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What do Mason Bees Pollinate?

Most Osmia mason bees are generalist pollinators, foraging on a wide variety of plants. As a rule of thumb, Osmia prefer tube-shaped blossoms or flowers with irregular shapes. Some of their favorites are various mints, penstemon, scorpionweed, and willows. They also like legume family plants such as indigo bush, clover, and vetch along with composites such as thistles.

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What’s in Your Beekeeping Smoker?

Add to Favorites When our son first started keeping bees I had no idea what a beekeeping smoker was used for or what to put in the smoker. The smoker …

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How to Manage Ants in a Beehive
May 9, 2022 · · Health & Pests

There is nothing quite like the sights and sounds of bees buzzing around, gathering pollen and nectar on a warm summer day. Summer and bees just seem to go together; unfortunately, so do summer and pests.

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How Often Should I Test for Varroa Mites?

I would like to know when I should start testing for varroa mites. And then what schedule should I follow for the following months?

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What You Can Learn from the Beehive Entrance

here are many things you can learn about your hive just by watching the beehive entrance and the environment around the beehive.

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When Should I Perform the First Mite Check and Treatment?

A key time for getting a jump on varroa is when the colony is broodless, since any mites present will be in a phoretic state rather than hiding inside capped brood.

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Wax Moth Treatment to Help Your Bees Win the Battle
May 3, 2022 · · Health & Pests

Add to Favorites All hives, even healthy ones, will have wax moths. I didn’t understand this when we first started beekeeping. I thought that if we were good beekeepers our …

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Starting Beekeeping: Find a Beekeeping Mentor

Mentoring is a traditional way for beekeepers to teach people starting beekeeping about tending bees. However, finding a mentor, someone who is both knowledgeable about hive management and interested in teaching you, can feel difficult, especially if you don’t know anyone who keeps bees in your area.

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What Happens When the Queen Bee Dies?

Raising honeybees is a challenge. One day your hive looks good and a few days later you wonder if it’s going to live.

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Beekeeping Calendar April/May
April 28, 2022 · · Hive Highlights

Add to Favorites A guide to Beekeeping in the Northern Hemisphere. Loving Hive Highlights? Download other helpful resources in this series! CLICK HERE to get your pdf!

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