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  1. Re: Mouse invades hive. Watch it happen!

    If anyone is trying to read this on the mobile site, the link to the video omits the timestamp, so here it is in plain text:

    https://youtu.be/gh7bUtECd0Y?t=29460
  2. Re: Mouse invades hive. Watch it happen!

    It was raining at the time, so I'm not surprised the mouse wanted a warm place to hole up for the night.
  3. Mouse invades hive. Watch it happen!

    The BeeCam caught an invader last night! In he goes (click for video):

    http://ftp.kan.org/pictures/MouseEnteringHive.png

    Just before he pokes his nose in, you can see a guard bee at the far...
  4. Re: Ulster Hive - Mann Lake or Brushy Mountain?

    So I finally put this to use back in June, putting a small captured swarm into it for a presentation to my son's youth service club. In general it worked very well, but with a few niggling faults...
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    Re: Closing them in for a day

    Yup. I nearly killed my first colony by screening them in when the weather was in the mid-70s.
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    Re: Mixing a few (5-12) gallons of syrup

    For small amounts I mix it directly in the mason jars that I used for feeding.
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    Re: Monterey BT for wax moth prevention?

    So have we established that BtK does _not_ kill bees? Has anyone here sprayed it on their combs and lived to tell the tale?
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    Re: Liquid form of BT Aizawai

    This article from Syracuse Beekeepers says "Some other strains of Bacillus thuringiensis (BtK) are toxic to bees and humans, so beekeepers must resist the temptation of using other BT products. Do...
  9. Re: Cover crops that are good nectar sources in a Los Angeles Spring?

    . . . and it looks like that photo is actually Phacelia tanacetifolia, not Phacelia campanularia.
  10. Re: Cover crops that are good nectar sources in a Los Angeles Spring?

    Nice! This page says:



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    Any other candidates?
  11. Re: Cover crops that are good nectar sources in a Los Angeles Spring?

    And look at that purple pollen!

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  12. Re: Cover crops that are good nectar sources in a Los Angeles Spring?

    Nice! So Red + Yellow + Blue = Romania!

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  13. Re: Cover crops that are good nectar sources in a Los Angeles Spring?

    Hmmm. Fava beans are expensive.

    My garden plot is 60 x 70 = 0.1 acre, and I want to divide that into 3 colors for my flag, :D, so about 0.03 acres per color.

    Crimson clover sows at 20-25...
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    Re: Just a Tiny Amount of Bee Quick?

    I'd use one spray onto a branch, put the branch in the meter box, but the lid on the meter box, and then put the hive box a good 5-10 ft away.

    The repellents work, but they're not crazy strong....
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    Re: Just a Tiny Amount of Bee Quick?

    BeeQuick definitely works for evicting stragglers from a cutout or from a swarm branch.

    But don't spray it directly on the bees! If you spray the bees you will kill them, and if you don't kill...
  16. Re: Do beekeepers actually get feral bees removed from homes?

    I won't speak for anyone else, but as a local beek in Los Angeles I have personally experienced the following:

    I got started by keeping a feral hive that was cut out from my wall.
    I have...
  17. Re: Emerged queen cell and chewed queen cell

    Awesome photo! I've mentally filed this as a reference :D



    Ok; now I really want an observation hive!
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    Re: California

    A whole week without a swarm collected! But I got one today, 5/13/19:

    https://youtu.be/2qSZ1IGcxu0

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  19. Dequeened 13; requeened 10 days ago; now I have a new, small queen. ?????

    This colony overwintered, but wasn't building up, so I dropped the old queen in alcohol on 4/28 and put in a new marked Italian queen. I think I may have screwed up by putting the queen cage at the...
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    Re: California

    I forgot to mention one on 4/19 in Palos Verdes, 90274, successfully collected:

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    and 5/3/19 in Rancho Palos Verdes 90274, also successfully collected:

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  21. How many bees in a swarm the size of a softball/football/soccer ball/basketball?

    I get this question all the time when I arrive to collect a swarm, "How many bees are in there?"

    And I usually just say, "Oh, a few thousand," but without actually knowing.

    So how many bees...
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    Re: bee-proof gloves?

    How's the sizing on these? My LA Honey Co. gloves need replacing after 6 years, and I'm a legit XL in those gloves. I also need a set of Medium gloves for guests.

    And yeah, don't tell people "you...
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    Re: bee-proof gloves?

    How big are these? They advertise "one size fits all," which just sounds utterly ridiculous.
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    Easy Queen Capture

    I collected this swarm on Friday, and the queen was super easy to spot and capture. Not only does she show up on the video immediately, but she also walked herself into the queen clip:

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    Can Bees Read? 😂🤣😹

    Or, more accurately, can bees distinguish large letters on the front of a hive box?

    The BeeCam is now on auto-rotate:


    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE0jx2Z6qbc5Co8x8Kyisag/live

    to view...
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