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  1. Bee Forum
    Hello - I have a drone laying queen. I suspect she was superceded or swarmed late last autumn without me knowing about it. This spring I have witnessed only drone brood being layed. It's now May 2. Today I located the queen and pinched her. My options now are 1) bring a frame of eggs over from...
  2. Bee Forum
    Over the last week, I've noticed something truly bizarre; need some thoughts on how to troubleshoot/figure this out. Every evening, around 4:30-5:30ish, I see a large quantity of drones - 20, 25 or more - doing a drunken dance of death in my yard, about 20 feet from the hive. They stagger...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    Hello all, Got into my hive for inspection #2 today. Had installed into a medium 8 frame box on on 4/17, and last checked on the 27th to make sure they were laying and playing. All looked good then -- spotted eggs, some pollen, and even the queen. Plus they had about 85% of the comb drawn...
  4. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Managed European-Derived Honey Bee, Apis mellifera sspp, Colonies Reduce African-Matriline Honey Bee, A. m. scutellata, Drones at Regional Mating Congregations African honey bees (Apis mellifera scutellata) dramatically changed the South American beekeeping industry as they rapidly spread...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    So I'm new to this. I just installed a package of Russians and I noticed a LOT of drones. I've only installed one other package of Italians and I don't remember seeing any drones, but I don't know if that was just because it was my first ever experience with bees. It was a bit cold (55...
  6. Bee Forum
    I have a hive with 1 deep and 1 super. No queen excluder. A month ago there was very little nectar storage in the super, and almost no drone brood present. When I checked the hive yesterday, there was about 3 fully capped frames of honey, and several other frames with honey/drone brood. The deep...
  7. Beekeeping 101
    I am a first year beekeeper in Northern California. This is my first post, but I am a long time reader. I installed a package of Carniolans in May and they have done really well. Filled 2 brood boxes and I about to remove 2 out of 3 supers they have filled. After they had pulled out and...
  8. Bee Forum
    Protein and Peptide Composition of Male Accessory Glands of Apis mellifera Drones Investigated by Mass Spectrometry In honeybees, reproductive females usually mate early in their life with more than 10 males in free flight, often within 10 minutes, and then store male gametes for up to five...
  9. Beekeeping 101
    Hey friends! First post so go easy on me. This is the first year for me as a beekeeper. I have two langstroth hives. I use 8 frame mediums exclusively. (I figured it would be easier to not have differing equipment) Since starting I have the pierce black plastic frames in my bottom box, second...
  10. Beekeeping 101
    Tons of Drones on Hive Floor - Alive (Now with Picture) I peeked into the hive today and there were tons of drones on the hive floor, and they were alive. I've looked it up and can't find anything. Any ideas?? I started feeding 2:1 heavily, b/c there were no stores, now the hive is going...
  11. Welcome Forum
    Hi, this is my first hive. I removed this colony from a wall about a month ago (june 20th) and got them in 2 deep supers. They seem to be recovering well enough bringing in lots of pollen. All of a sudden i notice the drones coming and going like the rest of the workers, is this usual...
  12. Bee Forum
    Ashley Mortenson, University of Florida, focused on drone makeup in DCAs(Drone Congregation Areas). She monitored several DCAs around managed hives and also ones in that were at least 2.8 km away from the managed apiaries (considered feral). Her results were pretty striking! • According to...
  13. Diseases and Pests
    First year beekeeper here, I had questions about trapping mites with drone frames. I have a ten-frame hive and am about to add another chamber. Should I add one or two drone frames? Should I place them in the upper or lower? Should they be placed on each end? Any more tips would be appreciated.
  14. Bee Forum
    Hi all in the BeeSource-sphere, after some back-and-forth discussion on scattered threads, it was decided that a thread solely dedicated to the combat of aggressiveness among bees (feral or "domesticated") could keep things a bit more organized and get more accomplished. Anyhow, try to stick to...
  15. Bee Forum
    Hello All, I installed 2 - 3lb packages, each into their own deep super with exsisting drawn foundation that had been in the freezer. Colony #1 is doing well, producing plenty of brood, and is thriving. Colony #2 is only producing only drone cells. Zero worker brood is there. The queen is...
  16. Bee Forum
    Hello, I inspected a hive yesterday and was looking at the new Deep I added on the top a month ago. I wish I had taken pictures but I made an image to explain what I saw. The deep had 10 frames, wood with plastic foundation. The bees built the comb at a 90 degree angle to the foundation...
  17. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    G'day, I am eagerly looking for the following reference: CONNOR L, 2004. Stimulating drone development during winter in Florida. Bee Culture.132:27-29 It's apparently a review of Larry Connor's experience with raising drone in counter-season, for more accurate maitings. I am myself not a...
  18. Bee Forum
    In almost every hive I have inspected from Marion County north to the Georgia border there are signs of swarm preparation. Don't be afraid to check when the weather is even close to good. You may be surprised how much pollen and honey they are bringing in or have brought in recently also. The...
  19. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Just wondering what your systems are for producing quality drones and getting them into your mating yards? At full production I run around 1000 nucs in yards of approx 150. Three of my yards (450 nucs) are within easy flight of my breeding hives (30 of them all containing drone frames rotated in...
  20. Welcome Forum
    I am a newbie bee keeper and I am hoping you can help me. A month ago my purchased hive appeared to be doing great. Unfortunately, I used a bee keeping video and did not take bee keeping classes. As a result of the poor example given in my video, I failed to recognize and squash queen cells...
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