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Honey, Bee Forage; Nectar & Pollen Sources / mesquite trees and rain
« Last post by Wandering Man on Yesterday at 11:09:06 pm »
Other beekeepers down here are saying that with our recent rains the nectar flow from the mesquite trees has stopped.

We've been in a drought since the hurricane last August.  It seems backwards to me that a tree would have a nectar flow when things are dry and then stop when it rains.

Can anyone with more knowledge of trees than me tell me why this happens?
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Beekeeping 101 / Re: Bees fanning
« Last post by Bakersdozen on Yesterday at 10:37:39 pm »
This is beginning to sound like "old beekeeper tales"!   :laugh:
A couple of weeks ago it was so hot here that the bees were bearding on the shady side of the hive bodies!  So much for fanning at the entrance to help circulate the air.
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Beekeeping 101 / Re: Bees fanning
« Last post by Mikey N.C. on Yesterday at 06:16:53 pm »
Newbee,
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 .
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Beekeeping 101 / Re: Bees fanning
« Last post by Newbee on Yesterday 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?
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Calendar & Events / Re: Texas Beekeeper's Association Summer Clinic
« Last post by Bakersdozen on Yesterday at 10:32:13 am »
Dr. Ellis is a wonderful, entertaining speaker.  His southern accent is fun to listen to as well.
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Swarms, Cut Outs, Trap Outs and Bee Trees / Re: Caught a swarm... now what?
« Last post by Barbarian on Yesterday at 01:02:53 am »
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.
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Calendar & Events / Texas Beekeeper's Association Summer Clinic
« Last post by Wandering Man on June 23, 2018, 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.



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Bees and Kids / Re: Celebrated National Pollinator Week
« Last post by neillsayers on June 23, 2018, 02:49:02 pm »
Thanks Apis :) now I know
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Bees and Kids / Re: Celebrated National Pollinator Week
« Last post by apisbees on June 23, 2018, 02:15:23 pm »
In Arizona there are ones that feed on cactus nectar, thus providing polination.
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Bees and Kids / Re: Celebrated National Pollinator Week
« Last post by neillsayers on June 23, 2018, 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.?
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