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by Jacobs
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Don't Let Your Bees Starve
Replies: 10
Views: 5277

Re: Don't Let Your Bees Starve

Bees were flying with temperatures in the low 30's yesterday morning. A quick check with a temperature gun at that point showed 61 degrees at entrances where the sun was hitting. Bees were going heavily to water, some to pollen substitute, and some were exploring blooms of leatherleaf mahonia and wh...
by Jacobs
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: NCSBA Spring Meeting 2020--March 5-7, 2020 New Bern, NC
Replies: 0
Views: 11

NCSBA Spring Meeting 2020--March 5-7, 2020 New Bern, NC

Registration is open for the Spring Meeting of the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association

the link to information and registration:

https://www.ncbeekeepers.org/calendar/state-meetings
by Jacobs
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: News & information
Topic: EPA and BT for Wax Moth-Comment Period
Replies: 5
Views: 107

Re: EPA and BT for Wax Moth-Comment Period

BT was approved years ago, but I think the registration expired and there wasn't enough money in it for companies to pay the costs for a new registration. Dipel is a form of BT that I believe can be used on organic crops and is effective for things like tomato horn worms. You can apply it to the pla...
by Jacobs
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: News & information
Topic: EPA and BT for Wax Moth-Comment Period
Replies: 5
Views: 107

EPA and BT for Wax Moth-Comment Period

https://mailchi.mp/dadant.com/abj-extra ... 15fb405077

Proposed registration of a BT product for wax moth control on combs--comment period is open.
by Jacobs
Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Plant info and observed timing
Replies: 4
Views: 612

Re: Plant info and observed timing

A few of the flowering quince buds have opened as blooms today, though most have not. I cannot see what the red maples are doing, but my bees have shown far less interest in the dry pollen substitute than they have at any time since I started putting it out.
by Jacobs
Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Plant info and observed timing
Replies: 4
Views: 612

Re: Plant info and observed timing

Bees were working Winter Honeysuckle at the Arboretum a little after 1:30pm today.
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by Jacobs
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: 5 Gallon Food Grade Buckets
Replies: 3
Views: 1821

Re: 5 Gallon Food Grade Buckets

I have a small collection of buckets and a number of bucket lids that I intend to bring to January 2020's meeting. My car, truck and the buckets were blessed by a flock of birds yesterday, so the outside of these buckets may take a bit more washing if rains don't rinse them before next week.
by Jacobs
Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: News & information
Topic: Environmental "Protection"???
Replies: 2
Views: 624

Re: Environmental "Protection"???

http://msdssearch.dow.com/PublishedLiteratureDAS/dh_090d/0901b8038090d420.pdf?filepath=au/pdfs/noreg/012-10866.pdf&fromPage=GetDoc There are different formulations of this pesticide, but the label for this one does say it is highly toxic to bees. I am not a scientist and I've never played one on t.v...
by Jacobs
Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: News & information
Topic: Bees, Honey Bees, and Hemp
Replies: 0
Views: 45

Bees, Honey Bees, and Hemp

https://academic.oup.com/ee/advance-art ... chresult=1

Not sure about the protein levels in the pollen-but honey bees are showing interest in this study. I'm not quite ready to seek a hemp growing license to add this pollen source to my back yard.
by Jacobs
Wed Jan 01, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum
Replies: 12
Views: 3251

Re: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum

As of this morning, both hives still have bees. Both appear to be fairly weak. If I get lucky with weather and they hang on, I am hoping that I may have bees enough at home and weather that will let me boost these hives some time in February. I haven't had that kind of weather luck the last 2 winters.
by Jacobs
Thu Dec 26, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Mite count on sticky board (post-OAV)
Replies: 1
Views: 159

Re: Mite count on sticky board (post-OAV)

I have not run across anything discussing the implications of post OAV mite drop counts done during periods of low brood. Any kill of any varroa is a good thing. The numbers you posted would be frightening if they represented the standard 3 day sticky board divided by 3 for your 24 hour drop. This i...
by Jacobs
Tue Dec 24, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Bees Collecting Pollen Sub
Replies: 21
Views: 7287

Re: Bees Collecting Pollen Sub

I put out a bowl of dry pollen substitute by my nectarometer (honey water jar feeder) this morning to see how the bees would react. They are showing real interest in both. I may take advantage of this warm period to put some pollen substitute patties on hives at the house. I know that once I start, ...
by Jacobs
Sat Dec 21, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Solstice
Replies: 28
Views: 13467

Re: Solstice

Happy Bee New Year 2019. There are a few dandelions in bloom, but I haven't seen bees on them. The leatherleaf mahonias are a long way from blooming. I'll check out David's flowering quince later this morning. My bees are bringing in pollen from somewhere, probably camellias in the neighborhood. Wal...
by Jacobs
Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Mite Treatments
Replies: 15
Views: 6374

Re: Mite Treatments

I am getting ready to do a round of OAV in hives. We are closing in on the time where brood is at its lowest and OAV is supposed to be most effective. No mite counts--just looking for activity and keeping an eye on hive weights.
by Jacobs
Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: White powder/mildew on adult bees?
Replies: 5
Views: 617

Re: White powder/mildew on adult bees?

Tree sap? Fondant? Any other guesses (or does someone know what this is)?
by Jacobs
Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: White powder/mildew on adult bees?
Replies: 5
Views: 617

Re: White powder/mildew on adult bees?

It almost sounds like wood ash or paper ash, but that is just a guess. Just hope it is not Sevin dust.
by Jacobs
Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm/Abscond-8/23/19
Replies: 3
Views: 1775

Re: Swarm/Abscond-8/23/19

The second queen is mated. I caught her and marked her. I used this 2 queen nuc for my observation hive at Art in the Arboretum. It was fun pointing out that the bees did not do what we are taught and have 1 queen per hive and that the worker bees were either the daughters or granddaughters of one q...
by Jacobs
Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: 5 Gallon Food Grade Buckets
Replies: 3
Views: 1821

Re: 5 Gallon Food Grade Buckets

I am scheduled to pick up another load of buckets this morning. I will bring what I get to tonight's GCBA meeting. They are free for the taking.
by Jacobs
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Fall honeyflow
Replies: 12
Views: 7846

Re: Fall honeyflow

Yesterday when I got home from Art in the Arboretum, I could smell aster in my hives and I could see that some of the volunteer aster plants in my yard are in bloom. I have my doubts about how much of a fall flow there is, but at least there is something.