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by WannaBee1
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: 4/16 Second Swarm
Replies: 3
Views: 37

Re: 4/16 Second Swarm

Thanks, Wally! I'm going to try to move them into a hive this morning. If the comb they've built contains eggs/larvae I will try and band it to an open frame. If no eggs are present, I will let them have the drawn comb in the new hive and save what they've built to melt. Is that what you would do? W...
by WannaBee1
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: 4/16 Second Swarm
Replies: 3
Views: 37

4/16 Second Swarm

Hived another swarm yesterday (4/16/19) at Elam Gardens. This makes two in eight days! It was wrapped around the limb of a peach tree and was the size of a thick loaf of bread. Curiously, there is another "swarm" that's been hanging under the screened bottom board of my tallest hive. I'm assuming it...
by WannaBee1
Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarms-4/8/19
Replies: 1
Views: 50

Re: Swarms-4/8/19

I got this swarm the same day (4/8/19) in the lightning and rain just before it became a downpour. It was about a four pound swarm that looked like a little bear cub in a peach tree. I shook it down into my amazing swarm catching box and put them into a hive that was there waiting "just in case" of ...
by WannaBee1
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-3/24/19
Replies: 1
Views: 86

Re: Swarm-3/24/19

Congrats to the Summerfield beekeepers! Capturing swarms is one of the greatest joys of beekeeping and it never gets much better than one about five feet of the ground! Three hives is a very manageable number to have and if you don't capture them, hopefully some other beek will. (Hey, Rob, sounds li...
by WannaBee1
Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Portable Observation Hive
Replies: 3
Views: 106

Re: Portable Observation Hive

And I also wanted to say thank you to Kurt Bower for generously donating the observation hive! It's a great teaching tool to offer the club members. The more kids learn about bees, the more they care about them.
by WannaBee1
Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Portable Observation Hive
Replies: 3
Views: 106

Re: Portable Observation Hive

Thank you, Rob, and I agree that I wouldn't take the risk of harming the hive if the weather isn't warm enough. This talk is on the 15th, (not the 5th as I wrote mistakenly), and I will make that call closer to that date. I will contact you to make arrangements. Thanks! :D
by WannaBee1
Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Portable Observation Hive
Replies: 3
Views: 106

Portable Observation Hive

I give beekeeping talks several time a year, usually to elementary school aged children. They are fascinated to see the components of a hive and learn a little about bees and how we keep them but it's the actual insects that really spark their interest. I would like to borrow a portable observation ...
by WannaBee1
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm catching equipment
Replies: 6
Views: 661

Re: Swarm catching equipment

It's been seven years since I attended the beginner's beekeeping class but I remember one session was hands-on learning with equipment. If there is enough interest, would it be possible to have more a advanced hands-on session at one of our 2019 monthly meetings for beeks wanting to learn to build o...
by WannaBee1
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Plants
Replies: 11
Views: 2932

Re: Plants

I saw a Sasanqua Camellia in full bloom in the vicinity of my hives on Saturday (Jan. 5th). Although the blossoms looked rather waterlogged, the flowers must've been dry enough because the girls were bringing in pollen. This is some crazy weather for winter!
by WannaBee1
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Apiary preparations for Hurricane Florence
Replies: 5
Views: 1223

Re: Apiary preparations for Hurricane Florence

Strapping your hives to your hive stand is a great idea. We did that... then ...we learned (the hard way) that hurricane or storm prep must include inspecting the ground below your hives. Too much rain and rising water can cause your hive stand to lean severely and (in our case) topple your hives. L...
by WannaBee1
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Varroa damage?
Replies: 3
Views: 605

Re: Varroa damage?

We will retest soon and look more carefully to see if there are others with DWV. No treatments have been done this year as we haven't removed honey supers yet. Thanks for the information and help!
by WannaBee1
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Varroa damage?
Replies: 3
Views: 605

Varroa damage?

We found this bee with deformed wings last week in a hive that passed the sugar roll test with only one mite per 300 bees. Could there be another explanation? We thought maybe it was just very young but didn't know since it seemed to be working the honey comb.
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by WannaBee1
Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Drones 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1868

Re: Drones 2018

Without doing a full inspection yesterday, I saw the same in my hives as Donna found in hers. The burr comb in the sugar block shim was built in a week as there was still a little of the block in there last weekend...quite a surprise!
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by WannaBee1
Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Teaching third graders about bees
Replies: 3
Views: 804

Re: Teaching third graders about bees

Rob, I would like to use your posters as well as the teaching hive if it isn't too much trouble to bring it to the meeting, Wally. Thanks for the loaners and your help, guys! It's part of what makes the GCBA such a great organization. :)
by WannaBee1
Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Teaching third graders about bees
Replies: 3
Views: 804

Teaching third graders about bees

I've been asked to teach a class of third graders about bees for their insect research unit. Would it be possible for me to borrow the bee posters? The talk will be on February 16. I plan to attend our monthly meeting on February 13 and could get them then if they are available. If they are needed f...
by WannaBee1
Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Flowering Quince
Replies: 7
Views: 3551

Re: Flowering Quince

Beth and I noticed very light yellow almost white pollen being taken into our hives on Sunday. Do you know if this is from Leatherleaf Mahonia and if not, what would be a good guess?
by WannaBee1
Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum
Replies: 6
Views: 1571

Re: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum

Is this a permanent installation in the Greensboro Arboretum? Are the hives sponsored by the GCBA or are they someone's personal hives? What a great teaching tool for the public and a wonderful way to increase pollination in the park! :D Another club member and I live within walking distance and wou...
by WannaBee1
Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-10/3/17 (9/28/17)
Replies: 1
Views: 1060

Re: Swarm-10/3/17 (9/28/17)

Isn't that unusual for them to hang around that long? I wonder if it has to do with the time of year. Please keep us posted on your latest capture, Rob. Nice job!
by WannaBee1
Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Drones Getting the Boot
Replies: 3
Views: 2175

Re: Drones Getting the Boot

I found 'spoons' in my persimmon seeds last week...so they seem to concur with the drone-based prediction of a severe winter. :shock:
by WannaBee1
Sat May 27, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Wax Scraps and Robbing
Replies: 1
Views: 928

Wax Scraps and Robbing

Question: Does placing comb with scraps in a bee yard with multiple hives encourage robbing? I don't know but it seems to me that the bees would be less likely to enter other hives if an extracted frame(s) were hung in a nearby tree but, then again, I can imagine it might make them want to rob other...