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How Long After a Swarm Should I See Signs of a Queen?
June 26, 2020 · · Ask The Expert

On average, a newly emerged queen takes about two weeks, give or take, before she begins to lay eggs.

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How to Support Your Solitary Bee Population

There are more than 20,000 species of solitary bees. Native to nearly every corner of the globe, they are adapted to a vast diversity of climates and habitats.

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What Bugs Your Bees in Summer? Know the Lineup of Beekeeping Pests.
June 20, 2020 · · Health & Pests

While many creatures may choose a honey bee hive for its warmth and protection in winter, other animals are attracted to bee hives in summer. Most of these animals do not attempt to enter the hive — after all, that’s an intimidating proposition.

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What You Need to Know About Apiary Layout
June 15, 2020 · · Hives & Equipment

The cold days of winter are a great time to plan for next spring and summer. These plans might include the garden, the orchard, livestock, or the apiary.

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Fascinating Queen Bee Facts for Today’s Beekeeper

Queen bees are fascinating and sophisticated creatures. Before starting your honey bee farm, there are some queen bee facts you must know in order to be a successful backyard beekeeper.

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How Many Days After Requeening Should I See Eggs?
June 12, 2020 · · Ask The Expert

After eight days, you should see eggs by now, even if it took the workers two or three days to release her. A queenless colony can go about 21 days before the workers’ ovaries begin to develop.

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Why Do I Have Dead Drones in My Beehive Entrance?
June 12, 2020 · · Ask The Expert

Every now and then someone reports massive numbers of dead drones in spring and early summer. It doesn’t seem right but it happens. One common thread that runs through these reports is several days of rainy or cold weather just prior to finding the dead drones.

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How do Bees Mate?
June 11, 2020 · · Health & Pests

An interesting and deadly dance takes place all across the world; in fact, it’s necessary for human survival and yet goes unnoticed by humans year after year. The dance is actually the mating ritual of honey bees.

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How Long Will a Colony Survive Without a Queen?
June 9, 2020 · · 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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Hygienic Bees Smell Disease and Do Something About It
June 6, 2020 · · Health & Pests

One form of social immunity is called hygienic behavior, wherein many young workers resist the spread of pathogens and Varroa mites by detecting, uncapping, and removing unhealthy brood.

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