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#1 Adam Nagy

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Posted 09 May 2009 - 09:39 PM

I wanted to share this with you guys a couple weeks ago but I'm glad I didn't because the weirdest thing happened just today. First let me rewind to less than a couple of weeks ago, the Monday before last, when I saw this on my swing:

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I called an old neighbor that grew up just outside of town who was also an old neighbor from where I grew up and a bee keeper. I learned some really cool stuff from him. He's been keeping bees for over 50 years:

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I found a small congregation of bees on the grass and sure enough the queen was in that bunch:

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I'm sure I don't have to tell you which one the queen is...

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We put the Queen in the box and the swarm marched themselves right into the box like it was nobodies business:

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Posted 09 May 2009 - 09:40 PM

Once I got comfortable I watched all the commotion up close and personal. I didn't get stung once but the guy who came and got them got stung once when he was first trying to pick up the queen

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Okay, so here is the really cool part. This happened again today! New swarm same swing. I looked out today and what did I see? ...well, another swarm of bees on the same swing less than two weeks later. The bee keeper even said that it was the weirdest thing he ever saw. Hardly ever the same place twice but never the same place within two weeks.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures. The experience and the knowledge of a man who has been handling bees for 50 years was a combination that an inquisitive guy, like myself, was thrilled to have.

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 03:01 AM

That’s interesting Adam. A story (with photos) to tell your grandchildren.

My father-in-law is a bee keeper. And although he’s only been doing so for ten or twelve years, he never ceases to be amazed by the interaction they have with each other. God gave these little buggers quite the communications system.

I was reading somewhere that they send out scouts to find pollen, and when these scouts return, they do a dance to communicate where the flowers are.

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 03:21 AM

Thats neat.I would of been afraid of africanized bees and would'nt go near them.

Bees showing up in the same place is'nt uncommon,though.They were likely attracted by a pheromone left behind by the queen.

A pheromone (from Greek φέρω phero "to bear" + ‘ορμόνη "hormone") is a chemical signal that triggers a natural response in another member of the same species. There are alarm pheromones, food trail pheromones, s@x pheromones, and many others that affect behavior or physiology. Their use among insects has been particularly well documented. In addition, some vertebrates and plants communicate by using pheromones.


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Fanning honeybee exposes Nasonov gland
(white-at tip of abdomen) releasing pheromone
to entice swarm into an empty hive.

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 09:41 PM

That’s interesting Adam. A story (with photos) to tell your grandchildren.

My father-in-law is a bee keeper. And although he’s only been doing so for ten or twelve years, he never ceases to be amazed by the interaction they have with each other. God gave these little buggers quite the communications system.

I was reading somewhere that they send out scouts to find pollen, and when these scouts return, they do a dance to communicate where the flowers are.

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Yeah, they are pre-programmed machines of the first rank, huh?

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 09:42 PM

Thats neat.I would of been afraid of africanized bees and would'nt go near them.

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I think we're to far north to worry about this much not to say africanized swarms aren't known to be in PA on occasion.

Bees showing up in the same place is'nt uncommon,though.They were likely attracted by a pheromone left behind by the queen.

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You know that makes sense, I wonder why my beekeeper friend didn't have that info at his disposal?

Thanks for the link, Jason.

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 11:02 AM

Jason777,

I think we can start to lean towards the confirmation that my swing smells attractive. Another swarm just showed up... ;)

Three swarms in two weeks on the same swing. :blink:

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 04:29 PM

Adam that is really coool... Only thing interesting like that happening around my house is we have a ton of squirrels. Which have nothing to do with bees.

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 05:02 PM

Adam that is really coool...  Only thing interesting like that happening around my house is we have a ton of squirrels.  Which have nothing to do with bees.

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There may be a correlation here; honey tastes good on toast and squirrels go good in a dumpling stew.

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 06:23 PM

:unsure: :lol: :angry:

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Posted 13 May 2009 - 09:25 PM

Can you believe it? The fourth swarm landed on my swing yesterday. I bought a new video Camera so I'm going to bore you guys with a little of my first footage gathering up these bees:

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 03:41 AM

There was a horrible disease among honeybees a couple of years back. Any sign that they're recovering is very welcome.

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 07:37 AM

There was a horrible disease among honeybees a couple of years back. Any sign that they're recovering is very welcome.

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Yeah, I was hearing about that just now. I hope and pray they are recovering well.

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 08:42 AM

It's a sign from God.He wants you to become a bee keeper. :lol:

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 09:30 AM

It's a sign from God.He wants you to become a bee keeper. :lol:

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It's funny you say that. First, I don't plan on becoming a bee keeper in the middle of my small town but my wife yesterday, said that we need to pressure wash the swing and I told her no way because God maybe trying to reveal something to us... ;)

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 02:54 PM

My Brother Sent me Psalm 118 and I see a clear correlation between what's going on in my life and this Psalm. Thanks, bro, if you're reading this.

Psalm 118

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.

2 Let Israel say:
    "His love endures forever."

3 Let the house of Aaron say:
    "His love endures forever."

4 Let those who fear the LORD say:
    "His love endures forever."

5 In my anguish I cried to the LORD,
    and he answered by setting me free.

6 The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid.
    What can man do to me?

7 The LORD is with me; he is my helper.
    I will look in triumph on my enemies.

8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD
    than to trust in man.

9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD
    than to trust in princes.

10 All the nations surrounded me,
    but in the name of the LORD I cut them off.

11 They surrounded me on every side,
    but in the name of the LORD I cut them off.

12 They swarmed around me like bees,
    but they died out as quickly as burning thorns;
    in the name of the LORD I cut them off.


13 I was pushed back and about to fall,
    but the LORD helped me.

14 The LORD is my strength and my song;
    he has become my salvation.

15 Shouts of joy and victory
    resound in the tents of the righteous:
    "The LORD's right hand has done mighty things!

16 The LORD's right hand is lifted high;
    the LORD's right hand has done mighty things!"

17 I will not die but live,
    and will proclaim what the LORD has done.

18 The LORD has chastened me severely,
    but he has not given me over to death.

19 Open for me the gates of righteousness;
    I will enter and give thanks to the LORD.

20 This is the gate of the LORD
    through which the righteous may enter.

21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
    you have become my salvation.

22 The stone the builders rejected
    has become the capstone;

23 the LORD has done this,
    and it is marvelous in our eyes.

24 This is the day the LORD has made;
    let us rejoice and be glad in it.

25 O LORD, save us;
    O LORD, grant us success.

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD.
    From the house of the LORD we bless you. [a]

27 The LORD is God,
    and he has made his light shine upon us.
    With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
    up [b] to the horns of the altar.

28 You are my God, and I will give you thanks;
    you are my God, and I will exalt you.

29 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.



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Posted 18 May 2009 - 06:13 PM

Now waspies are a different kettle of fish altogether, when I was little me and my cousin riled up a wasp nest, we were the Roundheads they were the Royalists, you never saw Roundheads run so fast, I got 6 stings, we ran into the outside lavatory and the window was as thick with wasps as your swing with bees. I have huge respect now for anything that has a sting in it's tail.

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Posted 18 May 2009 - 06:22 PM

Now waspies are a different kettle of fish altogether, when I was little me and my cousin riled up a wasp nest, we were the Roundheads they were the Royalists, you never saw Roundheads run so fast, I got 6 stings, we ran into the outside lavatory and the window was as thick with wasps as your swing with bees. I have huge respect now for anything that has a sting in it's tail.

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That doesn't sound like fun at all!

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Posted 20 May 2009 - 02:03 PM

Adam you STOLE them bees
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Article from The Southern Evening Echo-BEE RUSTLERS
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Hampshire bee-keepers are being stung by professional "bee rustlers" who are stealing hives to sell on the black market.
Theives have targeted FOUR farms across the county in the last month as a national shortage of honeybees drives up their value.
The bee community is abuzz with who might be behind the crime wave with some pointing the finger at fellow keepers. In the most recent heist six hives worth £1,800 were stolen from a commercial farm at Micheldever, north of Winchester. Hampshire police are investigating.

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Posted 20 May 2009 - 06:09 PM

That doesn't look good. ;)




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