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    Re: Moonbeam stock

    The Midnite bee and the Moonbeam are miles apart.


    http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/entomology/apiculture/pdfs/1.12%20copy.pdf

    In any event, you have to tip your hat off to Robert Russell. He was one...
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    Re: Greetings from NC!

    Welcome to the site!
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    Re: Saw pollen today!

    Red Maple is greyish with a red hint. Other maples are pale yellow.

    http://www.eversweetapiaries.com/pollencharts.htm

    I saw pale yellow yesterday.
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    Re: Saw pollen today!

    Thanks for the heads up!

    Looks like I have to get my equipment in order, as spring appears to be almost here.
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    Re: Saw pollen today!

    I saw pale yellow pollen coming in today. I haven't seen a Maple bloom yet, but the bees are much better at finding it than I am.

    I was able to open one hive, saw three frames of eggs.

    In...
  6. Re: Saving boxes and frames after wax moths

    Divide your practice into three categories:

    1. Saving undamaged wax - If there are any frames that have not been hit by the moths, freeze them if possible (I know you can't, just saying). If not,...
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    Re: queen rearing notes

    I'm assuming you all know it's programmable. The link was just an example. If not, you learned it now.

    http://www.thebeeyard.org/queen-rearing-calendar/
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    Re: queen rearing notes

    Are you talking about queen rearing notes, or queen breeding notes?

    Difference being, queen rearing notes are more for timing of operations (when to graft, when to check on cells, ect.), while...
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    Re: cool video i got from a bee web site

    Surprising how calm the bees were, despite being jostled around so much, and being handled by people in dark suits.

    Neat video.
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    And the understanding of the bee evolves Mr. Bush. Your practices should as well.

    Many of the dates that you put down, historically, man kind had a very basic and rudimentiary understanding of...
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    Re: More"advanced beginner" Questions

    I've heard some say 1/4 mile. If I'm going to move, I don't do anything under 1 mile.



    Confining them for 3 days sometimes works. The bees often "forget" where they are and reorient.

    You...
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    The article is fairly short, with only a half a page describing materials and methods. I would agree there isn't much information on what went into the emergency queens. I can only speculate that...
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    Your comment got me curious, so I dug a little bit and found that this study actually did that:
    EFFECTS OF THE AGE OF GRAFTED LARVAE
    AND THE EFFECTS OF SUPPLEMENTAL FEEDING
    ON SOME MORPHOLOGICAL...
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    I'd be interested in reading it as well, if you wouldn't mind sharing the link.
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    You misunderstand.

    The studies do not show that emergency queens are inferior. I have never said they did.

    The studies show a variety of information, but mainly two points that are relevant to...
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    The value of the individual study doesn't come from one result. It's from replication and building of knowledge. A study of a statistically relevant number of colonies, when repeated by multiple...
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    If you think all those authors did (not of one paper, mind you) was raise a few queens in a lab and had their study peer reviewed, I really don't know how to respond. Quite frankly, I find that...
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    Insurance against what? If the bees always choose the right age, you don't need insurance.



    Only 61% of the time.



    For someone who doesn't think it matters, you sure are defending their...
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    Supersedure cells are often, but not always, made on the face of normal brood rearing combs. Why is it that the emergency queens have a problem "turning the corner" to feed from the larvae, but the...
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    But if the bees always chose the right age, if you came back after four days there wouldn't be any capped queen cells.
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    Who's being rude?
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    Much appreciated.



    But there is where you lose any empirical value. Nothing in your quote, or any other information I've read, indicates that bees floated to the edge of the cell of are worse...
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    You don't.

    You don't look at a queen raised under an E-cell condition and determine that they were either raised from a 12-24h larvae or a 24-48h larvae. You look at the quality of e-cells overall...
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    You don't have to search far. It was the first article that I quoted to.



    53% of the cells built were later destroyed. And non-randomly. Meaning the older cells had a greater "destruction...
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    But in that situation, you are still selecting the age of the larvae that will be used. Only instead of doing it during grafting, you are doing it during capping (culling the oldest larvae). The...
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