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  1. Bee Forum
    I realize that the timing of nectar flow in a given year depends on location, weather patterns, etc. However, I have been trying to find resources that could help me understand the "general" pattern for my location. Specifically, I would guess that in a given region there is a smaller set of...
  2. Nectar & Pollen Plants
    I am a new beekeeper, and am from the Georgian Triangle area of Ontario. I am looking for information on the nectar flows and times of Dearth for my region but can't seem to find anything. I am looking for advice from other keepers in my surrounding area, or any links to information that could...
  3. Bee Forum
    About 2 weeks ago I setup a swarm trap in the vicinity of my existing hive. In it I placed a dark comb frame with nectar. I figured the bees in the nearby hive would rob the nectar to take it back to their hive. However, I checked on the swarm trap today and I was surprised to see all that...
  4. Beekeeping 101
    Hi Beek friends! I am a first year beekeeping in northeast Ohio. Since the spring, my bees have filled two lower deeps and a medium super with honey, pollen, brood.. everything they need to get through the winter. Late in the summer I added a shallow super to see if they could fill a box up...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    Due to the rain I wasn't able to make my first inspection until 9 days after installing the bees. I found and removed several pieces of burr comb - one that has a good amount of pollen and another that has a lot of clear nectar. If I leave these by the hive, will the bees recover the pollen...
  6. "Scientific" Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Butterfly Density and Behaviour in Uncut Hay Meadow Strips: Behavioural Ecological Consequences of an Agri-Environmental Scheme Sparing zones from mowing has been proposed, and applied, to improve local conditions for survival and reproduction of insects in hay meadows. However, little is known...
  7. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Its July, Its hot, bees are bringing in Pollen. Im still feeding 1:1 its a new package going strong 7 new combs since June. QUESTIONS: Should I stop feeding and let them find their own Nectar? Is my feeding them less benifical since they are capping what looks like sugar syrup not Honey...
  8. Nectar & Pollen Plants
    The bees heavily work this type of grass as it blooms. When I flick the stem, the pollen looks like smoke. The bees are loading up on it's very pale yellow pollen. I don't know if it is a native grass or if it was planted for cattle forage. No one in this area seems to know as it has always been...
  9. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Package installed a week ago-the bees released the Queen no issues there. 3 partial straight combs georgous...Question is... I did not see the Queen-The 1 comb I inspected was all sugar syrup is that Normal? (did not want to disturb the hive any more) I plan to just wait 4 weeks and then do a...
  10. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    4 days after my Package install with a half comb built - in the morning they were there in the afternoon all were gone... Why? Why? I got them late and not much Nectar around? I fed them Pollen patties and Sugar water. The Hive may have been too Big? gave them about 10 bars room from the...
  11. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Due to Rain in Texas My Bee package cant ship for another 2 weeks. (end of May) That means my bees will not be able to make enough Honey to get them through the very cold North East winters. ...Should I buy some real bee keeper Honey and feed it to them when they arrive...? or even in the...
  12. Bee Forum
    Good Morning. I did my first hive inspection 12 days after installing a package. I installed a 3lb package in a 10 frame box. (Wood frames with plastic foundation). After 12 days, bees had drawn out about 2.5 to 3 full frames. There was about 2 half frames with eggs and larva and 3+ half frames...
  13. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I was lucky enough to find bees for sale in June they are mutt bees carney/italian/russian They seem to be doing fine but they are still draining a quart of 2:1 sugar water every 4 days I am concerned there are no nectar flows at 7000ft. Any input?
  14. Bee Forum
    Movement of Soil-Applied Imidacloprid and Thiamethoxam into Nectar and Pollen of Squash (Cucurbita pepo) There has been recent interest in the threat to bees posed by the use of systemic insecticides. One concern is that systemic insecticides may translocate from the soil into pollen and nectar...
  15. Alternative Pollinators
    Divergent Rules for Pollen and Nectar Foraging Bumblebees – A Laboratory Study with Artificial Flowers Offering Diluted Nectar Substitute and Pollen Surrogate Almost all bees collect nectar and pollen from flowers. Female bees collect pollen to provision their nest cells, whereas they use...
  16. Bee Forum
    I have two supers that I pulled off my hive this past weekend. They were on this late in the year because the honey wasn't capped enough to harvest. However, the hive beetles were rapidly increasing and I had a feral hive attempt to rob from my hive. I had to reduce the volume in my hive to...
  17. Nectar & Pollen Plants
    We have at least three colors of salvia in our garden: purple, pink, and red. Bees love them, but I'm curious as to why they all go to the base of the flower to forage, outside of the petals. Are they biting into the sepal to get into the pistil or what? Humingbirds also like them, but poke...
  18. Bee Forum
    Weber’s Law, the Magnitude Effect and Discrimination of Sugar Concentrations in Nectar-Feeding Animals Weber’s law quantifies the perception of difference between stimuli. For instance, it can explain why we are less likely to detect the removal of three nuts from a bowl if the bowl is full...
  19. Bee Forum
    It's hot and dry here now. There are lots of weeds and prairie flowers that are blooming anyway. I was wondering if the nectar dries up quickly even if the flowers are blooming good? Also does the hot, dry weather affect the pollen? Thanks.
  20. Alternative Pollinators
    We removed and dissembled a Mybones Caribbean Wasp nest while in Grenada. Amazingly, there was nectar and processed honey at the periphery of the brood nest. Dr. Kerr took the wasps and nest back to his University of Florida lab for analysis. The tree is a nutmeg and unrelated to the Mybones...
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