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« Last post by Ben Framed on February 21, 2024, 01:23:46 am »
That?s an awesome setup. Thanks Les!
« Last post by Occam on February 21, 2024, 12:28:48 am »
Unusually warm right now waiting for the other shoe to drop and get another cold snap. That said I've been seeing daffodils on south facing slopes of hills, tulip leaves are coming up in my flower bed, clover is turning thick and green with a couple flowers I saw in a customer's yard last week. Today I saw that some of the Bradford pears are opening buds. Not full flowers but only a couple days away from that
WEB VIDEOS / Re: A brief history of "The Bug"
« Last post by Ben Framed on February 20, 2024, 09:59:55 pm »
Hahaha! Good one Sal.

What was the expected fuel mileage on the bugs?
WEB VIDEOS / Re: A brief history of "The Bug"
« Last post by Salvo on February 20, 2024, 09:48:37 pm »
Hi Folks,


First they went Hybrid. The they went all Electric. Now Vegan.

PHOTO PAGE - MEMBER PHOTOS & BEE-MOVIES HERE! / Re: The plants they love
« Last post by The15thMember on February 20, 2024, 09:06:23 pm »
Nope, it's definitely a fly, probably a drone fly of some sort that is mimicking a honey bee.  Notice how it has very short antennae, only 2 wings, no pollen carrying hairs on the legs, and different mouthparts than a bee.  A bee will have long antennae, 4 wings, and usually visible structures for carrying pollen (unless it's a male, a cuckoo bee, or a bee who carries pollen internally).  I have another picture of a drone fly attached, along with a honey bee and a leafcutter bee for comparison.  Drone flies are still important pollinators though!   
Looks to me like the Beetle Barns would get expensive, in comparison to number of beetles caught, after a while, since they have a rather short life, with bees propolizing them.

I think I will use SBB & oil pan *and* the "murder sauce" mentioned in the video below. The "murder sauce" would be smeared in the top corners of the hive to spare the bees the work of herding the SHB's all the way down to the oil pan. 😉

"Murder sauce" starts at about min 8:00
« Last post by Dora on February 20, 2024, 08:10:42 pm »
H'mm ... creating a breeze with a fan sounds like a good reason to situate hives close to a building!
(Still working on situating hives.)
« Last post by Lesgold on February 20, 2024, 06:41:52 pm »
Many years ago I visited a salmon farm in Tasmania that had an impressive setup. Water for the salmon  tanks was collected from below a waterfall high above the farm. It was run though a large pipe that flowed to the salmon tanks that cascaded down a hill. Water was fed into each one at quite a high volume. Natural aeration was achieved due to the action of the waterfall. Each tank had a current generated due to the amount of water flowing in. The fish were extremely healthy and were basically disease free as the water cycled through quickly. Overflow water was then directed to the next tank down the hill. Towards the bottom of the hill, waste water ran through a race and over a water wheel which generated power for the processing shed. From memory, solar power was also used to help supply energy requirements for the shed. Waste water was then directed into a large, flat wetland area where plants of various types broke down any fish waste. The water then slowly flowed back into the stream. Tests indicated that the quality of water flowing out of the system was as clean if not cleaner than the input water from the waterfall. What an amazing setup. Free water, no power utilised to run the system and electricity generated as a byproduct.
PHOTO PAGE - MEMBER PHOTOS & BEE-MOVIES HERE! / Re: The plants they love
« Last post by beelife on February 20, 2024, 04:41:36 pm »
I think it is a wild bee.  :grin:
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Secondhand Questions about Flow Hives
« Last post by Lesgold on February 20, 2024, 04:23:09 pm »
Michael and Ace are correct in their thoughts on flow hives. There are many hobby beekeepers in my area that purchase them as they think that they are a good idea. When people ask for advice before buying one, I always suggest that they start with a normal hive and learn about bees before venturing into a flow hive. The new beekeepers who purchase one and are successful from the start are just lucky. Many are not and have problems with the bees not wanting to work on the plastic. The hybrid style that uses a few standard frames on the outside of the flow frames can encourage the bees to work in the top box. A strong flow solves all problems. During a mild honey flow the bees often backfill the brood box as their preference to moving upstairs. During a dearth or over winter, they can be problematic. Again, this is not an issue if you know how to deal with the situation. As Ace stated, the advertising seems to imply that bees are placed into the hive and then a short time later a handle is turned to produce honey. They are a fantastic piece of engineering and you have to give a thumbs up to the inventor for thinking outside the box.
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