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Author Topic: Some strange green things eating the propolis on my hives  (Read 5981 times)
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« on: March 31, 2009, 02:02:39 AM »

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6Ubourj3_I" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6Ubourj3_I</a>


Bugs from mars eating the propolis on my hives. What are the bugs?

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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2009, 02:46:45 AM »

Looks like some sort of bee??? You have some strange and wonderous things down in Florida, that's for sure.
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2009, 06:41:10 AM »

I don't think they are eating it. Buy hey, I don't think honey is bee barf either.....  grin

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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2009, 07:12:11 AM »

I don't think they are eating it. Buy hey, I don't think honey is bee barf either.....  grin




Bee barf may be a crude term. However it is accurate.
http://www.pa.msu.edu/sciencet/ask_st/073097.html
  The 9:00 minute mark.

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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2009, 07:43:17 AM »

I don't think they are eating it. Buy hey, I don't think honey is bee barf either.....  grin




Bee barf may be a crude term. However it is accurate.
http://www.pa.msu.edu/sciencet/ask_st/073097.html
http://www.vimeo.com/3808120  The 9:00 minute mark.

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I find it ironic that Florida passes a law, and other states are following suit, trying to define not just what honey is, but for reasons to include adding value to the product we produce, that being honey. Oh yes, Honey....glorified 100% carbohydrate "sugar"! Why care if it is marketed as 100% BEE BARF or something with sugar added? Afterall, the calorie count is the same isn't it? Maybe the adulterated fake honey producers could use this angle...."our product contains less BEE BARF as compared to honey producing Beekeepers!"

Some I'm sure will think the whole bee barf thing cute. Someone will suggest it good marketing. Such is life.

I'll continue to think that it is a negative image being promoted to the consumer and public, and NOT in the best interest to beekeepers.
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« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2009, 08:49:39 AM »

holy cow the martians have landed and set up hives in fla!AHHHHHH! grin
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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2009, 09:16:15 AM »

I think it may be this.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halictidae
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« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2009, 10:11:24 AM »



We have sweat bees like the article mentions. They are however not as large but I believe you are right in that it is probably some type of Halictidae. Thank you for finding that. I found it neat that they were so interested in the propolis.

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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2009, 10:14:00 AM »

holy cow the martians have landed and set up hives in fla!AHHHHHH! grin


Take me to your honey.


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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2009, 10:14:13 AM »

whatever it is, it's cool looking.

i like your new quote  grin
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« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2009, 10:27:35 AM »

I don't think they are eating it. Buy hey, I don't think honey is bee barf either.....  grin




Bee barf may be a crude term. However it is accurate.
http://www.pa.msu.edu/sciencet/ask_st/073097.html
http://www.vimeo.com/3808120  The 9:00 minute mark.

Sincerely,
Brendhan


I find it ironic that Florida passes a law, and other states are following suit, trying to define not just what honey is, but for reasons to include adding value to the product we produce, that being honey. Oh yes, Honey....glorified 100% carbohydrate "sugar"! Why care if it is marketed as 100% BEE BARF or something with sugar added? Afterall, the calorie count is the same isn't it? Maybe the adulterated fake honey producers could use this angle...."our product contains less BEE BARF as compared to honey producing Beekeepers!"

Some I'm sure will think the whole bee barf thing cute. Someone will suggest it good marketing. Such is life.

I'll continue to think that it is a negative image being promoted to the consumer and public, and NOT in the best interest to beekeepers.



Because of my appeal to youth and my staying in touch with my inner child, I think it is actually quite appealing. I would have probably eaten Brussel Sprouts if my parents told me they would have given me mutant powers. They didn't and I don't eat Brussel Sprouts because of it. a definite failing on behalf of my parents. My therapist and I are working on that.

Even in beekeeping a sense of humor is needed. While this one may not appeal to you. It does have large appeal to others who can find the humor in it. Not everything in beekeeping has to be serious and it is ok to poke fun at beekeeping.


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Maybe the adulterated fake honey producers could use this angle...."our product contains less BEE BARF as compared to honey producing Beekeepers!"

And that I found very funny. I may have to use that. Only the best bee barf for sale.


Also it still doesn't change the fact that honey is bee barf. Even if you choose not to think it is.

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« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2009, 10:29:57 AM »

whatever it is, it's cool looking.

i like your new quote  grin

Slightly off topic.

If you have not seen Dr. Horribles Sing A Blog. I highly recommend it. Funny Funny Funny.
http://www.hulu.com/watch/28343/dr-horribles-sing-along-blog

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« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2009, 10:59:38 AM »

I don't post a lot but I'm afraid I must chime in on BjornBee's side on this. Bee Barf is not an appealing description of honey. I think it would put honey in a bad light with a lot more people than it would appeal to.

I though the honey storage tank was different than the bees gut, if so then honey can not be bee barf. I think it would be of great benefit to the huge majority of beekeepers to see that phrase disappear quietly into the sunset.
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« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2009, 12:00:27 PM »

I don't post a lot but I'm afraid I must chime in on BjornBee's side on this. Bee Barf is not an appealing description of honey. I think it would put honey in a bad light with a lot more people than it would appeal to.

I though the honey storage tank was different than the bees gut, if so then honey can not be bee barf. I think it would be of great benefit to the huge majority of beekeepers to see that phrase disappear quietly into the sunset.

I have to agree. Bee barf needs to disappear.
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« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2009, 04:26:39 PM »

MHB (Martianized Honey Bees)!!!  grin grin
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« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2009, 04:55:07 PM »

Type in green bees on google   They seem to be Genus Agapostemon - Metallic Green Bees?


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« Reply #16 on: March 31, 2009, 06:51:13 PM »

It looks like they have pollen baskets and are collecting it to take home.
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« Reply #17 on: March 31, 2009, 07:44:09 PM »

Very cool video Brendhan. I've seen sweat bees a few times here before, never have seen them do what you've videoed though. That is very special footage.

What's cool is those sweat bees or whatever they are, are gathering propolis to take back to their nest and your bees allowed them to do this, they must be friends.

I just call my bee barf honey. If your customers find it amusing and are buying your product good for you.


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« Reply #18 on: March 31, 2009, 07:56:00 PM »

Because of my appeal to youth and my staying in touch with my inner child, I think it is actually quite appealing. I would have probably eaten Brussel Sprouts if my parents told me they would have given me mutant powers. They didn't and I don't eat Brussel Sprouts because of it. a definite failing on behalf of my parents. My therapist and I are working on that.
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« Reply #19 on: March 31, 2009, 08:38:32 PM »



Brussels rule! They are my favorite vegetables!


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