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Robbing can teach us about honeybees 1

Part 1:  Robbing is a Problem. First thing’s first. Robbing sucks, but, IT’S NOT A REASON TO FREAK OUT! Take a deep breath…. Count to TEN. I remember when I began beekeeping. I read of all these alien things that … Continue reading

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Red and Beige pollen

Last Friday (3/18/2016) I visited 3 hives. While there I took a walk to see if I could find bees working the Purple dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum). I had observed bees entering hives with RED pollen and thought it was from the Nettle. … Continue reading

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Science in Beekeeping?

I grimace every time I see something on Facebook touting how Scientists and The USDA are working on Saving the Bees. I hope it doesn’t take the government as long to figure out Bee problems as it has to end … Continue reading

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Trap #25 becomes 1211

Previously I had written about Trap #25 having no eggs or larvae in it (see Queenless Trap).  I had close to a 100 mile round trip in trap retrieval, that queen needed to be there. Anita from Beverly Bees optimistically left … Continue reading

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New observation on swarming behavior

Recently I have become aware of a behavior that bees are displaying around my swarm traps.  I missed it before because I had been putting traps inside woods or along wood-lines never knowing exactly when they were occupied.  Due to … Continue reading

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What to do when your trap gets a HIT (a potential catch)?

I have been conversing back and forth with someone on YouTube about swarm trapping.  Recently they had a trap that was occupied.  They immediately attempted to hive the bees, and they fear that something may have gone very wrong.  This is a … Continue reading

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The power of LGO!

There have been times in all of our lives when we have had to “Eat Crow”.  Serendipity struck this last weekend and I must set the record straight and acknowledge that I was probably wrong about downplaying the importance of … Continue reading

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Hanging of Swarm Traps

I realized recently that I hadn’t scheduled How I Hang a Swarm Trap for publishing yet.  If you are interested take a look at it and get some traps out there. A lot of beekeepers think that the swarm season … Continue reading

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Free Bees Anyone?

Today is Sunday 5/6/12 With the bees I have caught in the last week I am quickly approaching my quota for the year.  If anyone out there is in need of bees and they live within 50 miles of Liberty, … Continue reading

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First Hit of the Year.

Today is Friday, but the best day of this week clearly was Wednesday!!!  The post about  dead bees was a bummer so I was in search of good news.  Being out and about, I decided to check some swarm traps.  … Continue reading

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