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Beekeeping 101 / Re: Bees fanning
« Last post by Mikey N.C. on Today at 06:16:53 pm »
2 yrs. ago i watched a hive ready to swarm under thunderstorms.  Bearded out front,  storm came. I could look out window and every time it lighting the group of bees hung out to dry, would move side to side .
Beekeeping 101 / Re: Bees fanning
« Last post by Newbee on Today at 05:14:02 pm »
Interesting discussion.... I wonder if having a larger over-hang on the cover would be advantageous? Not only to protect against rain, but offer shade on a sunny day?
Calendar & Events / Re: Texas Beekeeper's Association Summer Clinic
« Last post by Bakersdozen on Today at 10:32:13 am »
Dr. Ellis is a wonderful, entertaining speaker.  His southern accent is fun to listen to as well.
There is a danger that the swarm decides that the box is not big enough and absconds. Some keeps place an excluder under the brood box for a few days.

I do not feed a swarm for a week or so. The idea is that the swarm digests the stores it has brought. Digesting the honey in their stomachs is likely to destroy disease.
Calendar & Events / Texas Beekeeper's Association Summer Clinic
« Last post by Wandering Man on Yesterday at 07:25:36 pm »
We've got Jamie Ellis this year as our keynote speaker: "What's killing our Bees!"

Ya'll come on down and enjoy some Texas warmth.

Bees and Kids / Re: Celebrated National Pollinator Week
« Last post by neillsayers on Yesterday at 02:49:02 pm »
Thanks Apis :) now I know
Bees and Kids / Re: Celebrated National Pollinator Week
« Last post by apisbees on Yesterday at 02:15:23 pm »
In Arizona there are ones that feed on cactus nectar, thus providing polination.
Bees and Kids / Re: Celebrated National Pollinator Week
« Last post by neillsayers on Yesterday at 01:10:29 pm »
That sounds like fun. I would have enjoyed your UV guides demonstration. The bat tent caught my eye. Are there any pollinating bats in the U.S.?
Pests and Diseases / Re: Milky Spore
« Last post by Bakersdozen on Yesterday at 08:06:21 am »
I learned something yesterday.  A harmless way to destroy Asian beetles is with a soapy water solution.  I don't know the details, but I would recommend Dawn.
Bees and Kids / Celebrated National Pollinator Week
« Last post by Bakersdozen on Yesterday at 08:04:03 am »
The county extension office hosted a pollinator event at a nearby pollinator garden.  I was invited to represent Honey bees.  Also present were Monarch Watch, a tent about bats, making seed balls, butterflies, how to eliminate garden pests safely, a caterpillar petting zoo, live birds of prey (very cool), and more.  I haven't heard the final numbers on how many attended, but they kept us hopping for most of the time.  My step daughter and grandson were there to help educate.  My grandson was suffering from a horrible cold so he only lasted about an hour before his Mom took him home. 

The pictures are of my grandson organizing the table.  The second grandson is modeling a jacket.  There are kids doing activities and games out on the lawn.  Another picture is an activity we had the kids participate in that all ages seem to enjoy and even kids as little as 1 year could take part in.  We did honey comb rubbings or etchings.  Then we compared their art work to a real comb.  Of course, their rubbings were just as good as the bees make! A honey straw for everyone was their reward.  The various gardens have pathways for people to walk through and observe insects up close.   The organizers also had a great string band playing music under the gazebo. 
I also made a viewing box demonstrating what a honey bee sees when he looks at a nectar source.  I used a large cardboard box with a viewing hole cut out.  Inside I put an UV flashlight that was shining down on a blooming potted plant.  The UV light showed the nectar guides.  We then explained how humans can't see UV light but honey bees can.  I also had a poster with cool pictures of flowers demonstrating how they look under UV light.  The kids and adults thought the viewing box was the coolest.
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