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Painting Hives (or Not) -and Why, and With What?

This question comes up a lot. Humans like things to look bright and tidy. Bees might not. Natural beekeepers will not touch anything. Some will use a linseed oil rub, some go a step further and try an exterior weather

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Nectar, Sugar, HFCS & Bees: In Search of Clarification or Better Yet, Enlightenment

Sometimes I ask the universe a question and it decides to give me the answer before I even get around to googling it. Being late winter/early spring (1 month until equinox!!!!) it is time to check our hives and if

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The First Step in Colony Reproduction

Eventually everything in nature starts thinking about reproduction. It’s what we do, and each species exhibits specific signs when they have reached sexual maturity. Humans get hair and breast tissue.  Bower birds make elaborate nests. These are obvious outward signs,

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the tally so far

This summer started slow, and so did swarm season. I am usually ready by May to keep an eye on my emails, yet with our weather this year it caused a 1 month delay in temperatures, flowering and consequently swarming.

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The Acute Senses of Bees

Over the past while articles have surfaced among the flotsam of the internet that have been highlighting some of the lesser known but highly fascinating facets of honeybee biology. To wit, I’ve gathered a few articles for your perusal: 1.

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the June meeting raindate

Pray to the rain gods to keep it civil! Our June meeting rain date for Thursday 26 is a go at the usual time and place (see the meeting page for all the details.) Bring your questions and change for

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June meeting

THE JUNE 17 MEETING IS CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER!!! RAINDATE: THURS JUNE 26.USUAL TIME AND PLACE APPLY. (See the meeting page) THANKS, MOTHER NATURE!!!!

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