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    Re: thermal camera issue

    I use my FLIR i7 after dark or on a very cloudy day. The signature from a live hive is faint but distinct. A dead hive shows a distinct absence of a warm spot. These were uninsulated.

    Any...
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    Cheap UV Camera Project

    Hi, all! I've been absent from the forum for a while, working on a novel and helping my wife create pollinator habitat at our HOA. Plus, I've just committed myself to Master Naturalist training,...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    During our January cold snap, we lost our two strongest hives, a classic "starved surrounded by honey" situation. One hive and a garage-kept nuc survived in good order.

    The full hive is our best...
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    New Science Fiction Beekeeping Story

    A few of you may know I write science fiction. After keeping bees, it occurred to me that Robert Heinlein (Starship Troopers) had a very poor understanding of eusocial colonies, and his view of...
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    Re: Another First Mead Batch

    I have tried vinyl cling wrap around the lid of a storage container to seal it up in a CO2 fumigation test. Based on several trials, I can say it did nothing to stop gas loss against a slow leak. ...
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    Re: First Mead Batch

    Take this from a beginner, but one with enough chemistry and biology education to make sense of it. There are tables that predict all this, but everything is linked.

    How much alcohol you CAN...
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    Re: What air compressor do you have?

    Since my last post, I bought a second compressor, this time a rolling model. Going from memory (it is 130 miles away at the moment) it is about a 20 gallon Husky from Home Depot. It has over twice...
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    Re: First Mead Batch

    It is an adventure. That target range of SG I gave came from the specific recipe that used 12 ounces of raspberries, a lot less than your recipe. I measured the SG after adding the fruit, but...
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    Re: First Mead Batch

    The bag of fruit mash was indeed a problem. Shortly after fermentation started it attempted to escape up the neck of the jug. Trying to hold it down with a plastic soda straw worked for a few...
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    Re: table saws

    I'm guessing you don't mean the 7 1/4" blade. Hopefully it can handle full sized.

    Looks like a good upgrade from mine, which is closer to that $75 hunk of junk.
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    Re: Has anyone used these for mason jar feeding?

    If using copper tubing, you could use a flaring tool to make a slight flange so it can't pull thru, and add a little strength.
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    The second one seems to be blocked in the US, probably due to a copyright issue.
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    Re: Has anyone used these for mason jar feeding?

    I'd avoid any lead-based solder for this. Aren't mason jar lids coated with plastic inside?

    I'm kinda fond of JB Weld epoxy. If worried about contamination, you could use a food grade epoxy,...
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    Re: Has anyone used these for mason jar feeding?

    I can see some merit to it. We use a queen castle set up with four apartments, and at the moment, each board for covering the apartments has a large hole cut out for a feeder jar. We have to cover...
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    Re: Walabot for seeing into hives?

    I've used stud finders that work with ultrasound. Don't have much use for them.

    I have a thermal imager and it can spot studs in most cases. It can also spot bees, but to use it you need either...
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    Re: Hi from Richmond, VA

    My old home town! Welcome aboard. Our stock broker down there keeps bees. There are some good bee clubs down there ... not a bad idea to check them out and see if they teach a bee school.
  17. Re: When Music and Beekeeping Collide, Flight of the Bumblebee

    Our bees did this version:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiLhImQVHBY

    The Mighty Teraquad (my video computer) created this from sheet music, using Finale Notepad.
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    Re: More on Puerto-Rican gentle Africanized bees

    We were booked before Maria hit, for a cruise in December. Now the ship is not going anywhere near the island.

    I'm sure they will miss the tourist $$$, but there is so much rebuilding to do, we'd...
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    Re: First Mead Batch

    I racked the first batch to a second bottle a few days ago. I took the opportunity to sample a little. As Tenbears suggested, it was still kinda sweet. SG is down to 1.018. This morning, I put...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    The temps were forecast to be 50 at our apiary today, but only hit 40 in the shade, maybe 50 where the hives were. But that kept the bees quiet. The operation for the day was to pull off the...
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    Re: Native wasps (not just yellowjackets)

    I managed to catch this Thread-Waisted wasp with prey. Sounds like this is the kind of critter our OP likes.

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    Re: Native wasps (not just yellowjackets)

    In June, 2016, Wonderful West Virginia Magazine published a 2-page spread of a wasp covered in pollen. The photograph is credited to Josh Shackleford. This critter has wallowed in pollen, and we...
  23. Re: Has anyone ever experimented with heating syrup in feeder in a winter hive?

    Based on Michael Bush saying that he'd found the bees will accept gently warmed syrup faster than they will cold syrup, I put together a heater adapted from an under-gravel aquarium heater of about 7...
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    Re: Next Gen Bee Vacuum

    I watched the video and have a couple of questions.

    How does that foam pad on the side provide a landing pad for the bees?

    That *-shaped opening in the bottom of the capture bucket does not...
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    Re: Next Gen Bee Vacuum

    Been thinking along those lines. I've been considering using off the shelf stuff and putting it in a single easily carried box, but a backpack might be good.

    A swarm collection expert in our club...
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