didn't feel it was warm enough to count, and It couldn't hurt to treat (I hoped).

    They were bringing in a lot of...
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    Re: Seeking suggestions on Note taking approach

    I am going into my second year, so I was a bit more over the top my first year, and I am glad I was.

    I started with 2 hives and through the year went 3, 5, 3, and ended with 4, due to normal bee...
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    Re: second round of OAV and no mites dropping

    Thanks Lauri. The outside temp was actually around 60 degrees F, so not too cool. It seems that every time I treat, there is a huge emergence of new bees and orientation that afternoon. Very...
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    Re: second round of OAV and no mites dropping

    Ah, got it. Nope, the count of the sugar shake was definitely mites. 30 years as a taxonomist and entomologist, I can distinguish parts from mites! :) I'm pretty thorough when sugar shaking. making...
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    Re: second round of OAV and no mites dropping

    I am not sure what you meant, kaizen, with your last sentence. I would think a false reading and unreliability would be if I am seeing NO mites in the sugar shake. I have seen mites with the sugar...
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