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msscha
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:15 pm    Post subject: honeybees in the neighborhood! Reply with quote

A few weeks ago, I noticed honeybees in our yard. These are not my bees because my first package isn't due to arrive until the first week of April, and I'm pretty sure I have not seen honeybees around before. Today, we have beautiful weather after a few days of nasty cold rain, and I found both our native (or at least local) bumble bees in the azaleas and honeybees in the viburnum! The bumblebees are a bit more skittish, but easier to see because they are big and boldly colored. I got one good pic of a honeybee, complete with pollen sacs on her legs Smile!
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J Smith
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Location: New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Riversdale.

PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool.
Honey bees are thought to travel up to 1 1/2 mile (can be up to 4 mile if needed) radius from their hive to food sources, perhaps someone in that radius from you has a hive you have not seen?
If not it might be a wild colony- have you your hives baited for scout bees?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hadn't thought about baiting hives. Maybe when I finish building them, I should put them both out, just in case:lol: ? Probably not, though -- too many wasps. But makes me feel better about growing my hives!

I wonder if one of the local nurseries started a bee hive? There are 4 large retailers within a few miles. Good bee food, I'm hoping!
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