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by kristinahoney
Wed Mar 30, 2016 11:26 pm
Forum: Beekeeping
Topic: Newbie seeking advice
Replies: 4
Views: 7549

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: 2953

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: 7287

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...
by kristinahoney
Sat Jan 02, 2016 9:37 pm
Forum: Beekeeping
Topic: SHB
Replies: 4
Views: 10206

Re: SHB

Hi, First, you should go back through this forum (mid-July '15) to see the discussion of SHB. Second, since it was under the screen and you didn't notice anything over the summer, that beetle was probably trying to invade from somewhere else last fall. Hopefully. At the same time, though, it did com...
by kristinahoney
Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:48 am
Forum: Beekeeping
Topic: Blue Dasher Farm Needs Funding
Replies: 0
Views: 5508

Blue Dasher Farm Needs Funding

Happy New Year Everyone! If you attended the recent WAS (Western Apiculture Society) meeting here in Boulder, you may have heard Jonathan Lundgren speak. He is offering a real, evidence-based way to help the bees. This is NOT another Flow Hive! I have made a personal donation, but I think this would...
by kristinahoney
Sun Dec 20, 2015 10:55 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Beehave Queen Marking Kit
Replies: 0
Views: 4789

Beehave Queen Marking Kit

The Beehave Queen Marking Kit is the perfect stocking stuffer! The kit includes a marking tube/padded plunger, paint pen, and detailed instructions with a link to my Youtube video. As a bonus, you get two paint pens, one white (2016) and one blue (2015), according to the international queen color co...
by kristinahoney
Tue Oct 27, 2015 10:16 pm
Forum: Beekeeping
Topic: bringing bee set-ups in from out-of-state
Replies: 1
Views: 5415

Re: bringing bee set-ups in from out-of-state

There are no restrictions for empty equipment as far as I know. If you were to move live bees, you'd need a certificate of health from your home state bee inspector/detpt of ag and be ready to show it at any time in any of the states you pass through. Going into CA, you'd have to stop at an inspecti...
by kristinahoney
Sat Jul 18, 2015 7:07 pm
Forum: Beekeeping
Topic: Small Hive Beetle SHB
Replies: 13
Views: 24944

Re: Small Hive Beetle SHB

Hi Cinibee, Which photos look like your beetles? Mostly what people are seeing are not SHB. Did the honey smell fermented? Was it a total slimy stinky mess? It would be with SHB.See my earlier post. Also, wax moths are everywhere t o some degree. Healthy bees will keep them in check. If they are act...
by kristinahoney
Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:16 am
Forum: Beekeeping
Topic: Are Bumblebees and Honeybees friends?
Replies: 3
Views: 9183

Re: Are Bumblebees and Honeybees friends?

Hi Linda, Bumblebee queens are attracted to honey bee hives. I'm not sure why, but there is certainly the potential for a lot of food there. They are usually tolerated for the short time they are there. If they fly in while the hive is open, they bypass most of the guards too. What you saw was a que...
by kristinahoney
Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:53 pm
Forum: Beekeeping
Topic: Newbie having queen/no brood issues - please help
Replies: 1
Views: 5361

Re: Newbie having queen/no brood issues - please help

Hi, Was there anything in the queen cells (larvae, royal jelly?) or were they empty (cups)? If there were larvae in the queen cells, then someone must have laid eggs in there. If they're collecting pollen, it's to feed larvae. You probably had a queen. If you were starting with foundation, she didn'...