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Predator bee

What species of bee is this?

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Ornery- swarm #6 update 

I’ve named this queen “Ornery”

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Here we go again!!

#6 for 2017

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Swarm at Perfect North Slopes (Swarm #2)

(There is a serious question at the end of this post for seasoned Beekeepers, and any other that would like to chime in) Two days ago I received a call from a beekeeper friend about a swarm that he couldn’t

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Tob bar frame insert part II

I really liked the frame insert that I originally built. The only problem was that it took a very long time making all of those angle cuts with a back saw. I had to come up with a time saving

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Frame Jig “Hive Hack” In Action

I was assembling some frames today, and thought I should shoot a quick video of how this works.

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My Beekeeping Philosophy

When I started beekeeping some 5 or so years ago I never would have guessed that this post would be necessary. There are so many nuances about this craft that a short discussion is never enough to cover all of

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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

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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