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  1. Bee Forum
    I overwintered two colonies of carniolan bees installed Easter 2017. Hives (langstroth 10 frame) are located in southern New Hampshire. One of the colonies is reduced to a cluster about the size of a fist - maybe even smaller. The queen is alive. She looks healthy. Examination of the...
  2. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Effects of small-scale clustering of flowers on pollinator foraging behaviour and flower visitation rate Plants often grow in clusters of various sizes and have a variable number of flowers per inflorescence. This small-scale spatial clustering affects insect foraging strategies and plant...
  3. Bee Forum
    I decided to take a quick peek inside my hive on an unusually warm day last week (73F, sunny, with minimal wind) and in the top box I saw the cluster, only the size of a baseball. The hive itself was nearly jam packed with honey, between the two boxes (this is their first winter) it weighed over...
  4. Welcome Forum
    I just joined this forum. I'm a relatively new beekeeping. Started my first hive in May . I just looked walked by my beehive (9:30pm) and noticed a large cluster of bees (at least 1000) at the entrance to the hive. The temperature today was moderately (about 80f). Why do you suppose they are...
  5. Bee Forum
    So from what I have been told and read it was my understanding that bees typically move their way up through their boxes during the winter, but mine are already at the top, hanging out above the candy board, and I know they have honey down in their bottom boxes. I have heard that sometimes bees...
  6. Beekeeping 101
    I could use some advice. I'm a first year beekeeper and inspected my hive today. I placed a third deep as a honey super about three weeks ago. I did not use a queen excluder as I have read that the bees won't pass it to draw comb. I inspected the hive today and saw no queen, no eggs, and...
  7. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    There are a thousand bees clusterd around the Queen Cage. (not balling) Do I Bonk them off the bar into the Hive -- Do I brush them all off into the hive. What do I do? Its day 5 after my package install and its time to realease her. (if shes not released already.) I know there are debates...
  8. Bee Forum
    I am trying to figure out what happened to my bees and if I still have a cluster below. After thanksgiving it slipped down to 20 degrees a few nights with a high still below 40. That was only a few days and I thought I saw bees since then This first pic is the bee hive as I opened it about an...
  9. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    So I've been checking my hive about every two weeks and just peeking in the window. They seem to be doing pretty good. Much activity today since the temp is about 38 degrees. My question is... Is it normal to have the entire floor of hive covered in dead bees? It seems like they aren't...
  10. Beekeeping 101
    I hope this hasn't been answered before and if it was I apologize. I have some bees that I acquired at the end of June which was one deep and one medium. My current hive configuration is one deep and 3 supers. I have a mixture of 10 foundationless frames and 20 foundation frames between the 3...
  11. Bee Forum
    Novel Middle-Type Kenyon Cells in the Honeybee Brain Revealed by Area-Preferential Gene Expression Analysis The mushroom bodies (a higher center) of the honeybee (Apis mellifera L) brain were considered to comprise three types of intrinsic neurons, including large- and small-type Kenyon cells...
  12. Beekeeping 101
    I hear people mention size of cluster over winter, and am curious how you go about knowing roughly how big a cluster is. Right before it started turning cold last winter I took my top cover off and looked down through the entire hive (screened bottom board), and even took a hive body off. All...
  13. Beekeeping 101
    Hello all, Newbie here with a lot of questions. I've been doing a lot of reading and felt pretty good going into winter but I'm not seeing what I expected to see. Since it is my first winter, and having only 1 hive i want to be sure I help them out as much as possible. My setup right now...
  14. Bee Forum
    My bees have began to cluster underneath the box inside of the planks of the pallet it is sitting on. I just got the bees as a cutout from yesterday, and putting them in the box got a bit messy. A ton of bees were on the grass around it during the transfer. They keep clustering around the pallet...
  15. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Here is a video of a really gentle swarm in Berkeley CA. It was a warm still day. If every swarm were this easy to catch it would make for a much duller hobby! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pn8aUK7ctRU
  16. Bee Forum
    Here is a video of a really gentle swarm in Berkeley CA. It was a warm still day. If every swarm were this easy to catch it would make for a much duller hobby! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pn8aUK7ctRU
  17. Nectar & Pollen Plants
    Well, I responded in the for sale forum to a bee bee tree thread before I realized it...deleted that post when I realized it would be moderated and posted here. ;) Are these pictures of a bee bee tree? I've got several of these growing around the property. They look much similar to what I've...
  18. Beekeeping 101
    It is warm enough that my colonies are stretching their wings. (50°) If this warm stretch continues and the queen starts laying brood, will the colony save the brood by feeding them, or save the colony by clustering when the rigid Chicago winter returns? I remember reading something about...
  19. Beekeeping 101
    This is my first winter with two hives. It was over 50 degrees, which in Utah is pretty warm for January, and the bees were flying, so I opened the hives to check how they were doing. There were far more bees than I expected to see. The cluster in both hives were at the top of the two deep brood...
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