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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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Posted in beekeeping, Queen rearing

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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Posted in beekeeping, beekeeping 101

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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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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Posted in beekeeping, Winter work

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 1

With my Winter Work List (not so well) underway I’ve decided to do a short series on hive joinery. I’ll start with what is probably considered the most popular joint that you see. The “Box Tail Joint”, this is the joint you see used in

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Posted in Winter work

Winter work list

Winter is all but here in my neck of the woods. Fall seems to be hanging by a thread. The temperatures are slowly dropping and it seems like a much more normal fall than in recent years. This year winter

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Ant Jail

Earlier in the year I noticed some behavior in my bee’s that I see as particularly beneficial. When I select for breeding queens and genetic propagation there are several things that come into play. This is one of those things.

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Frame Jig “Hive Hack”

Did you know that you already own a frame jig? This week I decided to assemble some of the frames that had been laying around awhile just to try and figure out where I am as far as equipment. I like

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