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  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:18 pm   Subject: Earwigs Elsewhere
Earwigs. They're called earwigs.

  Topic: Living in a bee house

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:55 pm   Subject: Wonderful!
That's great, Bernhard. I may evict my family and move in some bees.

  Topic: Plan Bee - please watch film and send your comments

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PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 7:02 am   Subject: Better Late than...
I watched the films, sent a reply--you still can. But, - - no flower packet. Sigh...

  Topic: Healthy Bees in Texas

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 2:13 pm   Subject: The Gap
I don't know if this is too big or not. I have one hive with 1/4", two with 1/8", and Phil has no wire, completely open, on his hive bottoms. Small Hive Beetles will not be kept out by eit ...
  Topic: Observation Window for a Beginner

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 12:20 am   Subject: Glass Side
I haven't thought of this, or tried anything like it, but it seems like there would be two problems, at least. First, plexi is neither as strong as wood nor as good an insulator. It is difficult to ...
  Topic: Observation Window for a Beginner

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 12:07 am   Subject: Cutting Plexi
A sharp knife along a firmly held strait edge, scoring the plexi ten or so times (this is for 1/8" plexi--thicker might not work as well), then carefully bending at the score held over another st ...
  Topic: Observation Window for a Beginner

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 8:16 am   Subject: Looking into Observation Windows
Welcome to the forum and to beekeeping. This is a great time to look into the "search" function of this site. Look just under the masthead on the beekeeping forum page, hit the search butt ...
  Topic: Apidictor Poll

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:14 pm   Subject: late results
I'm in, for the completed product. Just got the poll today.

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