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Mar 08, 2017 01:10 |  #1

Some shots of honey bees visiting my camellia flowers for some sugar/honey syrup treats.
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Mar 08, 2017 04:30 |  #2

Lovely series of bee shots


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Mar 09, 2017 00:18 |  #3

chrisa2007 wrote in post #18295069 (external link)
Lovely series of bee shots

Thanks Chris :)
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Mar 09, 2017 03:44 |  #4

Very nice Brian.




  
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Mar 09, 2017 05:15 |  #5

It's all kicking off down south! :rolleyes:

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Mar 09, 2017 06:32 |  #6

Great shots!

Are those pink camillias? Some good protein for them in late winter/early spring.

These bees appear to be somewhat dark colored. Here in the states we may allude to them having Caucasian genes in them. Caucasians are gentle bees and a pleasure to work with in an apiary. On the other hand, they could be of German (also dark colored) descent which sometimes results in a more defensive nature making them more difficult to work with in a beeyard. Most of the gene pool here in the USA has been homogenized over the last 100 or so years and no true races are left, though you can find colonies that appear to be predominant in one gene more so than another.

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Mar 09, 2017 15:15 |  #7

Great set Brian - so nice to have them back again isn't it.

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Mar 10, 2017 00:21 |  #8

dm1215al wrote in post #18296073 (external link)
Very nice Brian.


Snowyman wrote in post #18296109 (external link)
It's all kicking off down south! :rolleyes:

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Great shots!

Are those pink camillias? Some good protein for them in late winter/early spring.

These bees appear to be somewhat dark colored. Here in the states we may allude to them having Caucasian genes in them. Caucasians are gentle bees and a pleasure to work with in an apiary. On the other hand, they could be of German (also dark colored) descent which sometimes results in a more defensive nature making them more difficult to work with in a beeyard. Most of the gene pool here in the USA has been homogenized over the last 100 or so years and no true races are left, though you can find colonies that appear to be predominant in one gene more so than another.

Some very nice captures.
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Great set Brian - so nice to have them back again isn't it.

Linda

Thanks again for the comments :)
Ed- yes on pink camellias. No idea what race of bees but they are quite calm around me.
Linda - Yes good to see them around again.
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Mar 10, 2017 12:33 |  #9

Brian, most honey bees are gentle while *away* from the colony foraging. It is when they are defensive that they will "light you up"...as in defending their home. But, this doesn't not always hold true. A few years ago my mentor and I removed a colony from a barn stall wall. My bee gear consisted of blue jeans, a white tea-shirt, and a veil...I ended up getting a dozen or so stings that afternoon...the bees were *extremely gentle*. The owner of the barn was ready to get rid of the bees one way or the other so we removed them and I carried them home. Those bees would have died over the winter as they had but just a drop of honey but were bringing in pollen like crazy. The next summer I harvested over 100 pounds of honey from that one colony...I guess they figured they'd make up for the previous year! Here's a shot of the colony after we had removed the sheet of plywood that was covering them....

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Mar 11, 2017 00:34 |  #10

Intheswamp wrote in post #18297359 (external link)
Brian, most honey bees are gentle while *away* from the colony foraging. It is when they are defensive that they will "light you up"...as in defending their home. But, this doesn't not always hold true. A few years ago my mentor and I removed a colony from a barn stall wall. My bee gear consisted of blue jeans, a white tea-shirt, and a veil...I ended up getting a dozen or so stings that afternoon...the bees were *extremely gentle*. The owner of the barn was ready to get rid of the bees one way or the other so we removed them and I carried them home. Those bees would have died over the winter as they had but just a drop of honey but were bringing in pollen like crazy. The next summer I harvested over 100 pounds of honey from that one colony...I guess they figured they'd make up for the previous year! Here's a shot of the colony after we had removed the sheet of plywood that was covering them....
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And another one of my mentor looking at a comb that he'd just removed...honey bees are amazing creatures.
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Interesting info and shots .
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