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  1. General Beekeeping
    I have two hives next to each other. The stained hive lost a queen about a month ago (robbers I think). The white hive swarmed six days ago. I came home today to find a cloud of bees in the air and landed up in a tree about 40 feet off the ground. I couldn't tell which hive the bees had come...
  2. Raising Queens
    I had a b usy day today, forty cells were emerging on a day I wanted to make splits. Only two died before I could cage them. i intended to use only the mated marked queens for the splits. I am using Karnika/Aurea. They were good for me last year. A fourth of my holdings are Buckfast, but not...
  3. Bee News
    Chemical Profiles of Two Pheromone Glands Are Differentially Regulated by Distinct Mating Factors in Honey Bee Queens (Apis mellifera L.) Pheromones mediate social interactions among individuals in a wide variety of species, from yeast to mammals. In social insects such as honey bees, pheromone...
  4. General Beekeeping
    Here's a quick question for some beekeeping experts: I caught a swarm today from a tree in someone's front yard. The swarm was quite small and I suspect that it is a secondary swarm with an unmated queen. When I first approached the swarm, I observed them for a minute or two. I swear that I...
  5. General Beekeeping
    I'm a new beekeeper and I installed 3lbs of bees last Saturday. Today I find my queen outside of the hive on the ground with a handfull of bees swarming her. I got her back into the hive, but what could be happening here? I have a spotless clean hive, she and her new family came from a reputable...
  6. Bee News
    Social Context and Reproductive Potential Affect Worker Reproductive Decisions in a Eusocial Insect Eighty-four percent of the fertile bees introduced into a foreign nest (n = 6 colonies) had developed ovaries seven days later, whereas only 55.6% (n = 6 colonies, p = 0.037) did when reintroduced...
  7. Bee News
    Comparing Alternative Methods for Holding Virgin Honey Bee Queens for One Week in Mailing Cages before Mating To determine survival of newly-emerged virgin honey bee queens every day for seven days in an experiment that simultaneously investigated three factors: queen cage type (wooden...
  8. Trading Post
    I have mated Danish Buckfast Queens available now. Our next ship date is October 30th. They are extremely gentle and excellent honey producers. They overwinter well with a smaller cluster to conserve stores. Buy online for $22.95 + $5.95 shipping. Order Here...
  9. Bee News
    Hox Gene Expression Leads to Differential Hind Leg Development between Honeybee Castes Beyond the physiological and behavioral, differences in appendage morphology between the workers and queens of Apis mellifera are pre-eminent. Development of the hind legs diphenism characteristic of this...
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