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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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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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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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Apiary Update as of 10-1-15

It has been quite a while since I have written an update specific about the hive status. I thought because were getting ready for winter its a good time to take stock of where everything stands. Just before winter it

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My poor neglected bees

This post is about two weeks behind in the making. I drove over to Meyers outyard which (if you’ve bee reading here for very long you know) is my farthest out yard. With all of my other responsibilities getting put first

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Blue Pollen ?!?!

Finally, I had a chance to get out to Meyers Outyard on Easter Sunday. I have good and bad news to report. The hive on the right has made it through. They are doing very well bringing in load after load

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The Lone Drone/Spring Cleaning

I managed to take a peak into the the hives at the home apiary (I’m sure by now you guys have realized that these hives receive the most attention by far). The temperature broke 60 deg. F. so I decided

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Winter Prep

This week in Southern Indiana we caught a few warm days. I can tell by the way everyone is acting spring is on the mind. It was also on the mind of the bees. It was possibly the first cleansing

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First successful queen

Checked my queen castle today. It has two splits in it that I’ve been working on. The earlier one has come back with a good mated queen. I checkerboarded in 3 new foundationless frames in a nuc box. Now I

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