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    Re: Southwest Suffolk VA Flower ID

    Thank you for the link. Very helpful.
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    Southwest Suffolk VA Flower ID

    Hello Everybody,

    Yesterday I noticed a fare number of honey bees on this flower in my field turning to woods. Can anyone identify the flower / plant in the picture? It seems to grow along with the...
  3. Re: Does anyone know the name of this flowering tree / bush?

    Hello ruthiesbees,

    It sounds like you know your flowers! Thanks for verifying that the plant is sumac. Lost of other flowers in bloom, in my field in SW Suffolk, with little bee activity. This one...
  4. Re: Does anyone know the name of this flowering tree / bush?

    Hello dddillon,

    Thanks for the tip about PlantNet. I'm going to download it today. I run across a lot of flowers and plants and this app sounds like it will be a big help. You know now that you...
  5. Re: Does anyone know the name of this flowering tree / bush?

    Hey Johno,

    The stem is smooth but you've helped me identify another "tree" in my small wooded lot, Devil's walking stick. I accidentally grabbed hold of one as I was waking and not looking and ...
  6. Does anyone know the name of this flowering tree / bush?

    I found this flowering tree/bush in my field yesterday and the honey bees and other pollinators were going nuts over it. Does anyone know the name of this plant?
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    Re: Greetings from the Shenandoah Valley, Va.

    Matt,

    A big beekeeper's welcome from Chesapeake, Va. You will find a lot of good and lively discussions. Enjoy.

    Bob
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    Re: crepe myrtle

    Very intresting article. Thanks for the link! Fascinating how nature works. My crepe myrtle is starting to bloom now and I'll be looking for those beneficial crapemyrtle aphid, Tinocallis...
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    Re: Hi from Bulgaria

    Welcome aboard martobg. I think you will find a lot of very helpful post here on these forums. I'm fairly new to beekeeping and it is nice to read some of the spirited exchanges in the postings. I...
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    Re: Yellow Wax new for you this year?

    Rob,

    I live in Chesapeake Va which is about 100 miles southeast of you. It is strange but one swarm I caught had the same yellow looking wax that you described. It was bright yellow like French's...
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    Re: BetterBee NWC Queen Bee

    I found the blog on BetterBee that I had referenced above. It was in their Jan. 1st 2012 blog. The blog post was written by Erica Stevens CEO Betterbee, Inc. In it she states, " ...Wilbanks Apiaries...
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    BetterBee NWC Queen Bee

    Has anyone had any experience with ordering a queen from BetterBee? It seems like I remember reading on their website that this year they will be shipping queens from their bee yard in upper New...
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    Re: Wintering A Breeder Queen

    Max2 thanks for the link. According to the sight it appears that a zinc excluder is rough on the bees. Quite a few different kinds of excluders. First I've ever heard of a drone excluder....
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    Re: Wintering A Breeder Queen

    AstroBee,

    Sounds good. I'd love to do a queen exchange. I'll let you know how my breeding startup goes. Suffolk is right next door. I'll love to see how you have your breeder hive set up...
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    Re: Wintering A Breeder Queen

    JD,

    You may be right. That option has been on mind. I might be bitting off more than I can chew for now. Do you happen to know who sells zinc excluders?

    Thanks for your insight.

    Bob
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    Wintering A Breeder Queen

    Hello Everybody,

    I was wondering what are some of the way to winter a breeder queen. I know, I know it is still spring but I'm already trying to make plans for next year. I really missed the boat...
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    Re: mating nuc stuff

    Rob,

    Is this close to the box you design. It is a mating box from Walter T Kelly but it has only thee entrances. Here is the description:

    This kit includes a standard hive body box with a...
  18. Re: First Tucson swarm . . . that actually seems EHB

    Joseph,
    Can you tell me what an EHB swarm is? Also with the caged queen...did that conflict with the queen in the swarm?
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    Re: Russell Apiaries

    Hello Bob here. Below is a link to a thread about Russell Apiaries started on 4/10. I don't know if it will be of any help to you but here it is. I hope you get your nucs.
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  20. May Have An Opportunity To Inherited Two Hives

    Hello Everybody,

    Someone at work has a friend that has two hives on his property and wants to get rid of them. He asked me if I would be interested in taking them off of his friend's hands. My...
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    Re: Pros and cons of Fumigilin-B

    AstroBee,

    Yes your post is very helpful. You are pretty close to the area that I live in so you know the type of weather we have been having, HOT and WET. After all the posts that I read here I...
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    Pros and cons of Fumigilin-B

    Can someone explain the pros and cons of treating bees in the fall with Fumigilin-B. I read in a local beekeeper's newsletter that it is no longer recommended treating healthy colonies with...
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