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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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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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Precious Beeswax

I harvested my honey about a week ago. My honey yield from 3 hives was around 160lbs. My wax yield as you can see below is not very much around 1lb 12oz. This is why wax is such a precious commodity

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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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