knit a bee!

Hey there people :) I found this little bee on Deviantart.com there was a link to pattern, here it is http://possumsloveart.blogspot.com/2012/04/bee-pattern.html unfortunately there was no instructions on impoved wings but I think it would be easy to replicate them from the picture :) well I'm no kniter myself :P So if you make this bee I would like to see the pics :) 

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Bee hive?

How do I build a natural bee hive

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Bee Problem

Anyone Know How To Make A Liquid That Attracts Bees? Because I Use A Mixture Of Sugar Water & Flavoring And It Doesn't Work To Well So Can Anyone Help.

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Carrying bee hives full of bees. Answered

   Hi! I've got some bee hives. I have to change their place. Here, somebody told me that, I couldn't carry them direct to the place 50 metters far. They told,, if I have to carry, I only can carry them maximum 1 metter per day or, I have to carry them minimum 6 kms far, and atfer a day I can take them to the place where I want.    So, now, how I have to do this difficult work. Is there any else way?       I need this information as soon as possible please. Thank you very much.    Devrimm

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what businesses have swarm list i can get on?

I am trying to start beekeeping but i need bees i now about the police department as one source but where else can i get my name out there?

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Lets save the Bees. Things YOU can do!

Bee habitat is not just flowers, it is also brood space and shelter. Most bees are not honey bees or bumble bees, they are little solitary bees  and they do a lot of polination. We need to provide them with lots of brood space and overnight shelter too!  And modern garden practice is simply not doing it. First of all, I am not a bee racist. I am trying to help all the bee species.  I find that there is a succession of different bee species through the year. And they use different size holes .   In fact they don't just lay eggs in these holes, they shelter in them too. I did not know this..  This year I also discovered that they burrow into the pith in old raspberry stems and in grape vines! So if you compost your old raspberry canes,  you are probably composting bee babies  too. Dave from Camas, Washington has been bundling teasel stems for several years for orchard mason bees.   You could do the same with raspberry canes!? http://www.permies.com/permaculture-forums/520_0/critter-care/orachard-mason-bees I found this a week ago after I had started my project.  I make holes in cop blocks for the bees. I have also started layering plant stems At least 4 bee species are using the first cob bee blocks for brood or shelter.  I have some pictures at the link below.  Hopefully you can see the captions too. Brian https://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=246092&id;=736625766&l;=26546198d6 I am too Lazy to post an instructable right now and I am still learning the cob bee house thing.

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FYIs for the DIYers - Instructables in the Sacramento Bee

Instructables and cuteaznprincesss got a nice write-up in the Sacramento Bee's story FYIs for the DIYers. Deborah Lee was a senior at the University of California, Davis, when she sewed a little monster doll and took photos to show friends how she did it.She was going to use her brother-in-law's online photo album Web site --Mixbook.com -- when he asked whether she'd heard of Instructables.She became hooked.More news and press about Instructables here.

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Honey Bee Hive Box Joints Template

Do any of you woodworking wizards or experts know how to make a box joint template. I need to replace many of my Honey Bee Hive Supers (boxes) due to Bears, time & weather. The wood is pine and about seven-eighths thick , five and three quarters tall or high, twenty inches long for the front and back, the sides are sixteen and one quarter long by five and three quarters tall or high. This forms a box that holds ten extracting frames for the honey in combs. It weighs forty pounds when full of honey comb wax and honey. I like this size because it doesn't brake your back like the standard one that weigh in at eighty pounds when full! Although I use both sizes. Any ideas how to make this template will be deeply appreciated. I also have a multiple dado blade setup, so I can cut a pretty wide dado at one pass on the table saw. Thanks. Triumphman.

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Does any body recognise this insect? Answered

It was in my friend's kitchen. We thought that it was a beetle but it it appears furry and almost like a bee under the carapace. I can't seem to find any images of this. It seemed a bit poorly so I couldn't examine it too much; I put it on some flowers outside. The last picture is from my google search for " furry beetle".

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Resident Beehives, indoor bees?

I was watching an episode of "how it's made", they were covering commercial tomato's.  The plants were grown in a large building and the plants were pollinated by a in house beehive.  The hive was kept separate from the plants, but the bee's had access through some tubing and a hole in the wall.  Everything I've read suggests that having bee's pollinate your indoor plants is a bad idea.  I'm pretty sure most of these comments are coming from hobbyists, but the claim is that the bees get lost indoors and usually die as a result.  Can anyone enlighten me on the subject?

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search dropdown menu has code in it

When I go to https://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/keyword-Maker/ and type something in the search thing the drop down menu has stuff like <> <>

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WANTED: Bluetooth Bee to Unlock car (or anything for that matter)

I have an Arduino uno, A  relay shield with both 4 onboard relays and an Xbee socket with a Bluetooth Bee plugged in. I need the code to: What I want is to be a able to pair my phone with the Arduino, and after that whenever it detects my phone (or whatever, just a device that has been paired previously) it will do 2 things. 1 is send a low voltage, low amperage momentary ground via relay 1, and 2 send the same via relay 2 to another device (this one would be 12v) Now when it becomes Unpaired it will wait a variable amount of time (Say 20 seconds) and then send another low voltage low amperage ground pulse via relay 3, and repeat the 12V ground pulse via relay 2 again. After that it will repeat the process from the beginning.  Im willing to Pay a Modest fee for this, and afterwards Im going to make an Instructable for anyone wanting to do the same..... and the code will be made freely available for all. Thank you for your consideration. wbarfels@gmail.com

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How can I stop spiders and bees from nesting in my shed?

I have a shed outside and it is full of spider eggs and bee nests, any ideas on how to deter them? 

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does anyone know any type of mods for a yellow bee rc plane?

Im trying to moddify my rc plane "yellow bee", and i was wondering if anyone has figured out any types of mods that they have tryed and how they went

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Need help! Arduino + Bluetooth bee + Relay shield with Bee socket = keyless enty for your car (or whatever)

I have an Arduino uno, A  relay shield with both 4 onboard relays and an Xbee socket with a Bluetooth Bee plugged in. I need the code to: What I want is to be a able to pair my phone with the Arduino, and after that whenever it detects my phone (or whatever, just a device that has been paired previously) it will do 2 things. 1 is send a low voltage, low amperage momentary ground via relay 1, and 2 send the same via relay 2 to another device (this one would be 12v) Now when it becomes Unpaired it will wait a variable amount of time (Say 20 seconds) and then send another low voltage low amperage ground pulse via relay 3, and repeat the 12V ground pulse via relay 2 again. After that it will repeat the process from the beginning. Im willing to Pay a Modest fee for this, and afterwards Im going to make an Instructable for anyone wanting to do the same..... and the code will be made freely available for all. Thank you for your consideration. wbarfels@gmail.com

Topic by wbarfels 



Natural Elimination/Move of Bees in House Walls

Hi to All -  I have a problem with an old farm house that has some sort of opening into which a bee colony has called home as well. I am really not wanting to simply kill the hive, as I know of the importance of bees, but I can't have them stay much longer as the colony/hive is growing in size. Does anyone have any ideas on how to try to "encourage" the hive to move out without being destructive?

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buzz bee rapid fire rifle shell catcher

Well I got the buzz bee rfr(rapid fire rifle) and i found it to be OK. i still haven't moded it(not very many good mods). i always hated going to find and losing the shells, so i have a shell catcher out of duck tape and cardboard(got to love it!).it works really well(the only problem is the gun it self jamming but that has nothing to do with the shell catcher. so, what do you think? do you want instructions(yes i know kitemans law but i really don't feel like making the Instructable unless i know some body is going to use it)?

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look at this bee necklace WHO CAN MAKE IT

As the title said, it's from MCQ, my brother want to make one to send to his g friend. How can he make it? (metal is difficult to control, oher materials may be better I think)

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Bee-Bot/Cluster-Bot/Zombie-Bot

I remember seeing a bot (a group of bots) on TechTV many years ago (had to have been... hell how many of you still even remember that great channel) where all the master would have to do is give the first bot directions, and it would just go near the other one (IR or RF) and it would pass on the message. All he did was give one bot the midi file for the star wars theme... and the bots organized themselfs to play the song with different notes divided out. He could basically tell them any command and they would work as a team to figure it out. I don't remember what it was called... they WERE cluster bots... but I thought he called it something like bee-bots or something... I call them zombie bots, because you "infect" one and it spreads it.... They couldn't be THAT hard or THAT expensive to make, after you have the basics down... Does anyone else know what I am talking about? Has anyone developed something like theses?

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I got stung by a wasp...And Now by a bee...

UPDATE:'ll be darned if i get stung again, And yes, I just did, This time by a bee, I think...I got Stung in the EXACT same spot AGAIN!I'm here again, sitting in bed, in pain, Stupid bee...Yesterday, Sunday, I got stung by a wasp, I was walking in our back yard, We have plants there, and I suddenly felt something on my foot, I thought it was a bee, But it hurt to suddenly and badly that it was probably a wasp, we have wasps all over the place, Now i got stung...I slept Horrible last night, In pain all night long, My foot is now all swollen, And it hurts to walk, I can't go anywhere now, Or do anything, Now i am in bed, Doing nothing, With my Laptop, I hope things get better, Has anyone here had experience with wasp stings?I think the wasp i got stung with was a yellow jacket, I remember just freaking out and trowing whatever was on my foot off...Stupid wasp

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Do you have any experience with using PURE beeswax as a wood finish?

I recently saw some really cheap pure beeswax on eBay, and was wondering if anyone has ever tried using purely it as a wood finish (without adding anything else). Has anyone tried it? Does it work well?

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Whats the best place for a beehive? Answered

Hi all, Question is, where is the best place to put a beehive in my backgarden. The layout is simple: Backof my house is 5.5Meters wide and to the back of the garden its 12Meters long. I have a small shed in the back of the garden and behind that are the parkingspaces for cars. The parkinglot is about 20Meters in deep towards the next garden en the width is about 60meters. There are no trees pressent, only some low bushes and a lot of flower patches all over the place. Can somebody enlighten me with some info on this subject? I want to make my own honey in the near future, i had some lessons about keeping bees a long long time ago and never did anything with it. So now i've got a house with a nice little garden and i thought, HEY, why not ;-) Thnx!

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Bee sting thearapy - a natural alternative to classic medication?

A lot of medications we use originally came directly from nature.Like chewing on some inner bark from a beech tree - it contains natural "asperin".And even potent medicine started by sourcing the natural stuff until we managed to created it all in the lab.Poisons from plants and animals are in many cases still the backbone of modern medicine - including opiates like morphine.It is then no real surprise that the long forgotten bee sting therapy makes a big comeback these days.Forgotten only in the mordern, western world - in Asia it was and still is part of the normal medical approach for many people.So what is it all about and how does it actually work?A little bee gives her life so you get treatment....And if we trust modern medicine from just under 10 years ago this is where the story would end.Thankfully we did not stop there once more and more people spread the word about the benefits of their treatment.Social media helped a lot here for once.Be it inflammatory deseases, nerve pain, arthritis and much more - you are certain to find people providing evidence that their condition improved noticable.In some case they even claim to be cured from their problems.What they all have in common though is that they all started like you and me: Fully of scepticism...With nothing to loose and no doctor giving you any real relief you might get desperate to try all sorts of weird things, so why not bees!?So far a bee sting therapist is just your normal bee keeper, but one with a passion for both the bees and your suffering.There is neither a need for doctor nor a need for a doctor to start as a bee keeper.Their knowledge of where to place the bee on you comes mostly from feedback and experience.Although a lot if quite obvious.Like when you have sever pain from arthitis in your elbow then that is the area were get stung and not in your leg ;)Sience is starting to take all this serious now and some studies try to figure out how and what actually is in the poison that helps better than any medicine and without any noteworthy side effects.I say notewroth because the obvious risk of a shock reaction is always there.But even you never got stung by a bee before and don't know if you are allergic: All bee sting therapists have an epi pen at hand for those unknown cases.Evidence shows the bee venom has good anti inflamatory properties, however what component is responsible for this is still largly unknown.Patient obvervations and tons of blood tests also revealed that the continued bee sting therapy attack the bodies systems in a very positive way.The immune system goes into to overdrive but what targets the poision or venom also targets and attacks a lot of related things that out of level or control otherwise.The body also produces endorphines and a generally stronger immune reaction to other things.Again, evidence is there, the lab proves it, but why and what exactly is still a huge mystery to science.And it flies anayway!You might know the old problem of aeronautic students when the task comes why or how a bumblebee is able to fly.Physics tell us the wings are too small, the body too fat and the overall weight just impossible.Sadly no bumblebee has even the slightest clue about physics or even earonatutical desgin, so it just flies off and does whatever a bumblebee needs to do these days....The story for the bee sting therapy is quite similar.We know it works for many things, we know it shouldn't and that it does it anyway.But does that mean you should try it out to end you pain or at least get some relief?Do be stung or not to be stung - that is the question...Unless you are allergic you have nothing to loose here once you think about it.So you, like so many before, might just start some internet search to find out more.And if it happens to be something other people already reported the treatment was beneficial your doubts might fade away and you dare to try it.Some of the stories you find are just a hype with things those who posted can never prove.So don't fall something exotic and expect that it will work for you just because you found a single article or posting saying so.Not because it might not work!Just because nothing is worse than getting your hopes and expectations up with nothing happening at all.Either way the cases of relief right away are few, in almost all cases it takes several rounds of therapy before the patient notices anything that couldn't come from simply hoping it works.Once it does though the effects are usually great.For mayn it is last ditch attempt but it does not have to be that way.Pain killers and other drugs might help you good enough and you wouldn't consider killing a bee for a test....Why not?Again: You have nothing to loose ;)Medication is good, nature is better!If ever switched from some expensive medicine to a generic brand than chance are you noticed they work differently or in some case not enough or with worse side effects.The same is true for the basic, natural product.We can, for example create the raspberry ketone in the lab and we know it the stuff giving us the nice raspberry smell.But the artificial produt has suprisingly little smell and even less taste than the original...Like all natural venoms, posion and toxins, bee stings give you a cocktail of ingredients.The artificial product only what was identified to be the most beneficial.Science has shown over and over again that a lot of these cocktails contain things that prevent the negative effects of the artificial counterpart.Does not mean though anyone ever bothered to include these in the recipe for the created meds..."What does not kill you makes you stronger!"We use this phrase for a lot of things but in terms of natural healing ways it is often more ture than for anything else.Bee keepers use protection but you won't find any who does not get stung on a more or less daily base.They don't bother with the little pain anymore and most might even tell you that apart from the initial sting they don't really feel it anymore.What is even more interesting is if you have a chat with them about the general health.It is hard to find any bee keeper that suffers regulary from a cold or flu, let alone infections.Back before we had things like penicilling or anesthetics we had much more people knowing what nature can offer to help us.Pharma companies are exploiding nature wherever they can to make money with "new" medicines and "discovieries".Bee keepers won't ;)They won't even charge you much, some are already happy if you buy a pot of honey or wax candles while being treated.But as said, it is neither a miracle, nor something anyone "must" try out!Never expect any, especially quick, benefit!You deserve to be sceptic and only get your hopes up once or better if you see a real benefit over time.Just have a look at your daily dose of medications and how much it helps you - including the side effects.If you say that enough is enough then do your own bit of research first.Try to find people with your condition that got help from bee sting therapy, at least their online presence or testimonials.In case all adds up good and positive you can cosider to try it yourself without expecting anything.And, well, if does help you too then fel free to spread the word...

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Will leaving a rhombus clearer board on for more than 12 hrs lead to the super filling up again?

Hi , I have placed a rhombus clearer board above the super, yesterday. After inspecting It today I have found that the super was nearly empty , with about 40 bees remaining. Thinking the best , I decided to leave it on , but have now read that if you leave it on for more than 12 hours the bees with work out how to get in again. Should i take it off now or in the morning? (its 16:53 GMT  now) . I apologise for my incompetence , I am pretty new at this ^^ any answers would be appreciated.

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what's the best way to extract honey from natural comb?

I have a hive of bees in my yard, that moved into an old cabinet, and i do not try to force them into brood boxes, because they are Really well established. but i still want to be able to get some honey from them once in awhile. what is the best method for extracting honey from natural comb?

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Free running

I would like to see some instructables on parkour and free running as it is a fast growing sport and very good for you.

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how to control 3 little motors? Answered

I want to be able to control two 3 volt motors and a small servo. motor bee looks great (http://www.pc-control.co.uk/motorbee_info.htm) exactly what I want except it wont let you transfer the program to the board, a computer always has to be attached. Does anyone know of a board & software thats this easy, but will allow you to transfer it to the board so that it will run on its own, or how to make the motor bee run without a pc.

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Online Earning

Does instructables pay the teachers for teaching or it's free teaching ?????

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Free running

I would like to see some instructables on parkour and free running as it is a fast growing sport and very good for you.

Topic by The Fallen Bumble Bee   |  last reply


Whoa ! I signed in and thought the forums had been eliminated...

Took me a good 5-6 minutes to find them again.  Is this on purpose? 

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I need an air moisture meter and possibly a thermometer in one.

Good day,I am trying to find a moisture and temperature meter (possibly in one). It will be a used in a beehive. During the winter the bees cluster together to keep warm. Warm air rises up and gets in contact with the cold ceiling. It cools off and releases moisture. The water then starts dripping down and creates a mess of wet bees and mold. Opening the hive during the winter is not recommended till temperatures get back over 40F. Proper ventilation is possible to achieve through the design of the beehive but i would like to know the level of moisture and temperature if i was to just walk next to the beehive. I have seen a few instructibles about moisture meters but they are geared more toward soil moisture. I need it for the air. The system could be powered by a rechargeable battery and a solar panel - i can take care of that myself. Thanks.

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How to dance like Michael Jackson and/or usher.

I would like to see an instructable instructing me how to dance like michael jackson or usher!

Topic by The Fallen Bumble Bee   |  last reply


What would bee a goodd rc 2.4ghz system to use with arduino?

I am looking to buy a 2.4ghz 6channel rc system to go with my arduino.  I need one that I can program what the channels do and I need to be able to program what state the rc reciver reverts back to after loosing signal. I am on a limited budget ($100-NZD $80-USD) and need it to be able to control all sizes of robots. I would like it tto be as cheap as possiable andd will buy second hand (so please tell me if you see one or are looking to sell). I have a book called "arduino robotics".and the ones they recomend are the. I will get this one if I can program the channels it goes back to after loosing conection (its cheaper) or and this one i think it is programable but i am not sure. and the reciver for that one. does anyonne have sugestions?

Question by David97 


Datura

My datura has been flowering for about a month now, and it seems all the insects in the world have figured it out. It gets swarmed by moths, bees, flies, etc. every night now, so I ran out with my camera and caught some pics of the bees going crazah! The flowers bloom only at night and fade the following morning.  The fragrance is very strong and lovely, but the plant is DANGEROUS!  Native American people used the plant ritualistically to induce hallucinations, but consuming the plant can kill you.  Some people will develop contact dermatitis just from touching the soft, velvety leaves.  Despite its showy blooms and large leaves, the plant is drought tolerant and can take a lot of heat and sun.  It will self-sow readily, and I'm expecting a lot of seeds just gauging from how many blooms (and seed pods) I've had.  My plants are HUGE, and I never would have expected them to get so big so fast from little 4" pots.

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Stop critters from eating sunflowers - Citizen Science Contest

The SciStarter Citizen Science Contest is live! This is your opportunity to help millions of citizen scientists contribute to real scientific discovery. Make their experiences better by coming up with solutions to some real annoyances that hinder their participation. To get you started, here is a specific--and very real--challenge sent to us by project organizers. STOP CRITTERS FROM EATING SUNFLOWERS Background: The Great Sunflower Project uses data collected by citizen scientists to create an online map of bee populations. Participants grow sunflowers, observe how many bees visit those flowers, and then submit their observations. The Problem: Critters, like mice and birds, often eat the sunflower seedlings before the bees are able to visit. As a result, some volunteers are unable to collect and submit data. The Challenge: Create a safe, simple way to ensure the sunflowers are protected from critters and reach maturation. Enter now! Contest closes January 21, 2013

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INSTRUCTABLE COMMUNITY! see if one of your instructables can help someone in a developing nation. Building for a good cause!

I saw this website called honeybee, Anyone who likes to solve problems using everyday things or inventing new things. Check this out This is a list of problems people have in developing nations they need help building constructing and recycling tools and machines to help them in there everyday lives, I have read them and i think the inscrutable community could really help there cause. take a look see if you made something that they need. http://www.sristi.org/hbnew/seeking_solution.php video about it http://www.ted.com/talks/anil_gupta_india_s_hidden_hotbeds_of_invention.html here's there about us   WHO ARE WE? Honey Bee Network is a crucible of like-minded individuals, innovators, farmers, scholars, academicians, policy makers, entrepreneurs and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). A Network having presence in more than seventy five countries, what has made Honey Bee Network tight knit and efficiently functional is its philosophy. Honey Bee signifies a philosophy of discourse, which is authentic, accountable and fair. The Network has been woven around three basic ideals. The Network believes that a knowledge system in order to become sustainable has to be both just and fair. Hence, while collecting knowledge from the knowledge holder, the Network has made it a norm to acknowledge the knowledge provider with name and reference, if otherwise not desired by the knowledge provider. This particular practice has come handy in protecting the IPR of the knowledge provider. In the second place, the source of knowledge i.e. in the case of Honey Bee Network, the traditional knowledge holders and grassroots innovators must be acknowledged, if otherwise desired so by the knowledge holders themselves. Finally, any proceed that accrues from the value addition of local traditional knowledge and innovation; a fair and reasonable share must go back to the knowledge holders. These have been the guiding principles of the Network, which are fundamental to the functioning of the network and constitute the major non-negotiable for the Network. WHAT ARE WE DOING? Over the last sixteen years or so, the Honey Bee Network has lived the very spirit of the philosophy that it holds so dearly. Moreover, the actions that have followed the philosophy have grown and matured over a period of time and their trajectory of maturation has been based upon the strong realization of the essence of the philosophy. ‘Honey Bee’ Newsletter, the creative mouthpiece of the network, is published in seven Indian languages (Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam and Oriya) other than English. The very logic tells that any documentation and dissemination of local and traditional knowledge and innovations in English, certainly connects us globally but alienates locally. Living out the concern, the regional language versions reach out to the thousands grassroots knowledge holders, who otherwise would have been alienated from the benefits of knowledge, they themselves contribute in the first place. Acknowledging the very source of the traditional knowledge, the Honey Bee Newsletter and its regional versions carry stories of the local ingenuity with the consent of the knowledge holder. Another source of acknowledging the local genius has been preparing the database of the traditional knowledge and grassroots innovations and Honey Bee Network, over the last twenty years has documented more than 1,00,000 ideas, innovations and traditional knowledge practices. Honey Bee, true to its metaphor, has been the source of pollination and cross-pollination of ideas, creativity and grassroots genius, without taking away the nectar from the flower for ever.

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can anyone help me with building a top bar hive with pallets? Answered

I already have wood glue and i want it to be a kenya top bar hive thanks

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Could i use beeswax for surf wax?

Ive seen lots or surf wax recipys online, and it say beeswax and coconut oil. but could i just use bees wax or will it be useless?

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I have this really weird bug and I cant figure out what it is.? Answered

Does anyone know what this is. It flaps its wings like a humming bird and its a bit bigger than a bee. It is also very fuzzy.

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how do i make a go kart?

I am also 14 years old and i really need to know how to make an awesome go kart without an engine but will bee really cool. plus i dont have any money to spend on parts!

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Automatic Insect Painting/Gluing Device for Scientists? Answered

Scientists studying small insects need ways to assign a unique ID to each bug. Two of the most common methods they use are A) manually painting small color patterns onto the thorax (and sometimes head and abdomen) of the insect, and B) gluing a small tag(number, qr code, RFID chip) to the thorax. These techniques are very effective, but SUPER TIME CONSUMING. It can take a trained student about 5 minutes to paint each ant or bee (and they need to paint thousands). I want to help them out by decreasing the amount of man power needed to give a unique ID to each insect. My thoughts were to make a device where an insect could walk into a tube of designated size (exact bee space at the entrance of a bee hive for instance), have its presence sensed, maybe prevent it's forward or backward motion for a short while,  and have a device that attaches a tag or paints a unique pattern onto the insect. You can see some of my initial thoughts in the scanned picture below. HIGH RES HERE My question is about good places to start in building this contraption, or if anyone has good or simple . The thresholds are quite small for the insects (bees are maybe 1/8-1/4 inch wide), and we need to be exact where we attach the tag so as not to hurt the poor critters or alter their behavior. I am handy with an arduino and simple servos and can incorporate computer vision from an android phone into the mix with the ADK First elaborate or super cool response gets gifted a 3 month pro membership! (that lovely ant pic used as an example is by amazing photographer Alex Wild, the other is when you google "honeybee RFID")

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Java 101?

Is there a simple way to learn how to post my instructable?  I used the simple set up and want to have more (pages, fancy lines, etc.)  Is there a template I can use?  I'll bee Thanks, Gracias, Xie Xie!

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I have an Itronix T 3500 hand held computer that has never been used. anyone know how to make it work??

It boots up and gives me an error message. is there anyone out there that knows how to make these work? Itronix has bee sold several times since these came out

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Minor flood - Check your overflows ! ! !

   Just had a minor disaster here - Water dribbling through from the roof into the airing cupboard because the float valve on the hot water tank had stuck and the overflow pipe to the outside was blocked.  Rapid turning on of hot tap and leaning suicidally out of the window with a length of stiff copper wire to unblock the pipe averted a worse situation. The overflow appeared to be blocked with mud, and this is not the first time it happened.  Some years ago this happened in daylight and I could see the pipe was also full of mud and small pieces of stick.  I suspect that some insect - possibly a bee - had been nesting there.  Order of the day tomorrow is to put a one-way flap type arrangement over the overflow to stop it happening again. But this has also reminded me it's time to make some safer accommodation for bees, ladybirds etc for overwintering.  I'll be knocking up something like THIS tomorrow and maybe they'll leave my plumbing alone!

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Where can I get an old blank wax sealing stamp carved?

I want to buy a nice old blank wax seal and have my own image (bee) engraved. Do you know where I can get that done? http://cgi.ebay.com/SMALL-GEORGIAN-GOLD-CITRINE-BELL-SHAPE-FOB-SEAL-CHARM_W0QQitemZ140372644960QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Jewellery_Watches_VintageFineJewellery_CA?hash=item20aedc9460

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