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by WannaBee1
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm catching equipment
Replies: 6
Views: 446

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: 9
Views: 2777

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: 1160

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: 531

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: 531

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: 1696

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: 742

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: 742

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: 3489

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: 5
Views: 1272

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: 1012

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: 2117

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: 898

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...
by WannaBee1
Mon May 22, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: An Unusual Call from American Airlines
Replies: 1
Views: 1816

Re: An Unusual Call from American Airlines

Thank goodness the local American Airlines agents did a little GCBA club research and called rather destroy those queens and their personal "flight attendants" in those cages. I think that says a lot for public awareness of honey bees and other pollinators. Who knows how many more bees will manifest...
by WannaBee1
Thu May 11, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm at the Cardinal
Replies: 0
Views: 1008

Swarm at the Cardinal

Lucky me, being in the right place at the right time with Rob Jacobs! He came out to inspect my hive and confirmed my suspicion that I had a hive with laying workers. Just as we were reassembling the hive and closing up, he received a call about a swarm that had settled low in the front yard of some...
by WannaBee1
Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Potential Trapout-Early March Swarm
Replies: 6
Views: 1910

Re: Potential Trapout-Early March Swarm

Maybe I'm not following this correctly but what made you suspect or how did you know this was a Wayne's Bees queen? Congrats on the trapout!
by WannaBee1
Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Hive Swarm in NE Guilford County 3/21/17
Replies: 1
Views: 1153

Re: Hive Swarm in NE Guilford County 3/21/17

:shock: Wow, congratulations on capturing that swarm! How heavy was that bucket after collecting all those bees?
by WannaBee1
Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Traffic Cone Cutout-3/20/17
Replies: 2
Views: 1387

Re: Traffic Cone Cutout-3/20/17

Wow, I want to see those photos! Sounds like that one was pretty easy. I should be so lucky! :o
by WannaBee1
Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Drones
Replies: 15
Views: 4689

Re: Drones

I couldn't make it to the meeting last night. Thank you for sharing what Nancy had to say about our early spring. I'm kind of excited about it and will plan accordingly. I'm sure others will be doing the same. Thanks again!
by WannaBee1
Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Drones
Replies: 15
Views: 4689

Re: Drones

Thanks for the information, Rob. I, too, want to try and lure a swarm this year. Please keep us posted here on the forum. I'd be interested to know the date when you decide(d) to set yours out and when scout bees take serious interest in it. I'm curious to know how soon the swarm will happen after t...