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  1. Thread: Any ideas?

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    Any ideas?

    Hi all. Was out visiting the hives in Steuben County, NY and noticed this activity on my hives. This was taken a few days ago. It was on 2 of the three hives. There is an electric fence around the...
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    Queen on the ground?

    Hey all,

    Looking for some bee understanding!

    I was out visiting a bee yard, 3 hives. It was around noon on a hot and humid day, and we are in the middle of the goldenrod flow. On two of the...
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    Re: Ok, you amateur botanist;

    sorry, try this one:

    http://www.sampleseeds.com/?page_id=1286

    Then it should be the second picture from the top.
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    Re: Ok, you amateur botanist;

    Reminds me of this: Agastache foeniculum
    Second one down here: http://www.sampleseeds.com/?s=Mint&x=0&y=0

    If you break the stem, the smell may be a clue.
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    Re: Wintering bees in a cold climate.

    Let me speak to the thermodynamics of overwintering bees. If you have a ball of bees, they need to expend a certain amount of calories (eat honey) to counteract the energy that is radiated away from...
  6. Thread: New York

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    Re: New York

    New York City http://www.bees.nyc
  7. Thread: New York

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    Re: New York

    Also be sure to check your local zoning laws. Found out that bees are considered livestock and are not allowed in residential zoned areas.
  8. Thread: New York

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    Re: New York

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  9. Thread: New York

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    Re: New York

    Went to inspect the hives hoping to pull off the honey. Could not believe frame after frame of brood! What do the bees know that I don't? Lots, apparently!

    Good luck with the late swarms.
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    Lavender from a bees perspective

    Hi all,

    Ran across this and thought it was interesting. (2013, so you may have already read it)

    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2435.12178/full

    It is an interesting study to...
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    Re: How to catch a wild swarm?

    Len,

    Read through some of the posts here and you'll get a general idea of what people are doing. There seem to be a few critical points to a trap:
    -size (something like a deep in size)
    - smell...
  12. Thread: New York

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    Re: New York

    May 21st-May 26th, swarms and after swarms. 14870 a Caton, NY. My hive swarmed May 27, could only wave at them 30' up in a tree.
  13. Re: Who else had problems with purchased queens?

    Why ever buy queens? for small (<10 hives?), how else do you introduce new genetic material?

    I had a mixed bag with Meadow. One died when I transferred to a super from a nuc, which could have...
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    National geographic article

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/07/honey-bees-africa-animals-science-birds/?utm_source=NatGeocom&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=wild_science_20160815&utm_campaign=Content&utm_rd=1965714661
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  15. Thread: Noob

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    Re: Noob

    Welcome Casey. I'm down in painted post. I am fascinated by the many facets of bees as well. Good luck to you!

    K
  16. Thread: Plant id?

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    Re: Plant id?

    Side question - How do you tell that from henbit and dead nettle?
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    Re: Keys to Treatment Free Beekeeping

    You haven't mentioned any monitoring of mite levels. Also, the package bees I got must have been treated, as they didn't have any mites on them. I don't see the drawback in using package bees, as...
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    Re: Bluejays and bees

    While deer fence may work, it sure screws with bees. At least the netting I have does. The bees really have a hard time hitting the dime sized holes. They make it eventually, but who wants to add...
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    Re: Thermal cameras

    Sony used to sell digital cameras (<100$) with a "night mode" pre 2005. Typically cameras block the IR and let the visible through. In the night vision mode, they blocked the visible and let the...
  20. Thread: 2/1 vs 1/1

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    Re: 2/1 vs 1/1

    Another interesting thing to me is that the sugar concentration in nectar varies quite a bit. Some plants produce a ton but at a low sugar content. Some plants produce a small amount but at high...
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    Re: Dead robber bumblebee.

    I also saw a bunch of dead bumbus when I inspected two of my hives. Five in one and three in another. Weather has been pretty dry, so I wonder if they were just looking for a free meal. We do have...
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    Re: Virginia Creeper

    I also have noticed bees on flowers that they normally won't be on. For instance day lilies. Who knew there were nectoraries around the base of the flowers!
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    Re: Warm welcoming summer Goldenrods

    Most plants are easy to pull up or contain. Mint is something that is like bamboo and sends runners underground. Definitely be careful about where you plant it! I plant it between the house and the...
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    Re: Tree suggestions for upstate NY

    Thanks everyone. I have a few that I need to research further!
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    Tree suggestions for upstate NY

    All,

    I need suggestions for a tree or bush between my property and my neighbor. I would like these things:
    1. Visual wall, so I don't see my neighbor. I am uphill, so when I look out, I see his...
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