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Started by Woolly Bugger, April 11, 2019, 10:54:21 AM
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QuoteIt's not as loud as you would think.David Link walks around his hives, carefully pumping out smoke from a small canister in his left hand, aimed towards the thousands of bustling bees flying in and out of the boxes. He's covered head to toe and wears a tan safari-looking hat with a net to protect his face. Bright blue latex gloves cover his hands."I had a slight hesitation of being around a stinging insect in the beginning," Link admits. "But once you get one that works easily... it's a real pleasure being with them."
Quote from: Onslow on April 14, 2019, 20:01:56 PMSo I have one hive that exploded this year very early. I split the hive, but the hive had already kicked into swarm mode and had made a decent crop of queen cells. Most normal hives will swarm once the queen cells near being ripe, some some breeds such as Russians will swarm up to 10 or more times during a swarm cycle. My wife had captured a swarm from said hive yesterday. Sometimes if a hive is strong, virgin queen mating flights can be mistaken for swarming. This morning in the rain, there was a decent bee vortex in my front yard...expletive deleted. As the day wore on, it became clear this group of bees were not a stranded posse accompanying a queen to the mating spot, but a small swarm. These poor bees endured the torrential rains this afternoon. I gave them something sweet, and got them in a hive box.
Quote from: Woolly Bugger on April 15, 2019, 14:25:40 PMSaw that someone has put some hives out in the corner of Reynolds Gardens native plant fields You cannot view this attachment.You cannot view this attachment.
QuoteMore than a dozen wild bee species critical to pollinizing everything from blueberries to apples in New England are on the decline, according to a new study.Researchers from the University of New Hampshire wanted to understand if the documented declines hitting honeybees and bumblebees were also taking a toll on the lesser studied bee species in New Hampshire.So, they examined 119 species in the state from a museum collection at the college dating back 125 years. Writing in the peer-reviewed journal Insect and Conservation Diversity this month, Sandra Rehan and Minna Mathiasson concluded 14 species found across New England were on the decline by as much as 90 percent. Several of them are leafcutter and mining bees, which unlike honeybees, nest in the ground.
Quote from: Onslow on July 16, 2019, 17:03:48 PMNothing is prettier in the hive than freshly pulled white wax.I extracted about 170 pounds of honey this past Saturday. This year's crop was unique due to the somewhat excellent nectar production in June. Moist soil, and many cool and dry nights really turned on the nectar machines. The honey is very light in color, and has the highest concentration of sourwood seen in my honey since2003.