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Norther Michigan: Is this a bee hive?

I found this hive on my barn door, wondering if bees have made a home there or something else. I’ve seen some large bumble bees hanging out in the area.

9 Comments
2024/06/13
00:41 UTC

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Ants in hive

Zone 9b (West Coast US)

4 hives

Second year

While inspecting my hives today, I found that one of my hives was fully infested with ants. I use Tanglefoot for ant control, and it works very well. But it had been about 6 months since I last applied, so I was behind on it a bit.

The hive is Queenright and she is laying. There really weren’t any signs of ants in the brood box, just the supers.

I pulled everything apart and brushed out as many ants as I could, but I know I didn’t get them all. Do you all have any other ways of getting ants out of a hive?

3 Comments
2024/06/13
00:35 UTC

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Saw this is a nonfiction children’s book

I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed.

8 Comments
2024/06/13
00:12 UTC

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Hive Move

I recently moved my 2 hives because my neighbor complained that the bees were a problem on their property. No problem I thought. I have 5 acres so I moved the hives to the opposite corner of my property. Problem is that there are still a bunch of bees hovering around the old location. Also, even before I moved the hives the bees were extremely aggressive and they remain so. I was just in my garden that is adjacent to the old location and was aggressively attacked and stung. Anyone have ideas/advice for what I can do?

11 Comments
2024/06/12
21:19 UTC

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Robbing/split feedback

I purchased two caged queens. I requeened a hive with one queen, I created a split with another queen (first time doing both). My split is in this nuc box. I made the split in the following way:

Two frames of food

Two frames of capped brood (one frame from each of two different hives…I’m not sure if it matters but figured I’d share)

One empty frame

A shake of bees from two frames of the mother hive

Queen cage stuck in comb between two brood frames, wire mesh facing down and cork removed

Moved nuc away from mother hive and used some twigs to encourage foragers to reorient

My question is: this seems like an awful lot of activity for a box that I wouldn’t expect to have many foragers. Watching the video, does this seem like any type of robbing/interest from foreign bees or did I just happen to get more foragers than I expected? Other possibilities?

5 Comments
2024/06/12
22:14 UTC

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Queens piping, tooting, and quacking, and banking

Sonoran Desert where it's 106 F / 41 C today; idiot-level beek.

Both my haves had every indication of queenlessness. Hive "A" melted down and apparently drown the queen. An inspection today revealed no eggs and no brood in any stage. There were no queen cells or cups. I set the caged queen on the bottom board to determine whether the workers would accept her or try to ball her. The workers checked her out, but were easy to brush off the 3-hole queen cage. Most of the workers were face down on the screen and there was no indication that they were trying to bite or sting. The queen - or- a queen, anyway, was tooting: a tone about a second long followed by four or five short beeps. The bees interest and friendliness makes me believe that the hive is queenless, but the tooting suggests that there is another queen, even though I didn't her any quacking in reply. Is this correct, and if so, should I bank the queen? Is it okay to leave her in the upper brood box?

Hive "B" had no eggs, and no brood in any stage a week ago. The lower deep was fairly full of nectar and honey except for the frames they have only built a little comb on, a leftover from the my failed Demaree. Today, two of the frames were packed with eggs and brood ranging from one day old to almost ready to cap. I saw the queen (I actually had her in my queen clip, but it's a cheap POS), and she wiggled out of it and disappeared into the hive. Since I can't find the escaped open mated queen, I left my purchased queen inside her 3-hole cage on the top of the second deep with a QX between the upper and lower deeps. Is this OK, or do I need to do something else with her?

Can I give her a frame of brood and nurse bees, and a frame of honey to split the hive?

3 Comments
2024/06/12
21:54 UTC

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Head deep in it lol

0 Comments
2024/06/12
21:54 UTC

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Are my bees to hot??

8 Comments
2024/06/12
21:00 UTC

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Good Honey/Honey Set from Online?

So unfortunately I don't know anywhere close to me that sells local honey otherwise i'd do that, however I was curious if anyone knew of any gift sets/premium honey from an online store that was good?

I know Savannah Bee Company is popular. Are they legit?

5 Comments
2024/06/12
20:26 UTC

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Harvested 142 lb

@ the Gulf Coast of Alabama

Harvested 142 lb from the hives...

9 Comments
2024/06/12
19:39 UTC

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Swarm control

Hi folks, I am fairly certain one of my hives is attempting to swarm. I’m based in NY state, southern Hudson valley.

Found a bunch of queen cells near the bottom of the frame, one with a larva fairly along but not yet capped. What’s odd to me is that this is a new hive that was only installed as a package at the beginning of May. I can see the queen, and she’s been super active. Lots of new eggs and capped brood in there. Population exploded about two weeks ago. However they’ve only drawn out 6/10 frames, and even those, not completely.

I have a hunch that she’s lacking egg laying space even though there’s plenty of room in the box, and the workers think she’s underperforming.

This may have been the wrong move, but I removed all the cells to buy myself some time (I hope) but I’m not sure what to do now.

Given there’s a ton of untouched comb, perhaps I could shuffle the frames around and “convince” them there’s a lot more space?

8 Comments
2024/06/12
19:07 UTC

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Frequencies and Bees

I'm looking for opinions on EFB and AFB being eliminated by resonant frequencies. I've recently watched a video of Anthony Holland explaining how frequencies can shatter cancer cells. I was just wondering if the same principle could be applied to Bee hives.

6 Comments
2024/06/12
18:34 UTC

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Dealing with an aggressive hive as a novice

I recently within the last two months got two hybrid nuc from a local guy in my area.

Nuc #1 is suuuuper super gentle and well mannered, great comb and honey foragers it looks like, and the Queen has a beautiful laying pattern.

But Nuc #2... Has so far proven to be quite a pain in the ass. At the start, when I was first moving them into their hive, right off the bat they were pissy. Which I didn't give too much thought to because it was a lot of bees in that one little box. However the first red flag I notice was that my parents were standing a good 50ft away just watching me, and they both ended up getting stung by this hive which I thought was weird because they weren't anywhere near the danger zone...

And today, I just went over to my hives to watch from a distance, and I've since been stung on my face underneath my eye and as I was walking back to my house, I had something buzzing my head for a good while. And I suspect the culprits may be from that specific hive... Because my other hives are all also super gentle.

This hive however is a generic hybrid of I'm not too sure what. I preferably don't want to have to execute these guys, because that's about $167+ down the drain... If I was to Requeen do I have to use another hybrid Queen of some sort or could I use any?

8 Comments
2024/06/12
15:55 UTC

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Is it normal to find so often tired bees in the middle of the sidewalk and road ?

I live in Belgium, in a rural city/town from the country side. For the past week, on my walk home, I've been finding alone bees and bumblebees in the middle of the sidewalk, and sometimes even on the road.

They are always all alone, they never try to fly away, and once I get them to climb on my finger, they don't seem to want to let go, even when I place them in front of a flower. I mostly find bumblebees, but there are bees too.

At first it didn't seemed alarming to me, but now that I rescue minimum 3 bees/bumblebees per day , always on my daily way, I'm a bit concerned (I didn't include the ones I find already dead, crushed or intact. With them it's minimum 10 per day).

What could cause so many of them to suddenly get so exhausted in those areas ? I barely saw any bees and bumblebees two weeks ago and now they're all crawling in the middle of the road and can't move their wings

6 Comments
2024/06/12
14:51 UTC

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Tips for marking queens?

I marked several last year with no problem, but the two I did this year got paint all over their wings. I am using plunger style marking cage. After the first time this year, I tried to drop the plunger as soon as I was done so she wouldn’t move and get the paint on the cage dragged over her, but it still happened. Any suggestions?

8 Comments
2024/06/12
14:16 UTC

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How do new beekeepers in your countries learn about beekeeping?

Hi there,

I've scrolled through a couple of posts in this sub and seen so many questions from newcomers, that I wonder, how you all learn about beekeeping.

I've hade bees since 2013, started with one hive and have 7 to 10 colonies over the last years. My hives are in south western Germany. The first spring harvest is always a mixture of blossoms (mainly fruit blossom and rapeseed), then comes robina, blackberry, limetree and some summer flowers.

In the year prior to starting with beekeeping, I followed half a year of beekeeping classes (like 2 or 3 hrs theory a week) and we looked after some hives together with other "pupils" and the senior beekeeper.

Then I started with one nuc that I got from a senior beekeeper (every newcomer is assigned to a so called "godfather", an experimented beekeeper). This is organised by our beekeeping club. Btw, Germany is the country where most beekeepers are organised in clubs .

The clubmembers come with helpful advice, the club offers honey analysis, and finances sampletaking for AFB. We help each other whenever there us a problem with missing material or queens or varroa treatment, etc.

We get useful information and discuss all upcoming problems that may occur during a year of beekeeping . The latest issue is Vespa velutina and we are tought how to find the nests and how to protect our hives.

So I wonder how you all learned or teach beekeeping?

11 Comments
2024/06/12
12:34 UTC

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They returned home after swarming?

Northern France. 2023 buckfast queen. 2 deeps with queen excluder in between.

A supercedure cell (I believe, 1 singular queen cell in the centre of a frame) was spotted and removed 3 days ago in the 9th June.

What happened:

At about 12:00 I get notified there’s a swarm in a bush 10 meters or so down from these hives I confirm it is a swarm and it appears to be from the double deep as it’s way quieter out front than normal. I quickly go home to pick up the equipment, and return around 13:00.

They’re now spread all across the 10 meter stretch with no clear nucleus. Checking the original hive it’s a lot busier. Another 10 minutes and the majority of the swarm is back home. Another 20 and it appears life is back to normal.

I’ve asked 3 mentors in the association and have received 3 different answers:

  1. It’s what animals do, it’s not always logical.
  2. The queen may have died (she was spotted 9th June).
  3. It needs a split.

Thanks!

15 Comments
2024/06/12
12:15 UTC

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Not sure that thread this goes in but here it is.

At around 4:00pm last evening I got stung in the forearm by a honeybee completely unprovoked. I woke up at 3:00 this morning and the muscle in my forearm is extremely sore. There isn’t a lot of swelling but there is some and redness also. So the black circle is where I pulled the stinger from and the yellow circle is redness and swelling. I must have been stung dozens of times growing up but this intense muscle pain is new.

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2024/06/12
10:51 UTC

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I would like to transfer segeberger to Zander.

Does anyone have an idea on how I could do this ?

9 Comments
2024/06/12
10:09 UTC

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Norovirus from raw honey?

Hello, apologies if this is not the best place to ask this question..but there it goes.

Does anyone know if there is a risk of catching norovirus from raw honey?

5 Comments
2024/06/12
06:36 UTC

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Help Find Wild Hive

I live in the high desert of California, near Barstow. We have tons of bees in the middle of nowhere and have more each year.

How do I find their hive? There are no trees here....

When I say a lot of bees our dogs water container in 1 day the top will be covered and some end up sinking.

Please help me locate the hive

8 Comments
2024/06/12
04:03 UTC

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If I get stung by a random bee, should I go back inside?

I know bees and wasps release pheromones when attacking or stinging. I accidentally rested my hand on a bee when I was doing some yard work earlier today and got a pretty good sting. It survived the crushing and flew away afterwards.

I decided to just go back inside and call it a day because I didn't want more bees to come and sting me. Was I being overdramatic, or did I make the right choice?

11 Comments
2024/06/12
02:58 UTC

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Potentially queenless hives, considering buying two frames of brood. How to best re-queen through a frame of brood?

Two (maybe three) of my hives could be queenless, I could buy queens but I'd kind of rather let my bees raise their own queen as these bees are extremely productive and calm. If I were to add a frame of brood to the middle of the frames, how do I best support them in raising a new queen? Do they make multiple queen cells or is it typically one? Would they swarm if they made multiple or would the first queen emerge and kill off the rest?

Am I being stupid and should I just buy new queens? The thing is aside from 0 brood production and heavy honey production, I'm unsure if they are actually queenless. Original hive swarmed 3 times and I caught two, but now there is no brood in 2 (potentially 3 hives). It has been over a month for one of the captured hives and just about 3 weeks for the other. I am unsure if one hive has brood or not because they filled the medium with crazy-comb in the time I was waiting for more frames to arrive. It is nearly impossible to get the lid off the crazy-comb hive because I would end up destroying a bunch of the comb and potentially killing the only queen I have.

What would you do in my situation? I know sometimes it takes virgin queens awhile to start laying, but I'm worried if I wait too long to do something I will lose them all.

They arnt more aggressive or louder than usual, but they are producing honey faster than usual. What are some tell tale signs that a hive is queenless? What would you do in my situation? I'm in western Canada

6 Comments
2024/06/12
02:22 UTC

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Bee’s built hive in my wall.

Not sure where else to post this, would like options on how to humanely remove these bees that have made a hive in my master bedroom wall.

7 Comments
2024/06/12
01:11 UTC

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Bee Straggler Concern

Hello - we had a pretty massive swarm setup under the eaves of our house a little over a month ago.

We had a bee keeper out - he started to work to trap the queen and bees in a box, but as he was working to do so the hive did a huge swarm in the air, and after a minute or two flew off.

The issue is that since that time we've had about 50-100 bees hanging around. They keep crawling into and around the same eaves and area. I knew it could take some time for them to die off or find a new home, but over a month doesn't feel right. Is it possible they've somehow found a new queen and have setup a colony in my walls? Or can it really take this long?

I've attached a picture of the original swarm, for context. I'm not sure it matters, but it's been very hot where we live (Northern CA - temperatures overnight have been between 60-75 degrees).

Video of the beekeeper trying to capture the hive. Mid capture the hive swarmed up into the air as you can see. They hovered for about a minute, and then flew off. Now we have just about maybe 50ish bees flying around and crawling in and out of the eaves.

Taken the afternoon the swarm arrived - about a month ago. Beekeeper tried to remove swarm the very next day. We started the morning with what appeared to be some scout bees, saw more and more throughout the day. Late afternoon came out to see this.

11 Comments
2024/06/12
00:42 UTC

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Already queen cell?

I literally just installed this nuc a couple weeks ago. This is what I think it is, right?

23 Comments
2024/06/12
00:39 UTC

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Finally after 3 years, both hives are queenright!

Location: Idaho

You've read that right. I've been beekeeping for three years and always something would happen. The first year it was laying workers, the next it was a dead hive, and so on. Always something. Well after waiting for a month, one hive successfully replaced their queen, and boy she's laying! Now., for the first time ever, both of my hives are queenright! I'm so happy now!

Eggs

4 Comments
2024/06/11
23:33 UTC

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Extra queen cell in superseded colony

I was inspecting a hive that had superseded the previous queen, looking for signs that the new queen returned from her maiden flight (I saw capped queen cells May 13). I didn’t see her or eggs but I did see a capped queen cell. Can this be? Seems way late for it to be from the cohort of queen cells that the queen was a part of. The only other thought was that the cell has a dead queen in it but they haven’t turn it down yet.

3 Comments
2024/06/11
21:59 UTC

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