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  1. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    Bigleaf maples began to bloom. We put a honey super on.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

    •3/30 - 4/5/20

    •Bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum): one of the most common deciduous trees of the Pacific...
  2. Thread: Washington

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    It was mostly cloudy or rainy during the past week. In addition to honey bees, bumble bee queens (Bombus vosnesenskii & B.melanopygus) and bee flies (Bombylius) visited my garden.

    •Lake Forest...
  3. Thread: Washington

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    We had a week of dry, 55-60F weather. I saw a small number of drones flying for the first time this year.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

    •3/16 - 3/22/20

    [Honey bees on flowering plum and vinca...
  4. Thread: Washington

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    Flowering plums, red maples and pussy willows came to full bloom. It was a little cold during the past week but the bees had a couple of ~50F afternoons.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

    •3/9 -...
  5. Thread: Washington

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    The bees brought back pollen from flowering plums and willows.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

    •3/2 - 3/8/20

    •New blooms

    •Flowering pear or Callery pear (Pyrus calleryana): a fairly common...
  6. Thread: Washington

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    The bees had another pretty good foraging week. They no longer showed interest in pollen sub.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

    •2/23 - 3/1/20

    [A honey bee on Higan cherry]
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    •New blooms
  7. Thread: Washington

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    The bees had a couple of sunny, ~55F afternoons and brought back some natural pollen. I saw a queen bumble bee for the first time this year.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

    •2/17 - 2/23/20

    •New...
  8. Thread: Washington

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    We had relatively dry, but <50F weather in the past week. The bees kept collecting pollen sub.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

    •2/10 - 2/16/20

    [Honey bees on reticulated iris, Dutch crocus,...
  9. Thread: Washington

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    After days of relentless rain, we had a sunny afternoon today.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

    •2/3 - 2/9/20

    •New blooms

    •Daffodil (Narcissus), one of early blooming varieties with yellow...
  10. Thread: Washington

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    It was not cold but rained every day. Pollen sub I offered in a roofed area became very popular.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

    •1/27 - 2/2/20

    •New blooms

    •Elm (Ulmus): clusters of...
  11. Re: Rain, rain, go away and the importance of local queens

    Yes it has been very depressing. Burlaps in the quilt boxes turned white with molds. Huge slugs live under the telescoping covers. I began to offer a small amount of pollen sub and warm water in my...
  12. Thread: Washington

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    This winter has been relatively warm but very wet. The bees flew fairly often but I have not seen much pollen coming in.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

    •1/6 - 1/26/20

    [A honey bee on a...
  13. Thread: Washington

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    On January 3rd, I saw my bees bringing back some pollen for the first time since early December.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

    •12/23/19 - 1/5/20

    [Foragers with yellowish pollen, 1/3/20]...
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    Re: Asian Giant Hornet

    Looked several Japanese websites and it seems that 7 mm works fine against the giant hornet.
  15. Thread: Dead outs

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    Re: Dead outs

    I guess it is crystalized nectar; this photo was shot in late October after the ivy flow (ivy nectar easily gets crystalized).
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    Re: Asian Giant Hornet

    OMG thanks for the video. I have heard that in some area in Japan they drink ‘giant hornet liqueur’ and enjoy stir-fried larvae……
  17. Thread: Washington

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    It was not cold but rained often during the past two weeks. The bees had several flying opportunities but I did not see them bringing back pollen.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
    •12/9 - 12/22/19
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    Re: Typical size of winter cluster??

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    This is my Carniolan nuc January 2019 (3 seams, depth unknown, but not beyond the top deep). My 8-frame Carniolan hives had 5-6 seams of bees. They all overwintered fine (our winter is very...
  19. Thread: Washington

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    After very cold Thanksgiving week, we had a week of fairly warm weather and some foragers brought back small amounts of pollen.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
    •11/25 - 12/8/19

    [A forager with...
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    Re: Ants emptied one box

    I saw videos where a certain orchid (Cymbidium floribundum) was used as a swarm lure for Apis cerana japonica. They simply put a potted plant by empty hive boxes (this won’t work for Apis mellifera)....
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    Re: Thank God that’s over- kids are flying

    Yup, the Thanksgiving week was pretty cold (fortunately we had no snow). Yesterday my bees (Carniolan) were flying and some foragers brought back small amounts of pollen. They are still ditching a...
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    Re: Ants emptied one box

    Well, if you already have a trap and still got that many ants, I’m not sure whether this would help, but

    I made mine according to the idea by R_V (see the first post of this thread....
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    Re: Bottom Board Mite Counts

    One thing to remember is a mite drop count can be very inaccurate during winter if dead bees pile up on the screen bottom (and during summer if ants carry away dead mites). During late fall - winter,...
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    Re: Bottom Board Mite Counts

    I wait until mid December because I get a better chance to hit the broodless moment (i.e., 2nd OAV a week later gives near-zero drop). But if I saw >20 natural drops per day in mid November, I would...
  25. Re: An absolutely robber proof entrance for a small colony

    Interesting!

    This past October, my smallest and gentlest colony was under attack by yellow jackets. I narrowed the entrance disc to almost one-bee size (YJ here can get through the queen excluder...
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