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  1. Re: could spring finally be coming to the north east?!?!?!?!

    Aha. Now let me get this straight. I, on one hand, am missing my dandelions. You, on the other, have loads. So. You're the thief?
  2. Re: could spring finally be coming to the north east?!?!?!?!

    Where. The. Heck. Are. The. Dandelions.

    I see a post I made a few years ago now that saw dandelions on April 18th. Today is May 1st and nothing. Hello. Who stole all the dandelions.
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    kaizen, sounds like you've had quite the problem with wasps. You might be interested in natural predators to help with your wasp control.

    http://animals.mom.me/natural-predators-wasps-7754.html
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    I have a solar powered fence, and I could be wrong but I think you're supposed to take the solar panel in over the winter, otherwise the components deteriorate too quickly in the winter sun even if...
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    I heard it as they hibernate at first snow and wake up when the snow's just about gone in the spring. I don't know if that's a hard and fast rule. In southern NH here, it hasn't snowed, but I would...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Just don't look at Saturday's forecast....
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    As much as I hate to say it, hurry up hard freeze! Looks like frost here tomorrow night anyway.
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Wow. You found dead queens. Could it have been an encounter with a pesticide or other chemical? Someone is spraying for something this time of year?
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    When oh when oh when are bees going to adapt resistance to those dumb mites. The Russian strain did, so it must be possible.
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    Weird. You don't think it's something with the OAV do you?

    Actually that's what happened to me last year, but I blamed it on the drought. They either absconded or I don't know what, they just lost...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Checked my 2 hives yesterday and as suspected, they are not going thru anymore syrup, so that's the last of that. Brooding may be over. They're 100% Russians too so they are a little more frugal with...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Have you noticed bumblebees sleeping on the berries and other blossoms/leaves? I don't know if their homes are gone or what but they're sleeping all over the place. Maybe they're just getting old. :)
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Yeah, definitely wax moths. I didn't have safe storage for the frames from the deadouts, so I just took chances and left them out there. I could have completely closed off the hives, altho the heat...
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    Hmm. Well, never mind, there were bees in the hive but there were also still some spare "honey" (made from sugar syrup from last fall) frames, which is weird because they've been out there all...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    That is weird. It felt like a pretty soggy summer, or at least adequate rainfall. My area also appears to be abnormally dry, according to the map.
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    You can call me anything, just don't call me late for dinner. LOL. (Otherwise, it's Jessica)

    Well, this will be interesting. If it warms up enough today I'll lift the lid of that potential new...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Actually, now that I'm thinking about it... If a swarm did move into that deadout hive, and I think it did, whether it came from one of my hives or someone else's, it seems like the mother colony is...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Sorry about your bear visit, Ramona! It's always sickening to see that happen.

    I think a swarm may have homed in one of my deadout hives. Today when I was walking past, I saw a bunch of bees...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    We've got orange coneflowers here, I wonder if it could be those. (Oh. I guess that's the same thing or almost the same thing as the black eyed susans.)
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Moths have been terrible here, but it's mostly my fault, I left the deadouts in the yard, nowhere really to store them. Yesterday I took one apart to paint some pieces, and there were cocoons...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Wow, is this late goldenrod bloom nice. Not many asters here, but a ton of goldenrod. I saw bees with bright yellow but also with orange today. Not sure if the orange is also goldenrod or something...
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    Re: Colony Update here in MA

    Is anyone feeding yet besides me?

    Loving these bonus 80F days.
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    That's what I've noticed. Where are the asters? I'm thinking it was the drought last summer. Lotta goldenrod tho. Next few days supposed to be 80+ so their nectar should be flowing I think. Still, I...
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    Re: Golden rod ?

    I came to this site to see what people were saying about goldenrod and especially asters this season.

    Everything seems to be blooming late this fall! The asters are barely out. I see a lot of...
  25. One good thing about dinky hives: no drones

    Last summer's drought was a doozy on some of us in the northeast. I lost most of my hives, but had a small one revive in the spring. It didn't get to the booming population able to support drones,...
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