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  1. 5 Week old swarm, what am I looking at here?

    Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Im new to beekeeping and using the time to catch swarms, observe and talk to my other keepers but I am really stumped on this one. The hive has varying stages of all kinds of things, some sparse brood(I think?), sparse drone (for sure...) cells with a CRAZY number of eggs, then a whole ton of...
  2. Help: Im new, Only have ~ 1/4 of my package of bees left, after several mistakes.

    Beekeeping 101
    I'm a new beekeeper in the Rocky mountains, ~9,000ft., zone 5a, I'm using my greenhouse as a sort of AZ hive by putting my Layens hive in it with southern entry. I'm foundationless, and I made several mistakes that cost me 3/4 of my new bees. First, got my package to early, had them inside for...
  3. How close to Row Crops can I be

    Beekeeping 101
    Hello im a new beekeeper and have run into a small problem. I have heard that one of the main killer of bees is the chemicals that are sprayed over row crops, the only problem is where I live there is nothing but crop fields for 45 minutes in any direction. we have a small 5 acre plot of woods...
  4. Instrumental Insemination

    Equipment/Hardware
    Hello all! Im Otter (the username "Otter" was already taken) and i'm here for a little help on instrumental insemination. I am attempting to adapt the instrumental insemination technique for use in ants, and I came to y'all for help because it just so happens that the reproductive tracts of ants...
  5. Concern for new hive. Please advise!! TIA

    Bee Forum
    I have a new hive. I got a nuc on April 15 and set up my hive. It has been cold and rainy here so I haven't had a chance to open the hive and check on the bees. I have been feeding them sugar water and noticed bees coming and going out of the hive. Today, I found 4 dead bees at the entrance...
  6. What are these things in my hive??

    Bee Forum
    Help? I just did an inspection and found two masses in my hive, one is white and one is grayish-bluish. I have no clue what these are. My last inspection was 2 weeks ago and they weren't there. Should I go back in and remove them? I have no idea what to do. I am new at this and have had this...
  7. Beginner Questions. HELP!

    Beekeeping 101
    Hello! I am looking to put in a couple hives in the spring and am new to the beekeeping world. I'm located in the Texas Panhandle. I need to ask a few questions and was hoping yall could help me out. #1. How prone are bees to swarming? I'm sure it depends on the species and environment. I'm...
  8. Bee Identification help!

    Bee Forum
    Hello, I am new to this forum and am looking to identify this type of bee that has decided to create a nest underneath my cedar clapboard siding (specifically where it meets the foundation of my home). Anyway, I am looking to see what kind of bee this is to safely remove it. Any help will be...
  9. Cross Combing

    Beekeeping 101
    Hello everyone, I am a new beekeeper and I have 1 hive currently. I have noticed what I think is a problem, my bees have major cross combing. I was wondering if this is a problem I think it is, if it is a problem how can I prevent it. Thank you.
  10. Bees in my hair: Help! ( European bees attacking, Wild bees nesting )

    Coffee Klatch
    So my neighbours are all bee keepers and our orchard is swarming with bees. There are the Stingless bees, the Black and White Carpenter Bees and then there are the dark European honey bees. The latter have lately become quite aggressive towards me and I'm looking for factors that provoke them...
  11. Queenless Package arrived today- Help!!!

    Beekeeping 101
    Today I received two packages of bees. One package had a queen, and the other queen was dead. I didn't know what to do so I just installed everything like the queen was in the cage. I have been trying to contact my supplier, but they will not return my call and I don't know what to do, I have...
  12. New to everything, book educated, experience lacking

    Bee Forum
    Greetings, First post, first capture of a small swarm, first hive. 2 weeks of anticipation. 14 days ago, I caught a small swarm. Grapefruit size swarm. Knocked them down into a 10 frame deep. Watched the rest march in like Marines. Captured and placed them in my backyard. Feeding syrup and...
  13. rescuing a swarm from an air vent

    Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Hello fellow beeks, I need some advice. I am a teacher and at about 11:30 today I noticed a swarm, by 2:00 I could only see a few bees and they were going in a vent above a bathroom. I tried collecting them after school, I took the top off the vent but they were way to far down for me to...
  14. Almost a winter die-out?

    Bee Forum
    Today I went to wrap the hive to help protect it from winter. This is my first hive, my first winter with bees. At the beginning of October I had a full hive of Italians, a healthy queen, and a TON of honey. Like Ive been told, I left the honey alone and reduced the entrance since the days were...
  15. Found Queen Cups during Inspection! Help!

    Beekeeping 101
    First time beekeeping. I literally have had my hives for just 2 week and today during inspection, I found several queen cups on my weaker hive. I couldn't find any eggs in them (although I wasn't 100% sure what I was looking at at the time and probably didn't look as close as I could have) and...
  16. Help needed

    Welcome Forum
    starting over after a wipe out winter. Do I toss all the old frames. Any tutors in the Boston Area?
  17. Ukraine Beekeeper Need Your Help!

    Bee Forum
    Hello. Appeal to America beekeepers for help to restore my apiary. I have added the record on this issue a few weeks ago, but posts were removed. It is certainly understandable that were removed in order to prevent fraud. My Son talked about it with the moderators of the forum and they promised...
  18. New BeeK worried about hive

    Beekeeping 101
    Good morning, All. We just took possession of two nucs on June 20th. On that day, we put them in their new homes and returned the following weekend to check on them. Both queens were out of their protective container. One hive appeared to be doing quite well...were quite noisy and flew about...
  19. Should I be concerned?...

    Bee Forum
    So for those of you who saw my welcome post, as you know I'm a total noob with beekeeping. So far I love the hobby and hope to be semi-successful at it. Some background some my issue: I bought two 8 frame nucs of bees from a man named Joe Clemes here in Southern AZ. (side note: he's a great...
  20. Advice on if my queen is still present.

    Bee Forum
    Hello everyone, This is my first year as a beekeeper and so far I love it. However, I am having trouble determining if my queen is present or not and was hoping someone could help me out. Ok, I hived my bees a little over 3 weeks ago. However, due to my inexperience and excitement when...
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