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Old September 30th, 2018, 01:11 PM
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I'm not a bee keeper too many bears around here. But I do have a garden and we see bees all over our garden daily. My question is are they wild? We live in the woods 15 to 25 miles from the nearest towns. The farms in our area are mostly potato farms. We do have one cranberry farm within 5 miles. Other than that I can't think of any farm that would use bees near us??? and I didn't think the potato growers used them?? I'm sure there are hobby keepers here and there. There seems to be different kinds of bees coming to our garden some look like typical honey bees some like little bumble bees, others look like tiny honey bees, and some more like a fly dressed as a bee than a honey bee. So just wondering who our little friends are? thanks Jay

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A lot of hard to answer questions, but i will try at a couple.
All honey look about the same and about the same size. Anything for different is probably so kind of wild bee and there are many.

Now this isn't a 5 or 10 minute thing. Watch the bees and when one is loaded up nectar, pollen it will fly kind of straight up and go straight to it's hive. By watching several you should get an idea of the general direction that the hive is,,,,,,,,, BUT there may be bees from more than one hive, so some may go one direction and other another direction.

Old-timers to me,,,,,,, I'm 71,,,,,,, said that was a way to locate bee trees, move in that direction and watch for bees going over head and direction they are going and listen for the buzzing of the hive when you got close. May take you a few days,,,,,,,,
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Thanks Sugarbush
Next year I'll look for the direction of the bees travel and see if I can track down a hive. and that leads me to one more question how far do they travel ? I had heard up to 5 miles? We had our killing freeze already here so the garden is done for the year. The loons are starting to group up on the lake now so winter is on the way. Fall colors are peak or 90% great..............beautiful time of the year. Thanks again Jay
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Usually about a mile. If plenty of flowers around half mile but as flowers get scare further
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Zucker , if it interest you google swarm trap for honey bees. Put out 2 or 3 next spring and see what happens. You might get lucky and get a swarm of freebees. They will travel 2 miles to forage and this time of year they are scrambling for all they can get in preparation for the cold months ahead.
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