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 on: Today at 11:44:24 AM 
Started by Willow - Last post by Willow
Thanks for letting me join the forum. I am completely new to beekeeping an will be making two langstroth hives this winter in hopes to lure a swarm or two next spring so that gives me about 7 months to learn what i can. from what I've read so far i don't think i am going to have to go much further than this place.

 on: Today at 11:38:17 AM 
Started by wayne - Last post by sawdstmakr
Sorry to hear that Wayne. I feel your pain. I have lost a lot of hives this spring/summer.

 on: Today at 11:35:11 AM 
Started by jayj200 - Last post by sawdstmakr
Well said BTB.

It is a shame what the feds are doing to this country and getting away with.

 on: Today at 11:28:55 AM 
Started by Dallasbeek - Last post by Intheswamp
Free bees are great if they don't cost too much.   grin
You are spot on, Old Mech.
I love feral/survivor bees/genes, but what price are we really willing to "pay" for them?  Wink


 on: Today at 11:25:38 AM 
Started by Tightwad - Last post by sawdstmakr
My guess is it might bee like SC said about Paricitic Flies.
When it was first reported out west, it did not seem to bee a big problem. If you fing the paricitic flies, keep us up dated.

 on: Today at 11:19:25 AM 
Started by Robbyb - Last post by sawdstmakr
Welcome to the forum. Now you know why we recommend starting with 2 hive. They are all different. Have you checked to see if there is a bee club in your area. Try searching for this:
New Hampshire Bee Clubs - Bees-On-The-Net

 on: Today at 11:18:37 AM 
Started by GDRankin - Last post by Intheswamp
OldMech, I think the yj's are not in the pipe but "beside" the pipe in a ground nest.  But, what you mentioned would be about the way I'd attempt it...shove the fogger into the nest entrance but have some way of plugging/covering that entrance.  If it's sealed well enough then the next day it should be easy to spot any live yj's underneath the plastic and give them a repeat treatment again after dark.


 on: Today at 11:11:12 AM 
Started by sawdstmakr - Last post by sawdstmakr
I just received this from Bee Culture:
Radio frequency ID tags on honey bees reveal hive dynamics
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Scientists attached radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to hundreds of individual honey bees and tracked them for several weeks. The effort yielded two discoveries: Some foraging bees are much busier than others; and if those busy bees disappear, others will take their place.
The findings are reported in the journal Animal Behaviour.
Tagging the bees revealed that about 20 percent of the foraging bees in a hive brought home more than half of the nectar and pollen gathered to feed the hive.
"We found that some bees are working very, very hard as we would have expected," said University of Illinois Institute for Genomic Biology director Gene E. Robinson, who led the research. "But then we found some other bees that were not working as hard as the others."
Citizen scientist Paul Tenczar developed the technique for attaching RFID tags to bees and tracking their flight activity with monitors. He and Neuroscience Program graduate student Claudia Lutz measured the foraging activities of bees in several locations, including some in hives in a controlled foraging environment. (Watch a video about this work.)
Vikyath Rao, a graduate student in the laboratory of U. of I. physics professor Nigel Goldenfeld, analyzed the data using a computer model Rao and Goldenfeld developed.
Previous studies, primarily in ants, have found that some social insects work much harder than others in the same colony, Robinson said.
"The assumption has always been that these 'elite' individuals are in some way intrinsically better, that they were born that way," he said.
While it is well known that genetic differences underlie differences in many types of behavior, the new findings show that "sometimes it is important to give individuals a chance in a different situation to truly find out how different they are from each other," Robinson said.
Removal of the elite bees "was associated with an almost five-fold increase in activity level in previously low-activity foragers," the researchers wrote. The change occurred within 24 hours, Tenczar said. This demonstrates that other individuals within the hive also have the capacity to become elites when necessary, Robinson said.
"It is still possible that there truly are elite bees that have some differential abilities to work harder than others, but it's a larger group than first estimated," Robinson said. "Or it could be that all bees are capable of working at this level and there's some kind of colony-level regulation that has some of them working really, really hard, making many trips while others make fewer trips."
Perhaps the less-busy bees function as a kind of reserve force that can kick into high gear if something happens to the super-foragers, Robinson said.
"Our observation is that the colony bounces back to a situation where some bees are very active and some are less active," he said. "Why is that? We don't know. Do all bees have that capability? We still don't know."

Pretty interesting. Maybee that explains why bees beard and hang around outside even during a flow.

 on: Today at 10:42:57 AM 
Started by Robbyb - Last post by Robbyb
Hello! I'm located in SE New Hampshire USA. A friend and I started this beekeeping adventure last year. It's turned out to be harder than we anticipated. We started with 2 hives. Entered the winter with one strong hive. The hive didn't make it through the winter so we bought a package and 2 nucs. Both nucs swarmed (no one told us this could happen!). We now have 4 hives in different stages. Two fairly strong hives, one doing ok (package bees) and the swarm we caught that is struggling to keep up. The hardest part of this whole beekeeping thing has been finding people in the area who are willing to mentor and help. We have a tough climate here and information on how to overwinter bees in cold long winters would be of great help. So...any beekeepers in NH hit me up!

Happy to have found this forum.


 on: Today at 10:01:58 AM 
Started by Tightwad - Last post by nella
Hi I'm wandering if any of you have had your bees cover your out Sid lights before. The last time this happen I lost a hive to some kind of infection of sorts. They are acting normal other then at late in the night going into the morning. On my two lights. And now there's a hell of a lot of them on them. Moor then I have aver seen? :s huh

Would it be possible to turn off the lights?

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