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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    more of those pesky facts!
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    Exactly. That's the big issue. Neonics is more of a sideshow in comparison.
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    Re: Mating Flight Delay

    Two or 3 weeks is no problem. Over three weeks they can still mate but the clock is ticking and some will end up drone layers at this point.
    Queens start to take orientation flights about 4 or 5...
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    Yes, I was thinking of the Overview report on bee health and the use of neonicotinoids in Australia published by the Australian Government Veterinary medicines authority in Feb 2014.
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  5. Re: Whats your average date for the start of queenrearing

    End April in a very good year but usually early to mid May.
    Re the drones, you need to do the math.
    Drones take 24 days to emerge and another 2 weeks to become sexually mature.
    Grafted queens...
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    Keep on trusting wiki then and I will keep on reading the peer reviewed research, something absent from any of the opinion piece quotes above.
    There is no CCD in Europe, never has been, and I...
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    >Europe uses neonics and has never had cases of CCD
    Not according to wiki. Do you have anything that supports what your saying?

    I can't prove a negative! I can't prove there are no leprechauns in...
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    Someone mention leprechauns?


    https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10153077791972200&pnref=story
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    It's in the very quote you highlighted.

    Excessive planter dust in part due to poor binding agent on the seeds and also poor design of the seed planter which expels dust directly into the air.
    The...
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    Flowerplanter.
    Europe uses neonics and has never had cases of CCD
    Australia has neonics but no varroa and has some of the healthiest bees on the planet.
    The Lu paper which attempted to link CCD to...
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    Watch out for those roundup ready Santas.
    They have developed resistance to disbelief and are hard to get rid of.
  12. Re: How long before inserting your queen cell do you make up your mating nuc?

    I put the cells in right away. Bees know they are queenless in about 10 minutes after separating them from a queen.
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    Re: Has Seed Coating Changed? CCD gone for Good!

    LOL D Coates. I always wondered where those carrots went. Maybe Bayer stole them.
  14. Re: Queen mating flights - alone or with workers?

    This is a little piece of video I took of a queen returning from a mating flight to a mini mating nuc.
    The bees you seewith the queen are the workers which accompanied her on the mating flight
    They...
  15. Re: Queen mating flights - alone or with workers?

    Some people have seen it and have written about it. Beo Cooper was one writer who described Apiary vicinity mating.
    Like I said, I have seen it many times myself and I am a natural skeptic.
    I keep...
  16. Re: Queen mating flights - alone or with workers?

    Do you rear queens or spend time in apiaries where a lot of virgins take mating flights?
    You wont see it if you are not there to see it.
  17. Re: Queen mating flights - alone or with workers?

    Ok. I have seen virgin queens leave with the retinue of workers maybe 15-20 times at this point and I rear several hundred grafted queens a year.
    What's your experience with queen rearing Riskybizz?...
  18. Re: Queen mating flights - alone or with workers?

    beeware and riskybiz.
    Workers accompany queens on mating flights, not always but quite often.
    My observations are similar to those of Michael Bush and I rear a lot of queens every summer.

    Did...
  19. Re: Queen mating flights - alone or with workers?

    Mostly I have observed this from Apidea mating nucs which have a population of about 500 bees and a virgin queen.
    It is common enough as I have observed it many times, certainly more than a dozen....
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    Re: Supercedure cells in very strong hive

    Yes it is a complete myth. You can find a supersedure cell anywhere on the frame including tucked in against the side bar or the top bar or hanging off the bottom bar. I would also put the limit at 3.
  21. Re: Queen mating flights - alone or with workers?

    I have seen the workers escort the queen on a mating flight on various occasions.

    http://www.native-queen-bees.com/apiary-vicinity-mating/
  22. Re: Jon Entine debunks theory linking neonic pesticides to honeybee collapse

    There are plenty of those studies if you take the time to go look for them. Some but not all of the studies are part funded from industry sources.
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    Re: Ulster Observation Hive

    I live in Ulster and am also a fan of this observation hive! They cost the equivalent of about $500 here so $160 is a real bargain.
    I know people who keep bees in them for a period of a month or...
  24. Re: A laying worker confirms missing queen, or maybe not?

    A couple of people told me they had seen eggs laid on pollen and I was skeptical but then I saw it for myself in one of my own colonies.
  25. Re: A laying worker confirms missing queen, or maybe not?

    It's normal depth comb but in a mini mating nuc.
    Laying workers develop very quickly in these if they go queenless, usually between 2 and 3 weeks.
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