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Temps have been horrible with low double digits overnight. Not being able to go into the hives and checking, I was able to borrow a thermal camera to see I can spot the heat from the clusters. My main concern was the hive to the left which is not looking great. The camera was not the best and showing a very small cluster compared to the one on the right.

This is also part of my test to determine if there is a big difference between overwintering double-deeps vs single+medium. I’m leaning towards the latter since it’s a much easier to manage (the weight) but harder to manage space (swarming). More to come and will see where we end up!

Happy winter-beekeeping!

#bees #honeybees #winter #beesofinstagram #dreamingofspring

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Excited to partake in this upcoming pop up event by @melgruyichtomlin & @levitate_creative_services! Come check us and other vendors, artists, and food and music. We’ll look forward to seeing you then!

#bees #beekeeping #art #music #creativity #914popups #honey

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Happy Hanukkah! Holidays seem to come fast and furious these days. Lots of turkey followed by sufganiyot(delicious jelly filled fried donuts). Might need to hold off on ordering new pants until January 😂

#bees #honeybees #holidayseason #beekeepersofinstagram #hanukkah

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Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families. While today is centered around being thankful, do not lose sight of the many things we should be thankful for on a daily basis. Thank you for being here on our journey and for sharing yours with us!

#bees #honeybees #grateful #nature #beekeepersodinstagram

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Finished up another round of OA while I had some daylight left. The honking of geese as they started flying south got my attention and got to notice how beautiful the sky was. Just can’t get used to shorter, and colder days.

#bees #honeybees #nature #beauty #beesofinstagram

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Ok, had to share this since not only did we have an amazing time at @levitate_creative_services’s art show, we actually won this incredible piece in a raffle!! This NEVER happens and a big thank you to @mr_mustart for the beautiful live piece. @lizterzicsmith thank you for introducing us to these amazing artists!

#grafitiart #streetartist #winning #art #artistsoninstagram

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Oxalic Acid is no joke and vapor can cause severe irritation or burns. Please exercise caution depending on the device you use!

#bees #honeybees #safetyfirst #varroatreatment #oxalicacid

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Fun activity #2 – beeswax candles! Had some fun making some candles with the kids from the beeswax we collected…still getting the hang of making wax sheets and the dyes will need some more tinkering with to get to the colors we want. These are rolled candles and once we get the other molds we’ll be able to have some pillars available.

Beeswax burns clean and doesn’t emit any chemicals found in most retail candles. It also smells wonderful to work with and when you hold it. Would be amazing if it also smelled like that when it burns but may experiment with adding some essential oils. More to come 🥰

#bees #honeybees #beeswax #beeswaxcandles #crafts

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Fun activity #1 – Making mead. Yes, mead! Super excited to get some (hopefully) nice tasting brew going and let’s see how it goes!

#bees #honeybees #honey #mead #beesofinstagram🐝

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Thrilled to get my new Oxalic Acid vaporizer from Lorrob Bees. Previously had the wand which was not efficient and needed a lot of equipment. Saw a lot of great feedback on this device and how fast it will be to now treat against varroa mites! More to come!

#bees #honeybees #nature #varroamites #beekeepersofinstagram

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Leaves starting to change and while I am not a fan of cold weather, it does make the landscape beautiful! Really grateful to have the bees around the corner from this serene and plentiful water source.

#bees #honeybees #nature #beekeepersofinstagram #sustainable

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Hunger impacts all species of insects this time of year as food sources have run dry. This massive bumble bee was doing its best to get access to some sugar syrup and wasn’t getting much luck.

#bee #bees #honeybee #honeybees #honey #rawhoney #nature #hives #savethebees #beesofinstagram #pollinators #beekeepinglife #laboroflove #apiculture #apismellifera #honeycomb #lailaapiary #apiary #beekeeper #sustainable #nature #supportlocal #supportsmallbusiness

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What an amazing organization and mission. Wanting to spread the word if you haven’t heard of it. I’ve signed up as a mentor but doesn’t seem like there are any mentees available in our area. If you know anyone who would benefit from this, please have them sign up or donate. @hivesforheroes

#bee #bees #honeybees #nectarflow #nectar #honey #hive #hives #savethebees #beesofinstagram #pollinators #beekeepinglife #laboroflove #apiculture #apismellifera #suburbanbeekeeping #lailaapiary #apiary #beekeeper #sustainable #nature #supportlocal #supportsmallbusiness #supportourveterans

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Things are not looking good for the river queen. Overall, the hive has about 5 solid frames of bees, 2 frames of brood, and a capped queen cell!! This is pretty much signals the end of this hive 🥺

Am going to give this hive until the end of the week where I will make one final inspection…maybe I missed the queen, maybe just wishful thinking. In the end, will have to take it to one of the other yards and combine it with another hive. May be the end of keeping full hives in my backyard 😔

#bee #bees #honeybees #nectarflow #nectar #honey #hive #hives #savethebees #beesofinstagram #pollinators #beekeepinglife #laboroflove #apiculture #apismellifera #suburbanbeekeeping #lailaapiary #apiary #beekeeper #sustainable #nature #supportlocal #supportsmallbusiness

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