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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    That's OK. He doesn't understand it either, which is eminently clear to anyone who has followed his endless exposition on this topic over the years. He shows up in the middle of any topic on which...
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    Re: African hive inspection

    See for yourself:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imRT8wGe0uM

    Unfortunately, whoever filmed this never learned how to edit so the videos are hours long. But check about 20 minutes in. Not only...
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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    Not what I meant. JWChesnut schooled me on the dangers of ascribing all sorts of phenomena to epigenetics. The epigenetics people are very quick to connect between the dots, where there may be no...
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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    This is pure speculation. I don't think this statement is supportable. Honey bees are highly adaptable and can succeed in a variety of locations. Further, genes are not willy-nilly turning on and...
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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    This may be a case where you can't have your cake and eat it too. Querer ter sol na eira e chuva no nabal.
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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    Right, but this raises a several interesting questions. 1) does the enhancement of a recessive trait bring with it other potentially negative traits? Aside from homozygosity on the sex alleles, that...
  7. Thread: MAQS

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    Re: MAQS

    Hi all
    I use the strips in August. I leave them in for one week and then remove the remnants. By then, the formic is pretty much gone. This year I noticed the grass in front of the hives was burnt...
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    Re: Small Cell Benefits

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    Re: Small Cell Benefits

    Wrong. Do you think because a guy is super tall he will be a good basketball player? Or because someone has a great big head, they'll be smarter? Honey bee colonies have behavioral traits that make...
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    Re: Small Cell Benefits

    Listen Dean. Whether or not I look foolish to you or not means about as much to me as whether the temperature this morning is 31 or 32. But if you had read what I said, you would have understood. I...
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    Re: Small Cell Benefits

    Hmm. There is no best cell size, that accounts for why cell size varies so much. The size of cells constitute a range of sizes, not an actual one size fits all. There is no one best size of honey...
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    Re: feral hives

    Recent work shows that feral colonies without treatment are not healthier than managed colonies. In fact, the opposite



    Citation: Thompson CE, Biesmeijer JC, Allnutt TR, Pietravalle S, Budge GE...
  14. Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    The exact same thing had occurred to me.
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    Are you suggesting the heat is leaking out the bottom of the hive? Heat rises, so the opening at the bottom shouldn't matter much though we do close it down to keep out mice.

    The ideal insulation...
  16. Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    Again, the heat coming from the cluster is waste heat. To suggest that bees are trying to heat the hive because heat comes off the cluster is the same as saying I am trying to heat the room by...
  17. Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    Right about the heat leaving the cluster, this is heat loss or waste heat. The system is not 100% efficient, like heat going up a chimney. On the other hand, some heat has to leak out to the outer...
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    Re: 9 frames or 10 frames

    I am a veteran beekeeper, too, 41 years beekeeping. I learned most of what I know working with commercial beekeepers in California. They all use 9 frames in the ten frame hive. Nowadays my honey...
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    Re: feral hives

    Hi all

    As many have said previously, there are no figures available on this topic, other than extrapolation from sparse data. However, in the areas where Africanized bees exist, feral colonies are...
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    Spoken as a true ideologue. Stick to the ideology, irrespective of any evidence to the contrary.

    Ideology is the enemy of science, truth, art and freedom.
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    You are comparing an outfit out using Africanized bees isolated in the desert to more conventional situations. Back in the 1980s I had 500 colonies in San Diego. Almost everybody had AFB, it was...
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    deknow writes:



    Are you saying you inspected the brood nests of 800 colonies each time you visited? That sounds like two weeks of full time work to me. I hope you are getting paid. We used to...
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    More from Eckert:



    This was written in 1955. The project was never really undertaken until Marla Spivak started raising hygienic bees. As anyone who uses them, including her, will tell you,...
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    Re: Please Stop...

    Two years of experience as a beekeeper is not much, that's true. But you have no experience as a scientist. Anyone can propose a connection such as the connection between sunspots and CCD or...
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    Michael Bush:



    Mr. Bush, to suggest that Dr. J. E. ECKERT would support your notions of AFB resistance and treatment free beekeeping is ridiculous. Eckert was a highly respected scientist and...
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