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    John - it depends on how much time and effort as well as cost you want to bear. I want to have a similar pollinator field when I retire and my goal would be all dandelions - a bee favorite, no maintenance and the sea of yellow would tick off any HOA neighbors. But any "field of many colors" through annual/perennial wildflower plantings is a benefit. No single crop nor just the 1/2 acre will sustain the bees but certainly a help. The Xerces Society is a great place to start and they have some seed resources. Other seed companies offer pollinator packages if you have the ability to prep your 1/2 acre lot.
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    Hello Matt. I've left you a voice message. Feel free to call back whenever you'd like. Dan
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    I agree. Packages are the way to go with top-bar hives. Also if you want local genetics, you can always replace the queen that comes in the package with a local queen when you install or at a later date.
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    December 2020 LBA Holiday Party VIRTUAL Member Meeting. Zoom link, sent by email, will follow. We regret to announce that an in person Holiday Party will not be possible this year. Let's keep the positive energy flowing for a summer celebration in 2021! Speaker: Kirsten Traynor, PhD Topic: "How to Stop the Unstoppable Swarm!". Something we can all relate to, this should be an exciting presentation! Meeting Location: VIRTUAL (details below) We will be using Zoom for this virtual meeting. If you have not used Zoom before, we strongly encourage you to download the Zoom app ahead of time by visiting the Zoom Download Center: https://zoom.us/download. If you click on the meeting link below and do not have Zoom installed, you will be prompted to install it (please allow extra time before the meeting if you need to install the Zoom app). For more information on joining a Zoom meeting OR to try Zoom out by joining a Test Meeting, please visit this page: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting. (Zoom link and login instructions will be posted later in November) Hope to see you there! Mike Mike Kropotkin Vice President, Loudoun Beekeepers Association (LBA) Email: Mike.Kropotkin@loudounbee.org
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    Certainly a capped queen cell is not something that you want to find at this time of year. I have two colonies that swarmed about 4 weeks ago. One has requeened, the other, it isn't clear but I think they haven't. I am concerned about the second. At this time of year if it were my colony I would want to take action to prevent swarming or the change of a queen. To have a queen get successfully mated this late in the season is very iffy. If I spotted a capped queen cell and the old queen, I would cage the existing queen and then cull the queen cell(s). After a week I would check to ensure the colony hadn't started a new queen cell. If they had not, I would release the queen, if they had, I would keep her caged and wait another week. If I couldn't find the queen to cage her, I would let nature take it's course and not cull the queen cell(s).
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    Bob Ragsdale helped us with a honey bee swarm on short notice. I gave him a call and he was at our house in 30 minutes! He was very helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable. He didn't charge us...or accept money. He said the bees were thanks enough. It is rare you run in to such a friendly, kind person. Bob is a class act!