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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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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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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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Feeding New Packages/Nucs

I decided that because most people are receiving their packages lately, and nucs will be coming shortly that I should write about feeding. I’ve heard/read some misconceptions lately (at least in my opinion) that you don’t have to feed new

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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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Winter bees

I checked on the two hives in the picture yesterday. Both of them were alive and well. I’m still 4 strong going into the new year

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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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Then there were three

Hive two started making several swarm cells so I took the opportunity to make a split. I know it’s not painted. Had to trow it together quick. This one will be Nuc 1. I took it to Meyers outyard wich

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