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Old 05-11-2016, 07:10 AM   #76
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I saw somewhere that keepers are at about 44% losses this year.
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Old 05-18-2016, 10:16 AM   #77
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Here's a charm for beekeepers. Actually it's supposed to be a Hornet school mascot, but beekeepers are adaptable folk.
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Old 05-18-2016, 12:40 PM   #78
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Last night I made a carpenter bee trap.

We'll see how it works. The little shits are eating my house.
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Old 06-19-2016, 03:45 PM   #79
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Old 06-20-2016, 01:01 PM   #80
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In case you weren't sure, to bee, or not to bee...
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Old 06-20-2016, 09:01 PM   #81
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Praise the Lord, a rational response from the MA Environmental Police.

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HAMPDEN - Massachusetts Environmental Police said they found "no violations" by a man who shot a black bear on his property over the weekend.
The unidentified man shot the bear on Monson Road on Saturday afternoon. Police described it as a 200-pound adult.
Investigators said the shooting was justified because the bear was "actively destroying the man's beehives," which is a legitimate reason to kill an animal under state law.
Although their response was more likely, damn it, we'd like to fuck this guy but he's got us on a technicality. You have to know these clowns.
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Old 07-08-2016, 04:30 PM   #82
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...and then God created the bee:

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Old 07-13-2016, 09:56 PM   #83
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Old 07-21-2016, 06:30 PM   #84
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Old 07-22-2016, 07:51 AM   #85
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Here's a charm for beekeepers. Actually it's supposed to be a Hornet school mascot, but beekeepers are adaptable folk.
BMets mascot Buddy the Bee to be replaced.
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Old 07-22-2016, 09:15 AM   #86
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Last night I made a carpenter bee trap.

We'll see how it works. The little shits are eating my house.
I need the plans for that. Those bastards have perforated my house.
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Old 07-22-2016, 09:47 AM   #87
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I followed these plans, more or less.

Get about an 8 inch scrap of 4x4 post. Drill a 1 inch diameter hole into the end grain and about 6 inches or so deep. then drill 0.5 inch diameter holes in from each of the 4 sides at a 45 degree angle so they all meet at the bottom of the 6 inch hole you already drilled. I got an empty peanut butter jar because I didn't want any broken glass in case the thing fell, and drilled a 1 inch hole in the cap and screwed the cap to the block of wood in line with the 1 inch diameter hole. Attache the jar to the lid and hang the whole thing under an overhang of some sort, near the wood damage.

The bees come up to the block, see the 0.5 inch diameter hole just begging them to investigate. They go in and crawl uphill at the 45 degree angle. Everything is dark until they get to the top, and then there is the large 1 inch shaft that drops down into the jar and there is lots of light down there, so they follow the light out. Except then they are in the jar.

Here's a nice site too.

And I made my trap a little more tricky by cutting off the top of a water bottle and inverting it like a funnel and attaching that to my peanut butter jar lid so the bees would have an even harder time finding their way out. Kind of like this.
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The life cycle of the carpenter bee is that they are active in the spring and lay lots of eggs, and then those eggs hatch in the late summer, and they are active again. So it's a bit of a lull here now and I haven't caught anything. But when they hatch, I'll get them.
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Old 07-22-2016, 10:00 AM   #88
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Awesome. I'm on it.
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Old 07-22-2016, 06:29 PM   #89
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Old 09-16-2016, 12:05 PM   #90
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20,000 bees follow a car for two days trying to rescue their queen

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Roger Burns, of Pembrokeshire Beekeepers, said: "It is possible the queen had been attracted to something in the car - perhaps a sweet or food in the car.

"The swarm of around 20,000 had followed her and were sat around on the boot of the car.

"I brought over a cardboard box and carefully brushed them into there as quickly as possible as I was aware it was a big swarm in the middle of the high street.

"I got about 15 or 20 stings for my trouble. I then left the cardboard box on the roof while we waited for the last few hundred bees to leave the boot but then a gust of wind blew it off and the queen may have fled back to the boot again."

Retired GP Roger, 65, said: "I then had to leave and another beekeeper took up the watch however eventually the car owner returned and drove off.

"I have been beekeeping for 30 years and I have never seen a swarm do that. It is natural for them to follow the queen but it is a strange thing to see and quite surprising to have a car followed for two days. It was quite amusing."
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