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Old 10-16-2016, 06:15 AM
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The bees and other pollinators have plenty to eat around here. There must be something included in that food that is killing them and it has to be coming from farm agricultural products which are mostly dairy cow feed. All the corn is now GMO altered and called roundup ready. Good for the farmers but bad for the bees.
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Old 10-16-2016, 06:35 AM
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"I've also wanted to get into bees. But don't know where to begin.
-Jake "

Since you list two states you will have to figure out where you live. Contact the state club to find one near you to join and learn. Indiana has a state bee keepers class listed.


http://indianabeekeeper.com/




http://www.pastatebeekeepers.org/




Join this forum it is a good one and a place to start learning.


http://www.worldwidebeekeeping.com/forum/index.php


Scroll down to getting started.




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Old 10-16-2016, 06:50 AM
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Originally Posted by alleyyooper View Post
"I've also wanted to get into bees. But don't know where to begin.
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Since you list two states you will have to figure out where you live. ....
Good one, Yooper!
He lives in Indiana, PA. Not both. Cheers!
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Old 10-16-2016, 04:22 PM
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I've always been a little confused AY. Thank you for the links.
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Old 10-17-2016, 03:50 AM
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As I said we plant Milkweeds we also plant swamp Milkweeds the bees make some great tasting honey from the flowers of both. Monarch butterfly's lay their eggs on the leaves where they hatch into the larva (catipellers) stage then go into the cocoon to hatch as a butterfly.


Swamp Milkweed with Larva.





Swamp Milkweed seed pods & larva.













Protect that larva from birds, I throw a fruit anti bird net over them till they go in the cocoon. start looking for them late July thru August.
Good places to spread Milkweed seed is ditches and around pond/swamp edges abandoned fields.


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Old 10-17-2016, 08:37 AM
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I can remember as a kid searching out and collecting one caterpillar and keeping it for the winter to watch it hatch in the spring.

On a side note, one of the couples I run into regularly over the years at the brewery, was/is a master bee keeper. He's winding it down now to only a few hives. I found out because a guy came up to ask a question regarding his bees. We got to talking I asked what was the most rewarding thing out of his years of keeping bees. He said it was the education part of it. He routinely would put on presentations and such for the public especially the kids on field trips.
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