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by WannaBee1
Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Adding wax to pre-waxed plastic foundation
Replies: 3
Views: 169

Re: Adding wax to pre-waxed plastic foundation

Thanks for the advice. I'll give these methods a try. Sharing ideas and technique for this and that is one of the best things about the GCBA. If others have ideas for this process, please feel free to post. Thanks in advance.
by WannaBee1
Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Adding wax to pre-waxed plastic foundation
Replies: 3
Views: 169

Adding wax to pre-waxed plastic foundation

Does anyone have a better method for adding wax to plastic foundation? I've been melting wax I've refined then using a large watercolor brush to paint it on the 'pre-waxed' foundation. This isn't working very well. I've used larger brushed (like a small exterior paintbrush) but that didn't go well e...
by WannaBee1
Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Warre Hives
Replies: 7
Views: 351

Re: Warre Hives

Welcome to the group, Bee_Interested. :D I am into my eighth year with Langstroth hives so I have no Warre hive experience to offer; but, I'm interested in how it goes for you. I have been thinking of trying Warre hives in the mountains where my family has a little retreat house with a lot of sunlig...
by WannaBee1
Wed Apr 22, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: PO Bees
Replies: 0
Views: 157

PO Bees

Beth received a call yesterday (4/21/20) from a friend saying there was a large swarm of bees blocking patrons from using the outside mail boxes at Friendly Center. She texted me to come help then hurried over to assess the situation and found another beek named Betsy who just happened to be there o...
by WannaBee1
Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: European Hornets
Replies: 7
Views: 4257

Re: European Hornets

Anyone in Guilford County seeing European Hornets this year? I'm hearing about them doing a lot of hive damage in Union County. Does someone know if there traps for these that won't attract or harm honey bees? Thanks in advance for any information and/or advice.
by WannaBee1
Wed Apr 08, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: 3 Swarm Day-3/31/20
Replies: 4
Views: 285

Re: 3 Swarm Day-3/31/20

So, how are the new swarm hives? I hived a huge swarm on Monday morning. Everything went perfectly but they took off before I got back to move them around 6:00. We sure hated to lose all those bees in our apiary at Elam Gardens. :cry:
by WannaBee1
Wed Apr 08, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Queens
Replies: 3
Views: 356

Re: Queens

I'm just going to have to say how much I appreciate, and how lucky we are as members of GCBA, to have Master Beekeeper Wally Swaim as a member of our club. Thank you, Wally!
by WannaBee1
Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: 3 Swarm Day-3/31/20
Replies: 4
Views: 285

Re: 3 Swarm Day-3/31/20

I hope you didn't happen to find a 'green' marked queen, did you?
by WannaBee1
Fri Mar 06, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: News & information
Topic: Now its the honey!
Replies: 1
Views: 318

Re: Now its the honey!

Good information, Bill, thanks for posting. It would be nice if local news outlets would pick up this story. Maybe people wouldn't seem shocked when we ask fair prices for the honey our bees produce and all the equipment, treatments, hard work, pride and care we beekeepers spend to bring it to our l...
by WannaBee1
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Drones 2020
Replies: 3
Views: 388

Re: Drones 2020

I, too, inspected on Monday and found the first drones emerging. The clusters were in the top of the hives close to the sugar blocks and just under the quilt boards. The brood nests seems to be closer to the sugar this year as I found no brood in the lower box(es). Is anyone else finding that this y...
by WannaBee1
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: News & information
Topic: EPA and BT for Wax Moth-Comment Period
Replies: 5
Views: 510

Re: EPA and BT for Wax Moth-Comment Period

Thanks for the info, Rob. Next question: would you use it?
by WannaBee1
Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: News & information
Topic: EPA and BT for Wax Moth-Comment Period
Replies: 5
Views: 510

Re: EPA and BT for Wax Moth-Comment Period

Can someone shed some light on this. As it is written, this doesn't make sense to me: "EPA expects minimal to no exposure to honey bees and other nontarget organisms because of the method and timing of application. As noted, beekeepers would make a one-time treatment directly to empty honeycomb fram...
by WannaBee1
Mon Jan 13, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Plant info and observed timing
Replies: 4
Views: 1031

Re: Plant info and observed timing

The ladies were coming back with pollen baskets full of bright yellow pollen yesterday in here in Lindley Park, Greensboro.
by WannaBee1
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Plants
Replies: 16
Views: 5351

Re: Plants

Ski, is your plant a leatherleaf mahonia?
by WannaBee1
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum
Replies: 12
Views: 4039

Re: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum

Good save, Rob! Thanks for keeping those hives out there for the public to observe. It's a great way to engage young (and old) minds by making folks aware that pollinators are worth saving. It's good to know the newly growing population is fending off the SHB infestation. :D Go get ‘em, girls!! Afte...
by WannaBee1
Sat May 18, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Anything but bees.
Topic: Arrowhead
Replies: 1
Views: 987

Re: Arrowhead

That's so interesting, Rob! I have found a couple of quartz arrowheads in my backyard that slopes downhill to a spring-fed creek. We GCBA folks live in a very OLD area of Piedmont of NC and America itself! I suggest you take it to the Natural Science Center to learn more about your arrowhead.
by WannaBee1
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: 4/16 Second Swarm
Replies: 3
Views: 785

Re: 4/16 Second Swarm

Thanks, Wally! I'm going to try to move them into a hive this morning. If the comb they've built contains eggs/larvae I will try and band it to an open frame. If no eggs are present, I will let them have the drawn comb in the new hive and save what they've built to melt. Is that what you would do? W...
by WannaBee1
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: 4/16 Second Swarm
Replies: 3
Views: 785

4/16 Second Swarm

Hived another swarm yesterday (4/16/19) at Elam Gardens. This makes two in eight days! It was wrapped around the limb of a peach tree and was the size of a thick loaf of bread. Curiously, there is another "swarm" that's been hanging under the screened bottom board of my tallest hive. I'm assuming it...
by WannaBee1
Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarms-4/8/19
Replies: 1
Views: 792

Re: Swarms-4/8/19

I got this swarm the same day (4/8/19) in the lightning and rain just before it became a downpour. It was about a four pound swarm that looked like a little bear cub in a peach tree. I shook it down into my amazing swarm catching box and put them into a hive that was there waiting "just in case" of ...
by WannaBee1
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-3/24/19
Replies: 1
Views: 687

Re: Swarm-3/24/19

Congrats to the Summerfield beekeepers! Capturing swarms is one of the greatest joys of beekeeping and it never gets much better than one about five feet of the ground! Three hives is a very manageable number to have and if you don't capture them, hopefully some other beek will. (Hey, Rob, sounds li...