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Old 05-18-2015, 02:35 PM   #141
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That's great Khan. Show us a pic or two when you get them. Also...two hives are better than one, since you have another to compare to and you can draw resources from a strong hive to the weaker hive to make them both thrive.
I'll try.
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No idea what variety.
They are small and gentle and are busy surveying the area. Have put out a sand/water dish.
Possibly Italians, which is what I keep in the backyard.

If you can, put a feeder on the hive to help them get established.

Fun to watch, aren't they?
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Possibly Italians, which is what I keep in the backyard.

If you can, put a feeder on the hive to help them get established.

Fun to watch, aren't they?
Probably will put out feeder.
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? How do the workers decide when to make queen cells ? Can they somehow detect the queen is not producing well? or do they just make some from time to time anyway ?
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If the queen is dead or flagging, the workers figure it out and create one or new queens. If they feel crowded and need to swarm, they create new queens.
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I currently have a very large bee living under my walkway, he goes in and out via a hole, which I thought was a mouse hole at first.
Sunset, Sounds like a cicada wasp. Usually not aggressive but they are big and scary looking. Females can sting and males can't. They kill cicadas and stuff them in their nests to feed the next generation.
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This may be an interesting read for you bee keeping folks...National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, just released today.
No political statement intended, just information.

The story....

White House will unveil strategy to protect honeybee habitat - The Washington Post

The actual document...

https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.document...h-of-honey.pdf
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Bees are returning with pollen as of this morning.
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Bees are returning with pollen as of this morning.
Pollen is a very good sign. That means that the queen is laying and the worker bees are collecting pollen to get ready to feed the larvae and brood. Pollen is the protein the brood needs to develop. I always look to see bees with pollen when checking hives.
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Pollen is a very good sign. That means that the queen is laying and the worker bees are collecting pollen to get ready to feed the larvae and brood. Pollen is the protein the brood needs to develop. I always look to see bees with pollen when checking hives.
Black mangrove is starting to blossom.
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Kahn...Once you get plugged into bees, your view of the out of doors will forever change. You will be looking at flowers and plants in a different light and your ears will be tuned into all the different buzzings you never were aware of before.
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Question on bee-havior of bees (bad pun intended).


I have a backyard garden - lots of flowers and flowering plants - love the bees.


The bees absolutely love the green onion bulbous flower tops - in fact they will bury themselves for long periods of time.


For the last several days, the weather has been quite cool in the evenings and I've noticed one or two bees will stay very late feeding until it gets down right chilly to the point they seem 'frozen' for the night.


I thought for sure they died - too cold to move and done for.


Yet, the next morning after the sun comes up and hits the flowers they will start to move and go on about their business.


Has any one else noticed this? I thought it was down right fascinating!
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Question on bee-havior of bees (bad pun intended).


I have a backyard garden - lots of flowers and flowering plants - love the bees.


The bees absolutely love the green onion bulbous flower tops - in fact they will bury themselves for long periods of time.


For the last several days, the weather has been quite cool in the evenings and I've noticed one or two bees will stay very late feeding until it gets down right chilly to the point they seem 'frozen' for the night.


I thought for sure they died - too cold to move and done for.


Yet, the next morning after the sun comes up and hits the flowers they will start to move and go on about their business.


Has any one else noticed this? I thought it was down right fascinating!
Some bees are forced to spend the night away from the hive. Maybe a storm comes through around sunset, or it just gets cold. What you described is fairly normal. They hunker down and wait it out. It's all pretty amazing when you realize those little guys often fly out three or more miles one way to find nectar or pollen. Even more amazing when you consider all the things that could happen to them during the day. Maybe getting eaten by a bird, pesticides, or storms for example. Bees get active when it hits around 50 degrees.
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