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    Re: tulip poplar nectar

    Outside Richmond va, I have a 50 ft holly that always blooms at the same time as my tulip poplars, but yet the holly hums and is covered with bees while the tulip polars that surround him are quiet/...
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    Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Swarm moved into a bait box. Powhatan, 23139. 4/24
  3. Thread: 5 Frame nucs

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    Re: 5 Frame nucs

    You are right Jw. My 3 nucs this year will be from my strongest queen from late June 2018. I will create those nucs a week or 2 after the tulip poplar bloom. Come next spring those 3 nucs will be...
  4. Thread: 5 Frame nucs

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    Re: 5 Frame nucs

    not sure I would call a queen coming out of her first winter worn out. My experience has been that first true spring is when she is at her best. Could be my winters are not to hard as compared to...
  5. Thread: 5 Frame nucs

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    Re: 5 Frame nucs

    I am with JW on this one. Nuc to me is a queen & her brood. An over wintered nuc is entirely different then a spring nuc. For me my overwintered nucs are usually my gang busters in the spring...
  6. Thread: First Swarm

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    Re: First Swarm

    Weird year for me so far. Normally I am dealing with swarms, swarm cells queen cells, or something. Not this year not a cell in any of my hives. Just happy queens with and avg of 12-15 frames of...
  7. Thread: Virginia

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    Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Am late as usual will try and get mine up tues/wed. Funny thing is I have about 25 cedars surrounding my yard, between my swarms and others folks in the area I catch more swarms in those cedars then...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Dddilion where in richmond about are ya?
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    Re: Bloom moving north, pear, plum, and peach

    5 of 7 plum trees in full bloom, bees working them all hard. All you hear is the humming of bees when u get close. Peach trees are starting to go and should be in full bloom by next weekend. 75...
  10. Thread: Virginia

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    Re: Virginia

    Strange, my apricots are not close, but the red maple was in full bloom by valentines. He’s been the same week for the last 3 years. The maple for the last 10 years has been more reliable. The...
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    Re: Virginia

    Plum tree started to bloom today, Powhatan va 23139. Way to early! 6 others rdy to pop, but have not.
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    Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2015

    Powhatan, Va
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    75 ft. Maple tree off the side porch has a few buds opening on the lower branchs. I have been checking her daily for a week now first day i have seen any buds start to...
  13. Thread: who is this bee

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    Re: who is this bee

    It sounds like a Japenese giant hornet . If so very bad an invasive species that has a super painful sting and can and will wipe out a hive. I catch them every now and again hanging outside my hives....
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    Re: Hello from Chesterfield,VA

    welcome am just west of u in powhatan.
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