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if the number of trees covered in white blooms are any indication there could be a good locust flow here in michigan. I have notice a few nearly filled medium supers on strong colonies. I added all the rest of my drawn supers in case. Anyone else seeing this in michigan or upper midwest?
 

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I live in Rochester, Michigan and I noticed (literally over the weekend) an intense Locust bloom starting. The air outside is thick with the sweet smell.
 

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I think we are due a good flow after the winter we went though.
I put two supers on to start with anyway.
How you doing over there Doc?
 

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The weather has been as perfect as you can get for the locust flow here in my area of southeast Michigan, just hope it keeps up for another few days at least. The black locust flow usually doesn't last very long, maybe a week at most even with the best weather, many years you don't get much of a flow because we seem to get a cool rainy period just as it gets started.
 

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I think we are due a good flow after the winter we went though.
I put two supers on to start with anyway.
How you doing over there Doc?
Had to open up brood nests and add drawn supers they have started blooming in the last 2 days
 

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I have noticed the sweet smell that literally filled the air in the last couple of days, but I found it was from the Autumn Olive bushes. It's almost overwhelming at times.
I also added another medium super to the hives as they were becoming quite populated and downright mean. It seemed to calm down all but one hive.

Which leads me to a question. I got my packages from Don Lam in Holland, in which he purchased from Georgia. They seem real aggressive even though they are queenright. Anyone else have this experience?
 

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The olive flow was intense down this way. It's about over with now though.
Our bees are all over the ball clover since last week.
I'm also raising a huge crop of wood ticks around the outyards.
Worst I've seen in years.
 

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At this very moment I'm watching my girls fly directly from the hives up to the top of an 80 foot black locust as well as those returning from the locust flight. They have only one target in mind at this moment- the locust that's only a few feet from the hives.
 
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