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  1. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    It was somewhat chilly and rained often during the past week. The black locust bloom slowly progressed. I also began to find some flowers on tulip poplar trees and blackberry bushes. See below for...
  2. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    The bees collected lots of nectar during the past 10 days or so. Hawthorn pollen was frequently found in the hives.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

    •5/11 - 5/17/20

    [Honey bees on cascara...
  3. Thread: Washington

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    The bees started swarm preparation (intercepted).

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

    •5/4 - 5/10/20

    •New blooms

    •Cat’s ear or false dandelion (Hypochaeris radicata): looks like a dandelion, but...
  4. Thread: Washington

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    In the past week, the bees brought back pollen from vine maple, apple/hawthorn, cherry, cherry laurel, camellia, holly, bluebell, dandelion, spruce, and etc (as determined by availabilities, colors,...
  5. Thread: Washington

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    Honey bees, bumble bees, orchard mason bees, and many other insects worked on various flowers.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

    •4/20 - 4/26/20
    [A honey bee on Tuscan kale]
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    •New blooms
  6. Thread: Washington

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    It seems that the peak of this year’s maple flow has passed, although many bigleaf and vine maple trees are still in bloom in shadier locations. Unlike last year, the weather was very cooperative...
  7. Thread: Washington

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    The weather was exceptionally nice during the past week. Maples, cherries and dandelions are blooming everywhere.

    •Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

    •4/6 - 4/12/20

    [A bumble bee on bigleaf maple...
  8. Thread: Washington

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    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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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 -...
  12. 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...
  13. 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
  14. 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...
  15. 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,...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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.
  22. 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……
  24. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    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...
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