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    Demise of the Queen

    After an inspection of my one backyard hive I chanced to look at the entrance and saw the queen, prostrate and apparently lifeless, surrounded by about a dozen workers. They didn't appear to be...
  2. Re: Beekeeper Certification Hillsborough County FL

    This is the email that I sent to Tom Hiznay of the Hillsborough County Planning and Growth Management Department:

    Tom:

    Thank you so much for sending the proposed ordinance.

    Over a year ago...
  3. Re: Beekeeper Certification Hillsborough County FL

    Americasbeekeeper, I'm not sure why you've avoided the questions about the objectives of the program. Don't you think it's important, as you're designing the cert/test, to know exactly what it's...
  4. Re: Beekeeper Certification Hillsborough County FL

    If the County has identified a clear objective and public interest to be served by the certification, that should be used to select the questions. Have they done so and communicated it to you? If...
  5. Re: Beekeeper Certification Hillsborough County FL

    By supporting their proposal to certify we're reinforcing the misperception that honeybees pose a menace to neighbors. If we don't stand against that misperception, who will?
  6. Re: Beekeeper Certification Hillsborough County FL

    Sorry, there's just not enough there to warrant a 50 question test and a one-on-one practicum with every Hillsborough County urban beekeeper. Good luck, but the program is misplaced. It's a bone...
  7. Re: Beekeeper Certification Hillsborough County FL

    AmericasBeekeeper isn't proposing this. The County is relaxing the Land Development Code to allow urban beekeeping. As a bone to objectors, the Commission is PROPOSING to test and certify urban...
  8. Re: Beekeeper Certification Hillsborough County FL

    Not criticizing AmericasBeekeeper. I've attended his seminars at USF and have the highest regard for him.

    I would like for someone to make a good, clear argument that this county certification...
  9. Re: Beekeeper Certification Hillsborough County FL

    I would hope that anyone communicating with the commissioners or staff would ask what public interest this requirement is protecting or serving. My suspicion is that the education/certification...
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    Re: Dead hive... wax moths, what to do

    Do you have any knowledge of the successful use of fire ants to clean up the infestation?
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    Re: honey fight?

    Disclaimer: I'm a newb and have little experience with this. That having been said, I've read that this practice can attract and encourage robber bees. It would seem that robber bees might well be...
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    Re: Trespassing and Killing Bees

    Right. Diazinon was phased out for residential uses.
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    Re: Trespassing and Killing Bees

    Orthene, Diazinon, Lindane, Malathion, Orthenix. I'm sure there are others.
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    Re: Trespassing and Killing Bees

    If I were to find thousands of bees on the ground around my backyard hive I think my first thought would be that they had run afoul of someone's pesticide application while foraging. In fact, in...
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    Re: Defensive Bees: Requeen?

    Thanks again for all the helpful replies, folks. As I said in my original post "the bees were much more defensive than they have been." It was more than a single sting, though I didn't go into detail...
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    Re: Defensive Bees: Requeen?

    Thanks for the helpful comments.
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    Defensive Bees: Requeen?

    I'm a backyard beek with one hive. I went to inspect this morning. 9 am, box still in the shade. I smoked the entry lightly and lifted the top to lightly smoke it but didn't get the chance. Stung...
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    Re: My next child may get named Charlie P

    On homebrewtalk.com there is a recent, quite involved thread dealing with home brewing flavorful N/A beers. The original poster on the thread is Revvy. You might go there and message him. He's...
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    Re: Repeated Nose Stings

    I have been convinced since 1966 that our bodies have triggers or targets that connect somehow to bees. In 1966 at the age of ten I was stung twice within ten minutes by two separate bees an inch...
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    Re: Bee Photography

    It is a great shot. But to say that a single lens reflex camera is useless for macro work? C'mon.

    Nice capture.
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    Re: Clothianidin?

    This is exactly opposite our very appropriate federal laws which lay the burden of proof on the producer. If they can't prove it's safe, it's not to be registered.

    Go try to change that in law......
  22. Re: Crawling, Wandering Bees... recognizable disorder?

    Me, too, Thunder. But I don't feel bad about it, I've had it happen with other rewarding hobbies. At first the learning curve is steep if only because of the quantity of new information, but as we...
  23. Re: LEAKED EPA allows bee toxic pesticide ? ccd ?

    WLC: I understand, and familiar with, and am accustomed to scholarly discourse. Fundamental to scholarly discourse is a dispassionate, rigorous search for truth. C'mon... this thread can only pretend...
  24. Re: LEAKED EPA allows bee toxic pesticide ? ccd ?

    The gist of my post was that none of us can claim impartiality in this sort of discussion. I know I can't. I know my biases.
  25. Re: LEAKED EPA allows bee toxic pesticide ? ccd ?

    A few years ago, a Harvard psychologist named Drew Westen studied brains and brain-wave behavior associated with political thoughts, opinions and arguments. In "The Political Brain", he described the...
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