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    Re: Off the wagon

    Thanks OT. I too was amazed with the one I had but couldn't bring myself to "strike the blow" so to speak when it looked hopeless. My entrances are 5x.5 all year. I made the screen so there was one...
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    Re: Off the wagon

    One of the things that really affected me was the nuc that had been virtually dead from mites but recovered, which was inspirational to me at the time, was going down the toilet again, that was hard...
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    Re: Off the wagon

    As your tf hives dwindled, did you use any measures to prevent robbing? You mentioned Bond. I guess that gets into the nitty gritty of Bond. I got asked that question and my answer was yes. I used...
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    Re: Several Swarm Traps - Same Area - Deadlock?

    This is correct but there is an element of recruiting involved amongst the scouts. The length of time the dance and enthusiasm with which it is done. All scouts will visit other locations and...
  5. Re: Odfrank's Observations - Bees Inhabiting Potential Nesting Sites

    Think we will make that much the first year?
    I do not doubt it. Some of the stuff out there:) Hope to get a chance to use your trap out technique some day.
    Thanks
    Rick
  6. Re: Will the constant use of swarm cells for re-queening and making increases...

    That's true and part of Swarm behavior. Then the question becomes, "What stimulates or triggers that behavior? Is that resulting behavior inheritable? Seems back to the original question.:scratch: ...
  7. Re: Odfrank's Observations - Bees Inhabiting Potential Nesting Sites

    100% with ya. It's fun speculating though. Do you think Mossy Oak would allow a copy right infringement? " Mossy Oak Honey Bee Bait Box Additive." Bees like a natural carpet in their new home. LOL If...
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    My understanding is that environmental factors, stress, diet and the like can evoke a change. The Methylation is the result. I know those studying Epigenetics use the royal jelly diet and the...
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    Not by my standards that is , but perhaps it was to the bees.

    That's the ticket!!! Perhaps they were "grunge" bees LOL I got no problem with putting sticks, leaves, and a couple acorns in...
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    If the environmental stimulus that caused the the methylation is removed or not present, will the methylated structure revert or not be expressed. If the bees feed a larvae pass three days on a...
  11. Re: Odfrank's Observations - Bees Inhabiting Potential Nesting Sites

    I think Seeley came to the conclusion the bees chose the "best qualified" home amongst the choices. I had a swarm move into an empty double deep hive. That would be on the 80 liter side. 40 more than...
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    Re: Several Swarm Traps - Same Area - Deadlock?

    Based on my reading and understanding of Tom Seeleys work, yes. The Bees check out and "vote" on all the prospective new homes. It takes time. If the bait boxes all have the same chi, it can/may make...
  13. Re: What's the biggest mistake (s) you made starting out?

    Not starting out,,,,STILL DOING. I have a brain gas attack sometimes when it comes to attention to open frames of honey. It is like opening a bag of heroin in front of an addict.
    Just did...
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    Swarms, IMHO, are Nature's test of worthy to survive. In the wild, the odds are not in their favor. They leave with only the honey they bring with them. With that, they must select the perfect home....
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    Re: Earwigs eat SHB?

    Interesting observation. I have found "oodles" of them in my bait boxes. Me thinks they are attracted to the left over goodies in the dark comb that I use as attractant. Some sweets and pollen. SHB...
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    Re: DWV.....need advice please.

    Just something to think about,,,,,Your four new hives will be almost two months before you see new bees from a new queen. JMO
    Rick
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    Re: how and where to sell bee venom

    Pharmaceutical lab in Pa. makes bee serum for allergy shots. I've tried numerous times to contact them to be a collector and sell raw bee and wasps to them. No luck.
    Rick
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    Re: several swarms in one spot??

    I had a main swarm then two smaller softball sized swarms short distances from each other. After swarm with two small "break aways". Missed the big one but the two smalls both had virgin queens....
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    Re: What type of bee is this?

    What I'm looking for are four wings. Flies have two but have vestigial wings called Halteres. Look like pins with a head. Flies can be "hairy but not necessarily across the order. Tachinid flies are...
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    Re: What type of bee is this?

    Excellent example of cryptic coloration IMO :)
    Rick
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    Re: pre-swarm scouting?

    Nice,,,,,thanks
    Rick
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    Re: Swarm Trap Activity ??

    It is like fishing,,,,,:) patience. It takes some time and observation but you learn the bees' behavior differences. It is difficult to describe some of the slight differences, but once you see it,...
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    Re: Small lightgolden colored bees??

    Can't find a pic that matches. The descriptions I came across suggest they are a "variation" of Italian. Light colored with black tipped abdomen. Different to me:)
    Rick
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    Re: Small lightgolden colored bees??

    Thanks JC. No video posted. What I took isn't close enough to see well. Hopefully they will move in and I can post. Mean time I'll do some internet looking.
    Rick
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    Small lightgolden colored bees??

    I put a bait hive on property where a friend lives. Rural, with hay fields, small crops, old farm out buildings and the like. Checked the box yesterday. Very much being investigated. The majority of...
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