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swarm

I’ve really enjoyed several of the books I’ve read by Sue Hubbell.  She’s a writer now in her 70′s, who was a librarian at Brown University until 1972, when she and her husband moved to the Ozarks to raise bees and sell honey for a living.  After they divorced, she stayed on and worked her [...]

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Swarm in July, Worth More Than a Fly?

by Lisa Linderman on July 6, 2010

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There’s an old saying… A swarm in May is worth a load of hay; a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon; but a swarm in July is not worth a fly. Well, it’s July 6th, and the bees, they are a-swarmin’.  Got a call last night about picking up a swarm in Salmon [...]

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The Smart Swarm

by Lisa Linderman on May 28, 2010

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My parents sent me a photo of the swarm I captured in their back yard a few weeks ago.  Big glob o’ bees!  This is what a swarm looks like, in case anyone wondered.  Went out to check the hives today, as I was giving a “tour” of the yard.  The newest swarm and the Tragic [...]

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My New Favorite Swarm

by Lisa Linderman on May 15, 2010

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Okay, so never mind about having to coax the bees into their new home.  I think they’re my new favorite swarm (don’t tell the others!)   They are industrious, and had built about 3″ of comb in 36 hours in their box.  They are hardy, and I counted only maybe 6 or 7 dead bees [...]

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Swarm Weather

by Lisa Linderman on May 13, 2010

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Today it was beautiful outside.  Really clear, and it’s supposed to last for a few days.  I guess that would be good swarm weather, eh?  (Someone forgot to tell my last swarm when to go…it was horrible when they decided to bail!) My parents called me midday to ask me about the hive I’d installed [...]

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Bees Everywhere, Part Deux

by Lisa Linderman on May 4, 2010

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Okay, so when last we left our intrepid beekeeping newbie, she was excited about acquiring a very large swarm as well as the originating hive.  Her plans were laid, the game was afoot, her some-other-cliche was going on too. Which is great, except somewhere in there, someone forgot to tell the bees about the plans.  [...]

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Bees Everywhere!

by Lisa Linderman on May 2, 2010

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Today I got a phone call from a lady who had a swarm, and she wanted to know if I’d come get it from her.  I said sure, no problem, be there in 20 minutes.  Then she asked if I wanted their original hive.  Turns out their own Langstroth hive had swarmed, so they knew [...]

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