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Thu Apr 19, 2012, 06:19 PM

I've had a very interesting conversation with my daughter today.

She told me earlier this afternoon that she had discovered a hornet's nest in a tree in her front yard. She was really surprised because she hadn't noticed it before, but there were so many hornets that when the sun hit it it just turned golden! I told her to hold on a minute before she called the exterminators and to contact the Farmers Coop instead. I thought she must have a swarm of honeybees.

Sure enough, they gave her the name and number of a beekeeper and she called him. He came over right away, sprayed them with a few squirts of water (to make them "tighten up" around the queen) and knocked most of them into a cardboard box. He poked a hole in the side of the box and left it under the tree so the rest of the bees would enter and he'll be back after dinner to collect them. She says they are just buzzing around and lining up to go in the opening like jetliners at a busy airport.

He told my daughter that they seemed to be a docile group of bees and he's happy to get them and see if they will form a colony. He also told her that the honeybees have had a tough few years, but they seem to be bouncing back a bit after the hive collapse problems they've had recently. He has promised to keep her informed of their progress. I told her she should drop a hint for a jar of fresh wildflower honey later this summer.

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Reply I've had a very interesting conversation with my daughter today. (Original post)
Arkansas Granny Apr 2012 OP
trof Apr 2012 #1
ohiosmith Apr 2012 #2
Arkansas Granny Apr 2012 #4
freshwest Apr 2012 #3
Arkansas Granny Apr 2012 #5
siligut Apr 2012 #6
Flaxbee Apr 2012 #7
lunatica Apr 2012 #8
BlancheSplanchnik Apr 2012 #9
jtuck004 Apr 2012 #10
CrispyQ Apr 2012 #11
Arkansas Granny Apr 2012 #12
abelenkpe Apr 2012 #13
Coyote_Bandit Apr 2012 #14
raccoon Apr 2012 #15
RiffRandell Apr 2012 #16
firehorse Apr 2012 #17
OriginalGeek Apr 2012 #18

Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 06:20 PM

1. Good on ya'!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 06:22 PM

2. Cool!

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Response to ohiosmith (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 06:38 PM

4. Isn't that neat? I've never seen a swarm myself, but I used to hear the

oldtimers talk about getting bee colonies that way in the spring.

The guy was surprised that she knew to contact a beekeeper so she had to tell him that her Mom was raised in the country and it was my suggestion. She's going to try to get me some pics.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 06:37 PM

3. Good for you, that's a service to all of us. We need those honeybees.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 06:38 PM

5. Yep. I don't know what an exterminator would have done with them.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 06:42 PM

6. Thank you for a positive story

Very interesting and uplifting.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 07:14 PM

7. Really neat story; thanks, Arkansas Granny! I'd be so happy if the honeybees really are recovering



She should receive more than just ONE jar of honey! I'd say she deserves several jars per year, ad infinitum!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 07:54 PM

8. I love this story

You taught me something. Thanks!! These are really good things to know.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 08:35 PM

9. Thank You this makes me happy!! n/t

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 08:36 PM

10. Monsanto called. They said they want pictures of the guy hitting bees with sticks.

 



Something about - "See, it's not our fault!"

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Seriously, however, you did a GOOD JOB! - saved the bees, educated the daughter, educated us a little. This would make a good little special on the local tv segment, educate a bunch more people about how important these are in their food.

Thank you.

After moving here we found a number of beekeepers, and their filtered honey is FAR superior to the heated up stuff in the store. I have my favorite, but I've tried several and have yet to find a bad one, and it has nearly replaced sugar here. And honey/bees are good ways to get into conversations about how we get our food.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 08:36 PM

11. What a wonderful story!

I would love to see that - the bees lined up to go into the box.

Sadly, there was another story today about Monsanto purchasing a company that does major research on bee colony collapse.

http://www.nationofchange.org/blamed-bee-collapse-monsanto-buys-leading-bee-research-firm-1334850010

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #11)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 08:48 PM

12. I read about that here. We're bound to get the facts now, huh?

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 08:53 PM

13. Great story!

I'm reading this while making peanut butter honey sammiches for my kids! Nice to hear the bees are bouncing back.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Apr 19, 2012, 08:59 PM

14. We kept bees

when I was a kid growing up on a farm in Arkansas.

I'm glad to hear the bees are making a comeback.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Apr 20, 2012, 07:06 AM

15. when I was a kid in lower SC, there were bee colonies living in the columns of the house we lived in


I don't know if they are still around or not.

Anyway, it's nice to know they are making a comeback.


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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Apr 20, 2012, 08:57 AM

16. Great story.

Thanks for sharing, and for saving the bees.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Apr 20, 2012, 09:56 AM

17. My new york city neighbor is a bee keeper. He keeps colonies on various roof tops.

I wouldn't mind a bee colony on our roof.... and I'm on the top floor.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Fri Apr 20, 2012, 10:47 AM

18. Man that is pretty darn cool

I so wish I could take pictures of it.

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