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  1. Re: NY Times OpEd Piece on Colony Collapse Disorder

    Yes, that's getting to be a problem, with all sorts of writers jumping on the band-wagon writing about things they only half-understand. I don't know much about Mark Winston, but the credentials...
  2. Re: NY Times OpEd Piece on Colony Collapse Disorder

    :scratch: Okay, I haven't been reading all the threads here. Are we talking "average" as in, some queens don't ever lay well (so effectively are dead from the start), others are superseded within...
  3. Re: NY Times OpEd Piece on Colony Collapse Disorder

    I wrote something about this NYTimes op-ed for a different forum (a local group of beekeepers):


    The article covers important topics, but it's badly written and I think the underlying argument is...
  4. Re: papers provide conclusive evidence that the pesticides are causing the mass death

    After this discussion, I was interested to read BlueRidgeBee's Notes from a talk by Dr. Jeff Pettis, Beltsville Bee Lab given in North Carolina. From the Q&A:
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    Re: Honey Container Prices

    Pour your hot tea or coffee in, swish it around with the last of the honey, pour it back into the cup and drink. And personally, I'd much rather do that out of glass than plastic.
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    Re: Pollinator Numbers are Up

    Here's another article, "White House Task Force To Save Bees Stirs Hornet's Nest," which also gives a link to a list of lobbyists who've registered as having an interest in one bill, "H.R.2692:...
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    Re: Pollinator Numbers are Up

    It's highly doubtful that the two congressmen actually wrote it. Maybe they had their staffers look it over, but almost certainly the article was written by someone in a lobbying company.

    In...
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    Re: Pollinator Numbers are Up

    The title is misleading, or revealing. There are thousands of species of pollinators besides Apis Melifera.
  9. Re: papers provide conclusive evidence that the pesticides are causing the mass death

    Thanks, BlueDiamond, for that picture. I believe it. We've visited through that area, on our way to a family reunion in Zenith, Kansas -- but we didn't try camping in any ditches. :)

    I posted a...
  10. Re: papers provide conclusive evidence that the pesticides are causing the mass death

    Yes, I get that. My question is more about beekeepers. How do we recognize the difficulties, and still have civil, productive discussions? On the whole, BeeSource does give us a forum where we can...
  11. Re: papers provide conclusive evidence that the pesticides are causing the mass death

    Why does it have to be so divisive? :scratch:

    I ask that seriously. I know in a general way, but on the face of it you'd think we're the ones who are best-informed and most motivated to work out...
  12. Re: papers provide conclusive evidence that the pesticides are causing the mass death

    The link goes to "Circle Seven Honey and Pollination - For all your pollination needs"

    First paragraph:


    We are no longer pollinating conventionally farmed products due to losses from...
  13. Re: papers provide conclusive evidence that the pesticides are causing the mass death

    "Embargoed" just means it was due for publication, and until then they asked news organizations that were aware of it (and may have had advance copies) to hold off reporting on it. June 24th was a...
  14. Re: papers provide conclusive evidence that the pesticides are causing the mass death

    One name that occurs at least twice is Dr. Jean-Marc Bonmatin, a French scientist. He's the Vice-Chairman of the Board of the task force, he works at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique,...
  15. Re: papers provide conclusive evidence that the pesticides are causing the mass death

    The Worldwide Integrated Assessment (WIA) presents the first attempt to synthesize the state of knowledge on the risks to biodiversity and ecosystem functioning posed by the widespread global use of...
  16. Re: papers provide conclusive evidence that the pesticides are causing the mass death

    These 50 scientists are mostly concerned about pollinators and other wildlife, not honeybees. Of course, there's no particular reason for beekeepers to be concerned, as long as our bees aren't dying...
  17. Re: papers provide conclusive evidence that the pesticides are causing the mass death

    Two sources are given in the story. One is an "international panel of 50 scientists working as the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides," which "says a study of 800 research papers provides conclusive...
  18. Thread: Sting to Shock

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    Re: Sting to Shock

    It's a good thread and I'm learning a lot. Rehearsing the issues now is helpful for when I may need to decide. The title of the thread is helpful, too, if we remember there are various stages from...
  19. Thread: Sting to Shock

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    Re: Sting to Shock

    The fact that I have the Epi-pen (actually now it's an Auvi-Q, which is basically a talking Epi-pen!) via a prescription, means that I've had medical advice. I'm now wondering if that advice was...
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    Re: Sting to Shock

    Dean, I've talked to the doctors, and I "know" that using it requires a trip to the ER. I'm asking why, in the context of a free-wheeling conversation with lots of different opinions and...
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    Re: Sting to Shock

    We have no allergies to bee venom, but one of my family has other allergies so we have an Epi-pen on hand, and I keep it in mind in case anyone gets stung and has an anaphylactic reaction. Other than...
  22. Re: Moving a hive, in two sections? (too tall for the car)

    This is what they have by that name: http://www.mannlakeltd.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=mannlake&Screen=DISP_INFO&Product_Code=WW-174. It goes on the front of the hive, and lets "the bees find...
  23. Re: Moving a hive, in two sections? (too tall for the car)

    We're getting into the finer details, and I appreciate the chance to think it through. If I separate the hive into two parts, probably I should do that the day before, -- put two screened frames...
  24. Re: Moving a hive, in two sections? (too tall for the car)

    Thanks. With this idea of a queen-less and a queen-right section, I'm thinking my best option (if there's no brood in the top box) is to shake all the bees out of the top box the day before, screen...
  25. Re: Moving a hive, in two sections? (too tall for the car)

    I found a place for an outyard where another beekeeper has had hives. He thought his last hive had died over the winter. When I told him they were still alive, and after a week or four of not doing...
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