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Predator bee

What species of bee is this?

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Virgin vs. Mated queen

  There has been some interest in seeing the difference between virgin and mated queens. I had the opportunity to snap a few pictures of both, so I figured I would share them.

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Swarm season!!!

 Went through my nucs today and noticed that one had swarmed. I finished up my inspections and went back in the house. It kept bothering me that I didn’t see the swarm because I had been watching them so closely. Checking

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71deg. in March (first signs of swarm season)

Depending On where you live 71 deg may or may not be that big of a deal. Were I live it happens once in a great while. I’m happy to say that on my lunch I was able to take

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Evidence of a Skunk Attack

Skunks are going to be a problem where I keep my nucs no matter what I do. I’m trying to come up with some ways that let the bees take care of them. I thought I would make this post

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Last Weekend’s Warm Up

The weather last week was beautiful. The temps broke 60 for sure, I did hear some reports say 70. Never the less I took the time on Sunday to peek in on all of the remaining colonies. The first nuc

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Hive Joinery Part 4

“Dovetails” For part 4 I’ve decided to go to the extreme end of the spectrum. Most will not be dovetailing hives. About the only thing I use this joint for is my candy boards as long as I’m not in

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Winter Work Update

I’ve managed to get out to the shop at least a few hours a week over the last month or two. I’m always a late starter on the winter projects and then I scramble in the early spring. I have

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Winter Losses

I managed to visit all but one of my outyards this weekend even though my schedule really didn’t allow for it. Sometimes you have to push the issue to make things happen. Mostly good news for the apiary this winter

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Hive Joinery-part 2

For part 2 I’ve decided to simplify life for you. I’m going to talk about the “Butt Joint”. There are plenty of beekeepers who want to build their own hives with a minimalistic approach. The “Butt Joint” is where you simply

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