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Title: Is it Time Already?
Post by: Beeboy01 on January 12, 2021, 10:02:10 pm
Been keeping an eye on my hives by watching the incoming workers and over the last two weeks between the cool spells the girls have started to haul in pollen. Looking around I've spotted the maples budding out with some already starting to bloom. Yikes this is turning out to be an early start for the season. What's everybody's take on this year, is it time already for this season to start here in Florida? Checking my records I'm almost two weeks ahead of last year's maple bloom which caught me off guard.

Spent an afternoon in the shop over the weekend cleaning up and installing plastic foundation in four deeps of used frames. Planning to slowly move over to plastic foundation over the next two years. It was interesting to see the different ways I tried to assemble and nail the frames. Some were glued with Gorilla Glue and tacked with brads (didn't work) others nailed with different types of nails or stapled and glued, most needed to be re-nailed. Scraping and rebuilding old frames isn't one of those jobs I look forward to but it needs to get done. Still have to finish getting gear together for the new year but got a head start on it at least.
Title: Re: Is it Time Already?
Post by: Ben Framed on January 12, 2021, 10:21:56 pm
Beeboy two weeks earlier for the maple bud is an eye opener. I can understand your surprise. I am not in Florida. 33 here at the present. So far I am not seeing a real difference in my area compared to last season. It will be interesting to see how the weather and nature reveals itself as time rolls along. With your heads up I will be looking for similar earlier signs.



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Title: Re: Is it Time Already?
Post by: sawdstmakr on January 13, 2021, 09:34:11 am
Beeboy,
I?m seeing the same thing.  Bees bringing in maple pollen and ignoring sugar water.
Brood is building up.
Remember, December 22, winter solstice is the start of brood build up here in Florida.
Jim Altmiller
Title: Re: Is it Time Already?
Post by: rast on January 13, 2021, 01:57:05 pm
I'v seen red maple  bloom in late Dec. here in central Fl before
Title: Re: Is it Time Already?
Post by: jtcmedic on January 13, 2021, 07:09:16 pm
Mine were bringing in pollen in central Florida. My supers got som wax moths this year so I did a lot of scrapping. Even froze them before storing them this year , what a mess
Title: Re: Is it Time Already?
Post by: van from Arkansas on January 13, 2021, 08:22:54 pm
You Florida beeks are killing me with envy.  It?s like 25F in the morning with frost every day here in N Arkansas and you fellas, ya you Florida Beeks  are talking about bees bringing in pollen.  Don?t try to deny it, I read your post.  Practically had tears of joy running down my checks until I look out my window and see frozen brown grass with barren trees everywhere.

So do an old fella, Me, a favor and post some pics of bees with pollen or pics of flowers.  Any type of flower will enlighten me, put a smile on my face, until March when I see the real mc coy with my own eyes.

Thank you,

Van
Title: Re: Is it Time Already?
Post by: Ben Framed on January 13, 2021, 08:35:35 pm
Mine were bringing in pollen in central Florida. My supers got som wax moths this year so I did a lot of scrapping. Even froze them before storing them this year , what a mess


What a mess is right! I had my first substantial encounter with wax moths past season.  Had one stack of 4 clean supers filled with frames of good comb, which I was saving for the second flow. When I got ready to use these the top was stuck. Yes wax moths and a real mess. Even though I thought the frames were well sealed inside. Lesson learned....
Title: Re: Is it Time Already?
Post by: JurassicApiary on January 14, 2021, 11:33:38 am
Starting to pickup here in Hawaii too.  No flow yet, but pollen coming in in some hives.  I've already been called out to remove two swarms since the New Year.
Title: Re: Is it Time Already?
Post by: Beeboy01 on January 14, 2021, 12:40:53 pm
We used to get two or three weeks of frosty and freezing weather which was great setting the blooms on a pear tree I have. The harvest has gone from three or four bucket of pears to just three or four pears each year. Seems like for this year I'm looking at a short cold period with a longer and cooler spring.

The only sure way I have found to keep wax moths out of stored supers is to use paramoth crystals every month or so and air them out before putting them on my hives. The boxes I had to clean up were from lost hives that got taken over by wax moths trashing the comb which isn't a fun job.

I'll try to get some pictures of the pollen coming in posted just to help all you northern beeks get through the winter.   
Title: Re: Is it Time Already?
Post by: van from Arkansas on January 14, 2021, 02:45:05 pm
Starting to pickup here in Hawaii too.  No flow yet, but pollen coming in in some hives.  I've already been called out to remove two swarms since the New Year.

Two swarms already?!?!  Good for you, I wanna work with my bees too, but I have to just sit and wait for warm winds:  March or April for me.  Until warmer weather? I?ll just keep reading about you beeks in warmer climates with my envy.  Every year, about this time, reading post on BeeMaster, I experience Apis Empathic Syndrome or AES, I call it.  Don?t worry, I?ll be fine in Spring.  Keep posting: swarms, pollen, flowers, I adore the post.  Yes, BEEBOY, post pics please.

Blessings
Title: Re: Is it Time Already?
Post by: Bob Wilson on January 15, 2021, 09:51:30 am
It was January 15 last year when red maple bloomed in middle Georgia. I watch impatiently for what will happen this year.
Title: Re: Is it Time Already?
Post by: Beeboy01 on January 15, 2021, 10:57:36 am
Van, I tried to get a couple of pictures of pollen coming in but the girls took offense to having a cell phone stuffed in the entrance of the hives and I had to make a hasty retreat. Need to break out a better camera over the weekend. Shop day today, need to paint wax on all the plastic foundation I worked on this week then on to repairing and painting some boxes and lids.
Title: Re: Is it Time Already?
Post by: Bob Wilson on January 15, 2021, 05:08:20 pm
How's this, Beeboy?
Title: Re: Is it Time Already?
Post by: Bob Wilson on January 15, 2021, 05:12:07 pm
The above photo was at 2pm today. I imagine it is dandelion pollen they are bringing in, although I see nothing blooming around my house.
Title: Re: Is it Time Already?
Post by: Beeboy01 on January 15, 2021, 05:32:11 pm
Nice picture Bob, lots of activity with that hive. :)
Title: Re: Is it Time Already?
Post by: van from Arkansas on January 15, 2021, 08:06:08 pm
Oh my, thanks for the pic Mr. Wilson, inspiring on this cold windy snowy day.  BEEBOY, thanks, but don?t get stung.

Cheers

Add, I see about 8 bees with heavy pollen sacks, just beautiful.
Title: Re: Is it Time Already?
Post by: Brian MCquilkin on January 15, 2021, 10:58:31 pm
Bob, fantastic shot lots of pollen. I'm jealous have about 8 weeks before I see the bees active in this neck of the woods.
Title: Re: Is it Time Already?
Post by: Oldbeavo on January 16, 2021, 03:07:59 pm
Hi Bob
Dandelion in Australia is more orange than yellow, not sue about US dandelion.