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What’s Wrong with my Homemade Fondant?
November 14, 2019 · · Ask The Expert

Beekeepers add vinegar to fondant recipes under the mistaken idea that you need to invert the sucrose for the bees. This is not true. Most nectar is mainly sucrose, but the instant the bees ingest it, their saliva breaks it down into glucose and fructose.

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Should I Leave Supers on For the Winter?

Should I leave supers on for the winter?

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Are Infrared Cameras in the Winter Necessary?

In the past few years, the number of electronic devices for beekeepers has mushroomed. I’ve frequently been asked to test these new devices, so I have quite a bit of experience with them.

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What Are Those White Worms in My Honey?

The little white “worms” we sometimes see in honey are not actually worms at all. Instead, they are the larval stage of the wax moth. Just like honey bees, wax moths go through four stages of metamorphosis: egg, larva, pupa, and adult.

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How Long Will a Colony Survive Without a Queen?
October 9, 2019 · · Ask The Expert

Even without a queen, a honey bee can complete her normal adult lifespan of about four-to-six weeks.

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How do I Keep Bears Away from My Beehives?
September 20, 2019 · · Ask The Expert, Health & Pests

Once a bear learns the location of a beehive, it will keep coming back for more. So the best defense against bear predation is avoiding them in the first place.

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Why Are There Bald-Faced Hornets in my Top Feeder?
September 17, 2019 · · Ask The Expert, Health & Pests

I found a ton of dead, large black and white, what I think might be bald-faced hornets dead inside of a feeder. I killed a bunch outside my hives too. Entrance reducer was on also. Should I worry? I’m thrilled The Hive was strong enough to kill all the intruders at least.

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There’s Corn Syrup in My Bee Fondant. Is that OK?
September 5, 2019 · · Ask The Expert, Health & Pests

Is corn syrup OK for my bees? I realized that the store-bought bee fondant I ordered contains corn syrup. Should I be worried about that?

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What Yield Can I Expect Per Hive Per Season in Maryland?

When I have a colony overwinter — and they have no spring/summer issues such as a queen dying or an unexpected swarm — I generally get around 75-100 pounds of honey from each hive in Colorado.

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Does Peppermint Deter Wax Moths?

Add to Favorites David writes: Have you had any results from putting mint near your hives to prevent wax moths? While I have heard of folks suggesting mint could be …

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