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    Re: Hive beetles

    One or two is nothing to worry about. One or two hundred is cause for concern. The bees do a pretty good job policing the SHB on their own, especially if you keep your hive body tolerances tight.
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    Sticky: Re: Any Beekeeping Podcasts?

    Subbed, I'll give it a listen.
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    Re: Irritating Vegans

    At the risk of becoming the whipping boy of this thread, I'm a vegetarian beekeeper. I do agree with the premise that drinking almond milk is very similar to eating honey in terms of its effect on...
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    Re: Small Hive Beetles and inspections

    You might be right. But I can say unequivocally that I had massive SHB problems until I addressed the woodenware defects. I routinely had hundreds of beetles on my inner covers every time I cracked...
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    Re: Missouri

    Boy I'd want to put a suit of armor on before I went into that one. Not for the bees, but because you've seen snakes hanging out in there. Incidentally I hit a copperhead while I was bush hogging...
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    Re: Small Hive Beetles and inspections

    EmilyJane, you may also want to explore the cause for your small hive beetle issues so your bees aren't constantly having to fend them off in hoards. This is something I've said to others on this...
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    Re: No Eggs, anyone selling a nuc?

    At that point I'd probably mark them at $125, depending on prevailing prices and how strong they are. I do agree with Jim that finding someone in your immediate area will be way more convenient for...
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    Re: Missouri

    I agree. I think I've seen bees on it later in the season when there's not much else to work, but nowhere enough to make any difference in the flavor of my honey.

    I actually like Queen Anne's...
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    Re: Missouri

    Queen Anne's Lace - 3 June
    Alfalfa - 6 June
    And a correction for my last post...I've got more of that milkweed blooming, and I now think it's purple milkweed, not common milkweed.

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    Re: No Eggs, anyone selling a nuc?

    Niki,

    This is a swarm I took out of a tree and installed into a nuc box last weekend. If your hive doesn't work out and you still need bees in about a month, I'd probably sell them to you (mainly...
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    Re: Washington

    Wow, great rundown. And if I lived in your region I'd definitely have to reference your website throughout the year.
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    Re: Missouri

    Swarmed 3-4 June. Got it in a nuc today.

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    Re: Missouri

    That's good to know about the persimmon. I have several of them planted, but they're all too young to bloom.

    I believe yellow sweet clover is dominating the attention of my bees right now. I've...
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    Re: Black Locus Bloom

    Since I started writing down bloom dates 5 years ago, I've seen black locust start to flower anywhere from 6-15 May. The blooms usually last a couple weeks. I'm in east-central Missouri--probably...
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    Re: Missouri

    American basswood (linden) trees kicked off yesterday (27 May) in St. Louis.
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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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    Re: Missouri

    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...
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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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