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    Re: Help! Bad at seeing eggs

    I have black, white, and natural wax foundations, and I find them all pretty equal in their ability to highlight eggs. As others have mentioned, lighting seems to be the most important factor--I can...
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    Re: Missouri

    I believe that's multiflora rose. Highly invasive. In fact, my to-do list has "remove multiflora rose" on it right now because I've got a big one alongside my driveway I need to get rid of.
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    Re: Missouri

    In the last few days, I've seen oxeye daisies, cornflowers, and bee balm in bloom. All of these are reportedly used as food by honey bees, but I'm not sure how much since I haven't seen my own bees...
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    Re: Missouri

    This isn't an end-all-be-all, but Eversweet Apiaries has a few pollen color charts. The spring chart is here:...
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    We could use some dry days...similar to last year, it's been either cold or raining for much of the black locust bloom this year. That's a missed opportunity and always a bummer. Hopefully all this...
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    I paid more attention as I drove home today, and I'm pretty sure those were locusts in bloom.

    A tulip poplar I walk past every day bloomed since yesterday too.
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    I think I saw locust trees in bloom yesterday (6 May) while I was driving home from work. Anyone else seeing them?
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    Re: COVID-19 Infection in Beekeepers

    An obituary search shows beekeepers are not immune to death by COVID-19. I personally wouldn't put any stock into this claim without multiple, peer-reviewed, double-blind scientific studies....
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    Re: Another Bee Threat...

    Holger,

    From reading up last year when this was originally reported, I don't think screens are considered to be very effective. If the bees want to fly they've got to get past the hornets. And our...
  10. Thread: Missouri

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    Re: Missouri

    My earliest clover blooms were along a tractor lane, so maybe they like the exhaust. :)

    I don't have a pic of the ground right outside my fenced yard, but it's teaming with white clover (you can...
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    I'm shocked you don't have clover yet. I did a highway litter cleanup yesterday and there was white and red clover blooming all over place. And the stuff here at my place is on strong.

    Wild...
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    Re: Another Bee Threat...

    :thumbsup:
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    My rain gauge shows 4" inches of rain over the last week, but the skies cleared today and it was the first time this year I've seen the bees really working the white clover.

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  14. Re: Possible recommended OA vaporizer dosage changes

    100% this. The act of monitoring the results of mite treatments is ignored by a great number of people, who then come here confused about why their bees didn't overwinter despite performing a few OAV...
  15. Re: I need experienced opinions help, do you think these are supercedure cells?

    Those are capped drones. Take a deep breath. Queen cells will be bigger than that, and droop down.
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    White clover started blooming in good numbers here today.

    I also had a bunch more of the wild hyacinth flowers bloom today, and the bees were all over them. There were usually multiple bees on...
  17. Re: When to check for laying queen after split?

    Same thing here. And if I don't see signs of the queen after 28 days, I'll move a new frame of eggs into the split and check again a week later. The new eggs are there to either give the bees more...
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    Re: Small Hive Beetles Ravaging New Colony

    So this kinda sounds like a smoking gun that you're dealing with a woodenware problem--the hive beetles are merely a symptom. As far as relocating your bees, it sounds like you've got a second hive...
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    Re: Small Hive Beetles Ravaging New Colony

    Ishtar, this is just my 2 cents, so take it or leave it. But this is what I recently told someone else who asked about small hive beetles...



    So my first questions to you, Ishtar, would...
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    Re: Missouri

    Saw a couple wild blackberry flowers earlier this week. Most of the buds are still closed up though, so they're really of no value to honey bees yet.

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    Yesterday I had wild hyacinth...
  21. Re: Possible recommended OA vaporizer dosage changes

    The statement "the current legal limit of vaporizing 1 g is totally worthless" raises a flag to me. While I don't doubt that higher doses of oxalic acid could have higher efficacy, the idea that 1...
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    Re: Varroa mite spotted

    It's hard to recommend a course of action after seeing a single mite on your bottom board--this would not normally be cause for alarm. If your supplier was doing their job, the mite count should be...
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    Re: Tennessee

    Great video. Embarrassed to say I'd never heard of the snowflower...looks like its range is limited to the southeastern US, so I guess we don't get it here in the Midwest.
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    Re: Missouri

    I've definitely seen bees working oak trees for pollen this time of year. Having a hard time gauging their interest this year since it's been so dang cold lately. I'll keep an eye out for them...
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    Re: "Camoflage" hive bodies, ideas?

    Those both look like very effective woodland camouflage, nice job. I do suspect you'd tire of either process if you have to do this for more hives in the future, so you may want to explore ways to...
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