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    Re: List of Siberian nectar producing plants

    I'll be darned if I did not spot a patch of this same motherwort growing just near by.
    At "~ 500kg/hectare", I better check it out.
    :)
  2. Re: Bringing in Apis cerana to the US (Solve varroa problem)

    Here is more Cerana to watch:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq6-TIhjXok&pbjreload=10

    How do I know?
    Because Cerana are ventilating IN, not ventilating OUT.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    Notice on this exact video - how well distributed and distinct in 3-D space these colonies are (very closely located, and yet - distinct).
    No rows.
    No uniformity.
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    Re: Combining late season swarms with queens?

    They will draw - not a problem, be it even August.
    Just be sure - there is a flow (either natural or artificial; feed, to be safe).
    Swarms are ALL about building - they will - but they must have...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    Like I stated before - I feel this is not about the density as if by bee choice (even though similar density is often dictated by natural habitat - just no suitable cavities nearby is often found;...
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    Re: Nicot Laying Cage - complete success !!

    LJ, a bit too far from me - too bad (and a very different locale too because of the distance - the bee could be too different from my current needs).
    Now, IF I lived down the road - I'd change my...
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    Re: An interesting story about wasps

    I would encourage everyone to study your local insert population and identification.
    Lots of resources, like just one here:...
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    Re: Nicot Laying Cage - complete success !!

    LJ,

    Nothing wrong with the "big and strong and beautiful" queens as long as your expectations are reasonable for your particular setting.

    My personal issue with them is that people here (in...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Litsinger found a great document and posted in his thread (it is there to read).
    I will steal a great quote since it fits exact idea I am trying to maintain in my own "Darwinian-modified"...
  10. Thread: Bees and burdoc

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    Re: Bees and burdoc

    Good to hear!
    I need to remember for the fall/spring time (when there are young plants) and ask some advice food-wise.

    An old apple orchard I prune every spring has lots of burdock. A small...
  11. Re: What to do with a deep super full of goldenrod honey from previous year

    Indeed.
    It has a real flavor to it (not flavor-less generic honey from wherever).
    I here joke of the sweaty socks smell in September - it is a good sign to maybe having some goldenrod honey.
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    Re: What do i call my queens?

    Unsure why, but one important component of historic naming is lost.
    Did you all notice - how the historic names are location-attached?
    Caucasian Grays...
    Caucasian Yellows...
    Italians...
    Within...
  13. Thread: Bees and burdoc

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    Re: Bees and burdoc

    Burdock is indeed edible and has medicinal properties to it as well.
    I meant to dig up some in spring and.... did not get to it.

    Very good to excellent nectar source and loved by finches for its...
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    Re: Bees and burdoc

    Yes.
    Burdock is a good enough nectar source; bees like it.
    Here is a perfect picture too:
    https://sowtrueseed.com/products/burdock
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    I suppose one will easily spot a "big guy" operation nearby - it is true.
    I don't know of big guys near me either - good thing in many ways.

    Anyway, fingers crossed for you.
    Hopefully this hot...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    I don't know/understand much either, Russ.

    To clarify - the locally adapted bees are not exactly static in space and time either - the gradual changes are always taking places to reflect gradual...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Exactly what I have been saying in that "Saskatraz" queen topic nearby:


    This is all about maintainable locally adapted stock, not some unsustainable gimmicks called - "bee breeds" for sale....
  18. Re: What to do with a deep super full of goldenrod honey from previous year

    Yep.
    Or scrape using a fork - but it is slower, but less messy maybe.
    Or scrape using the knife's edge - less cappings to drop.
    The goal to uncap the honey with the least possible residue.
    That...
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    Re: I think I fed my bees too much sugar water...

    Yep; drop by a drop.
    The important thing to realize - many flowers do not produce even a drop, to bother with them.
    I got lots of cup plants, the Susans, coreopsis, and such - right outside of my...
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    Re: What do i call my queens?

    Pretty much once you queen is 25% Saska, it is also 75% NON-Saska.
    Random NON-Saska - to be sure.
    Hehehe.

    So anything below 50% is ..... what exactly?
    How can you honestly still label it to...
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    Re: What do i call my queens?

    Your new queens will producing some mutt bees that resulted from the open mating - these bees are conditionally ~50% Saskatraz.
    However, these same queens will be producing conditionally ~100%...
  22. Re: What to do with a deep super full of goldenrod honey from previous year

    Regardless of what you want to do - get the honey to yourself (I would) OR leave it to the bees - keep in mind that it is likely partially crystallized now.
    So it is not as great for wintering as-is...
  23. Re: What to do with a deep super full of goldenrod honey from previous year

    Says who?
    Gimme that and I will eat it all up (and the kids will join in).
    If anything I keep ALL the goldenrod to myself.

    Well, since this is the last year honey, I would let the bees reprocess...
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    Re: Intro as well as being treatment free

    Just 1-2 hours from me, indeed.
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    Re: Trapping 2019 - success rate?

    It also can be a very competent keeper - with his/her hands full and such.
    Big guys often don't chase down after each and every swarm - have bigger fish to fry.
    And then life happens also sometimes.
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