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Hawthorn? We notice decidedly more psychotic bees when that's flowering - and the stings even get stingier ? Bloody bane of a plant that one sometimes.

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39 minutes ago, Fitzie said:

Hawthorn? We notice decidedly more psychotic bees when that's flowering - and the stings even get stingier ? Bloody bane of a plant that one sometimes.

Oh dear.. so much to learn

I spotted the hawthorn on the neighbours pond yesterday. It is in full blossom 

possibly the best I’ve seen it

Psychotic bees... hope not

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@Beefriendly Here's hoping one bush may not be enough to rark-up your hive's. Keep me updated though, I've only had the 'damn hawthorn' opinion from two other beekeepers so far.

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10 minutes ago, Fitzie said:

@Beefriendly Here's hoping one bush may not be enough to rark-up your hive's. Keep me updated though, I've only had the 'damn hawthorn' opinion from two other beekeepers so far.

Time will tell.. it’s a large bush..

and there’s possibly more around the neighbouring farms.

Our girls are loving the pittosporum which is huge..

 

I had a really ansy hive last Spring. She was a 2 year old queen 

under the watchful eye of @M4tt, it was requeened with a daughter from one of his star Qs 

The hive is thriving and gentle as. 

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57 minutes ago, Beefriendly said:

Oh dear.. so much to learn

I spotted the hawthorn on the neighbours pond yesterday. It is in full blossom 

possibly the best I’ve seen it

Psychotic bees... hope not

The reference is not to  "Water Hawthorn" but the tree variety...

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57 minutes ago, yesbut said:

The reference is not to  "Water Hawthorn" but the tree variety...

The one I was referring to looks like a tree to me...happens to be near a pond 

 

It has red berries, later in the season 

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"Near" a pond is not "on" a pond . Not sorry for my confusion.. 

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@yesbut that last comment reminds me of this 

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11 minutes ago, yesbut said:

"Near" a pond is not "on" a pond . Not sorry for my confusion.. 

Corrected 

The hawthorn is adjacent to a pond

 

And it transpires you’re a chippy...

there I thought you had a teaching background 

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32 minutes ago, Fitzie said:

@yesbut that last comment reminds me of this 

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Love it.

My current favorite

 

Let's eat, Grandma

Let's eat Grandma.

Commas save lives!

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4 hours ago, Beefriendly said:

Oh dear.. so much to learn

I spotted the hawthorn on the neighbours pond yesterday. It is in full blossom 

@yesbut....interestingly because I didn't know Water Hawthorn existed, I envisaged this sentence to mean  the spent blossoms were falling onto the pond....

Apparently you should learn something new each day.....my mission is to now educate myself on Aponogeton distachyos. Thank you.

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2 minutes ago, Mummzie said:

..my mission is to now educate myself on Aponogeton distachyos. Thank you.

If you want some it sends out seedlings like crazy I have heaps. Winter flowering but still some out at present. Never seen a bee near them.

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Just now, yesbut said:

If you want some it sends out seedling like crazy I have heaps.

 

No pond

Phew.

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I don't think I can even pronounce Aponogeton distachyos

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ˈwɔːtə(r)/ /ˈhɔːˌθɔː(r)n/

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Are you still in the office? Must be knock off time soon.? Thats the pronunciation guides from the online dictionaries- for water hawthorn. I wouldn't try to get my tongue round Aponogeton distachyos....but neither have I been able to interpret the above gibberish. Being an internet smartass/google expert. I have to go to an IRD seminar on payday paye tonight, so trying to feel intelligent.

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wrong stream

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Hey I have had this.  I found the queens, killed them and requeened, and my darlings were back to being lovely.  Apparently some older queens lose some of theri pehromone production ability and the whole hive gets cranky.  I hated doing it - and go very badly stung, but so glad I did.

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On 9/10/2018 at 10:52 PM, nikki watts said:

Not sure, I haven’t seen any but there is an old forestry gully next door so it could be in there. 

Hi nicci 

haven’t noticed much of a bee fire up on barberry but have had MASSiVE varroa loads this season in taranaki 

I have  found that hives with high varroa loads are pretty grumpy   

At first I thought we had a big resistance to treatments but have since thought it may be  re infestation due to high overwintering density’s

normally we can grow hives and draw comb on barberry 

this year we can grow hives but varroa are a real problem and I think are making bees very grumpy

certainly takes a lot of joy out of what we do

 

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38 minutes ago, frazzledfozzle said:

Our cell raisers all want to swarm and are grumpy as 

Is everything happening earlier for you .

Maybe the bees do not like being active this early , like some people .

The temps maybe up but if daylight hours are important the days may not be long enough for their clocks yet .

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12 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

Is everything happening earlier for you .

Maybe the bees do not like being active this early , like some people .

The temps maybe up but if daylight hours are important the days may not be long enough for their clocks yet .

 

No it’s about usual, once the barberry starts it gets even worse :( 

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On 10/10/2018 at 10:29 AM, Fitzie said:

Hawthorn? We notice decidedly more psychotic bees when that's flowering - and the stings even get stingier ? Bloody bane of a plant that one sometimes.

Also seems to put them into a swarming mode as well   

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7 hours ago, frazzledfozzle said:

 

No it’s about usual, once the barberry starts it gets even worse :( 

Does barberry honey taste any good ?

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7 hours ago, kaihoka said:

Does barberry honey taste any good ?

 

I don’t like it 

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