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by kristinahoney
Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:47 pm
Forum: Beekeeping
Topic: bee-safe wasp removal
Replies: 6
Views: 9757

Re: bee-safe wasp removal

Hello Again, BSG, First, you need to calm down. Take some deep breaths. Forget all the information you just posted. It's ALL wrong. ALL OF IT! Please reread the earlier replies. If you are going to be an organic gardener, then you must learn to deal with insects. Did you know that wasps are highly b...
by kristinahoney
Tue Jun 07, 2016 8:18 am
Forum: Beekeeping
Topic: bee-safe wasp removal
Replies: 6
Views: 9757

Re: bee-safe wasp removal

Hi, These sound like the European paper wasp, Polistes dominulus . The nests like little (up to 5in. diameter) umbrellas of gray papery honeycomb. Aerial yellow jacket and hornet nests are enclosed in a gray roundish papery covering. The best thing is just to knock them down with a broom or stick no...
by kristinahoney
Sun May 29, 2016 8:53 pm
Forum: Beekeeping
Topic: Under attack by robber bees!
Replies: 2
Views: 4609

Re: Under attack by robber bees!

Hi, Are you sure they're robber bees? What does the behavior look like? Bees don't usually rob in the spring, although they certainly can. Does the robbing occur at a particular time of day? Drone flight is at it's peak this time of year and can look very dramatic. They go out around 10 and return a...
by kristinahoney
Tue May 17, 2016 1:07 pm
Forum: Beekeeping
Topic: Male Tanager Birds Picking Off Bees
Replies: 2
Views: 4871

Re: Male Tanager Birds Picking Off Bees

Hi Margaret, Birds are crazy with rearing their young this time of year! You can put a protective chicken wire "bubble" over the front of the hive as you would for skunks. The wire bubble should be big enough that it's about a foot away from the front of the hive. It's easy to mold/shape that stuff....
by kristinahoney
Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:02 am
Forum: Beekeeping
Topic: Spring Splits
Replies: 1
Views: 3754

Re: Spring Splits

Hi, The mating weather for the new queen is the main issue now until Mothers' Day. You can get around this by purchasing a mated queen. That way you know she's not only mated but WELL mated. Go into your hives today - last chance for a while - and look for swarm cells. If they're capped, a swarm may...
by kristinahoney
Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:18 pm
Forum: Beekeeping
Topic: New beekeeper might have a queenless hive
Replies: 2
Views: 5489

Re: New beekeeper might have a queenless hive

Hi, A few questions and clarifications before I can answer very much. Bees mostly (99.999%) make two sizes of cells: worker and drone. In each they can put worker or drone eggs/larvae, respectively or honey. Queen cells hang vertically and look kind of like a peanut. You may see queen "cups" which a...
by kristinahoney
Thu Mar 31, 2016 5:04 pm
Forum: Beekeeping
Topic: Newbie seeking advice
Replies: 4
Views: 6926

Re: Newbie seeking advice

And here's my YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vq-s04_-CFc
or you can search Beehave Queen Marking Kit. The advantage of the tube is that you don't have to handle the queen directly.
Cheers,
Kristina
by kristinahoney
Wed Mar 30, 2016 11:26 pm
Forum: Beekeeping
Topic: Newbie seeking advice
Replies: 4
Views: 6926

Re: Newbie seeking advice

Hi David, I think your analysis is correct; the varroa/virus complex did in your hive. You're also right that it was too late. By the time the varroa count gets that high, the bees are seriously compromised nutritionally and full of viruses. I recommend to my club members and mentorees that they mon...
by kristinahoney
Tue Mar 15, 2016 6:18 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Microscopes on eBay
Replies: 0
Views: 2789

Microscopes on eBay

I just bought a nice AMERICAN OPTICAL FIFTY 50 BINOCULAR LABORATORY MICROSCOPE - on eBay for $75 with free pickup in Denver. There are lots more like it from a medical business liquidation. Bidding starts at $75. It will do 400x, which is what you need to see Nosema spores. The oculars are WF10x, th...
by kristinahoney
Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:05 pm
Forum: Beekeeping
Topic: What does a season of beekeeping look like in Boulder area?
Replies: 3
Views: 6952

Re: What does a season of beekeeping look like in Boulder ar

Hi, One thing I would add is that we often have a long, dry fall with nothing blooming, but warm enough temperatures for bees to be active. They can use up a lot of honey during that time. We're A LOT drier than MN and often put out water for our bees. Another reason not to start a hive after the fi...