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« on: February 07, 2005, 02:27:56 PM »

This may be the first good sign this season in Massachusetts.

Well there was a flurry of activity a few times today at the observation hive.  The temperature was in the low 50's and the sun was shining.    I was sitting in my office and I could hear the roar of the bees again and I thought that they were doing their undertaking activities again.  But I noticed that there were a lot more bees in the tube to the outside and they were all fanning their wings, and I could see by looking out the window that a few were taking flight - maybe cleansing flight!  but with so many bees removed from the hive.  I could clearly see the queen.  Better yet,  she was inspecting cells and then backing into them for a few seconds (as if to deposit an egg!)  What else could she be doing?   The workers were spread through out the hive.  It was weird,  they were dragging the dead to the top of the hive,  maybe to get them away from the entrance and to a spot of little activity.

I can't see any eggs yet, the bees are covering most of cells and it's hard to see  small eggs clearly through the glass.  I know exactly where to look in a few days thought to see if there is any small larva.      After the activity died down the bees came back from being spread through the hive to being in a tight cluster again.   Now, they are mostly covering where I had seen the queen laying eggs.   Maybe to keep the new eggs at 92 degrees?


Pictures to follow.
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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2005, 04:15:24 PM »

I would love to see pics when you get a chance.  It's a nice spring like day here today.
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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2005, 04:26:16 PM »

That is a wonderful update! I'd like to see pictures too when you get them.

Beth
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2005, 08:17:20 PM »

I've updated my site with new pictures taken today.  
1 and 2. Shows the bees on the outer entrace of the hive.  The first one was taken from inside the house while I hung out the window.

# 3 shows the bees in the tube to the outside.

http://www.leominsterbeeman.com/photo.htm
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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2005, 10:10:28 PM »

cool new pics.
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« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2005, 11:47:03 PM »

Enjoyed the pics.

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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2005, 11:50:39 PM »

I would love to have and observation hive in my room but my mom would flip, the school might have me build one in the bio 1 room though, so cool.
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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2005, 01:21:53 AM »

NICE PIC'S
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« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2005, 01:38:02 AM »

We had weather in the 70's for over a week and the queen started layin in the hives I cked. Then it fell to 7 degrees So the out has yet to bee seen.  I have all ready started my hive on feed due to them eating most of there winter stores.  Their useing a 1/2 gal or so every week.
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« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2005, 10:06:12 AM »

Welcom, lively bees! Add your location to your profile and let us know what climate you are raising bees in. It's helpful for the rest of the membership to know what different people are doing in different climates so we can compare to what we are doing ourselves!

 I wish we had some of that 70 degree weather here! It's coooooollllllddd here. Our major warm ups here in the northeast mean the temps have risen above 20! cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2005, 12:01:22 PM »

Sorry about that Im in east Tennessee We have had a vet mild winter so far.  We have had only a few clod snaps but fot the most part it has been in the 40's 50's and 60's this winter.  The norm is 20's 30's and 40's for this this time of year.  Looks like we will have a bad bug problem this year.
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« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2005, 04:56:09 PM »

Looks great. I bet the girls really enjoyed the weather yesterday.
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« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2005, 05:55:41 PM »

Hey Amy, You working from the future? I clicked on your beeyard link and got into Feb. 25th 2005. How do you do that? Shocked
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« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2005, 06:31:23 PM »

HA HA

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That's what happens when you work 50 hours a week, go to graduate school full time and try to work on your bee equipment on the weekends.

Actually, I do work from the future, I was going to post about my time travel machine in the "Dark Side of the Moon" forum. evil
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