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  1. Thread: Failing split

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    Re: Failing split

    Last summer, a hive swarmed, leaving a somewhat small queen. I thought she was a virgin and got rid of other swarm cells (all capped). One week later, the queen was still small and I realized her...
  2. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    Honey bees worked on various flowers, including ones they would ignore during major flows. Roadside weeds are still plentiful, thanks to regular rainfall. I heard that it will be one of the wettest...
  3. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    The blackberry flow tapered off but it was a good one, I think. See below for a summary of June nectar flow. Japanese knotweed began to bloom in very sunny locations, where it was not cut earlier.
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  4. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    (continued from post #287)

    •New blooms (6/24 - 6/30/19)

    •Himalayan balsam or policeman’s helmet (Impatiens glandulifera); a large annual weed, 3’ - 6’ tall, with hollow stems, serrated leaves,...
  5. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    The bees collected lots of nectar and pollen during the past week. About 90% pollen came from the blackberry, and the rest included chestnut, tulip poplar, evergreen magnolia, privet, dandelion/cat’s...
  6. Re: Rant: People really need to stop mowing lawns every single week.

    While I do admire my neighbors’ immaculate lawns but I personally do not think feeding/watering/mowing lawns is worth doing. I once tried Dutch clovers and let them bloom, but then they began to get...
  7. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    •New blooms (continued from post #285)

    •Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense): a perennial weed, 3’ -5’ tall, with pink flowerheads and alternate leaves that are lobed and spiny (regional variations...
  8. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    We had a week of relatively cool temperatures and much needed showers, so foraging activities seemed somewhat slow, but I saw good progress in capping honey. Tulip poplars faded by the weekend....
  9. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    [continued from post #283]

    •Late, milkflower or parney cotoneaster (Cotoneaster lacteus): a large ornamental shrub, 6’ - 12’ tall, with alternate leaves and clusters of small, white, 5-petal...
  10. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    The bees collected a good amount of nectar and pollen during long daylight hours, dry and warm throughout the past week. One colony mostly brought back gray-colored blackberry pollen while another...
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    Re: Rotating Treatments Question

    I did some literature search and you are right, I could not find a good scientific paper demonstrating varroa’s resistance to apivar. I also could not find a paper showing resistance (of dog ticks)...
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    Re: Rotating Treatments Question

    I assume varroa mites will not develop resistance to OA (they might, someday), so I do OAV whenever it suits me, usually during brood break (after split/swarming, and in early winter).

    I also...
  13. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    (Continued from post#281)

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
    •6/3 - 6/9/19

    •New blooms

    •Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium): an upright wildflower 2’-5’ tall, with lance shaped leaves and long...
  14. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    In the past week, black locust flowers faded, tulip poplars came to full bloom, and blackberries began to bloom seriously. The bees made good progress in honey supers.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155...
  15. Thread: Gray Pollen?

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    Re: Gray Pollen?

    Gray pollen in Seattle area now is most likely from the blackberry, our major nectar source, which is now blooming everywhere. Orange pollens my bees recently brought in were Japanese snowbell and...
  16. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    (Continued from post#279)

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
    •5/27 - 6/2/19

    •New blooms

    •Chinese photinia (Stranvaesia davidiana, aka Photinia davidiana): a fairly common, large evergreen...
  17. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    It was dry and warm during the past week, and black locust trees appeared to be in full bloom, but I did not find much progress in honey supers yesterday. The most popular pollen source of the week...
  18. Re: OAV Treatment During Late spring and summer - 5 questions.

    Yes, my OAV treatment failure in August may partly be due to re-infestation; in the following year, I did Formic in a relatively cool week of August, but one of my hives apparently got re-infested...
  19. Re: OAV Treatment During Late spring and summer - 5 questions.

    I’m in Zone 8 and my bees have a rather short winter brood break and no summer brood break.

    1 savogran wood bleach

    2 2 grams or half teaspoon for double deeps. Like mcon672, I sometimes used...
  20. Thread: bee water feeder

    by Kuro
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    Re: bee water feeder

    I only have a few hives, so in summer-fall, I just use a shallow bowl filled with stones and pour water every morning. In case I forget to refill, I have another bowl placed over my lotus pond, which...
  21. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    (Continued from post#277)

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
    •5/20 - 5/26/19

    •New blooms

    •Elderberry (Sambucus): blue elderberry (S. cerulea) is a large native shrub with ash-like compound leaves...
  22. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    We had another week of cool weather but the majority of black locust trees are now in bloom and blackberry flowers can be found in sunny locations. Tulip poplars also began to bloom. It will be dry...
  23. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    (Continued from post #275)

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
    •5/13 - 5/19/19

    •New blooms

    •Birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus): a clover-like plant with yellow flowers.
    [Birdsfoot trefoil &...
  24. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    The high temperatures were 60-70F and the black locust bloom still looked like 10-20%, as of today. I saw numerous flower buds of Himalayan blackberry but no open flowers yet. Common hawthorns faded...
  25. Thread: Washington

    by Kuro
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    Re: Washington

    (Continued from post#273, since I can only put max 5 photos in one post)

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
    •5/6 - 5/12/19

    •New blooms

    •Black hawthorn (Crataegus douglasii): a native shrub/tree...
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