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Predator bee

What species of bee is this?

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Swarm #3 First trap success

First swarm trap success

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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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Swarm Capture Video

As promised, I have finally had time to edit and upload the video my wife and I shot of the first swarm this year (April 2016).

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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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First time grafting results

The verdict is in…  The picture above is the result of my first attempt at grafting for queens.  This one is from my second attempt. From a different mother. I think I’m going to try one more time this year

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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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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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Posted in beekeeping, Winter work
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