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  1. Re: What to do with nucs that show signs of viruses?

    Requeening has two components...brood break and new genetics. With an apparant virus issue (based on no data...just how I think things work), I think a brood break is important...get rid of the food...
  2. Re: What to do with nucs that show signs of viruses?

    I don't have an image of my own handy, but this is useful...notice how small the callow bees eyes appear to be. Is this what you are describing?
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  3. Re: What to do with nucs that show signs of viruses?

    Is it possible to get a photo? I can't picture what you are talking about.
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    Re: Changing liquid concentrations

    Don't know your background or setup.....but it is important not to dilute the acid with water (which would imply adding water to acid)....this can be dangerous.

    Do as you oughta, add acid to water.
  5. Re: Why do Male Drones Bees Die after mating mating

    Good point Dan. The sting is a 'modified ovipositor'.

    When Jerry Hayes spoke at our state club a few years ago, he did 'the classroom, live', and answered questions.

    Ramona showed up loaded...
  6. Re: Why do Male Drones Bees Die after mating mating

    ...and if one happens to be an albino bunny in the forest, that bunny is toast. If, however, that albino bunny finds itself in captivity, that same trait that made it stick out as a free lunch now...
  7. Re: Why do Male Drones Bees Die after mating mating

    I don't think I can buy that as stated. If every queen mates with 30 drones, and each colony is presumably headed by 1 or 2 queens, then 60 drones with a post coital appetite would seem to me to be...
  8. Re: Why do Male Drones Bees Die after mating mating

    No. as you correctly stated, it is a random half.

    That begins with a random selection of one chromosome from each pair, then add in crossovers and other variances, and you have enough variation...
  9. Re: Why do Male Drones Bees Die after mating mating

    Although all sperm from a specific drone is identical to all the other sperm from the same drone, the drones from a given queen are not identical to one another.
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    Re: What frame is this?

    There is nothing "new" about foundationless frames. Langstroth's original frames were foundationless.
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    Re: Hiving a swarm problems

    +1
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    Re: Hiving a swarm problems

    Put a frame of open brood in the box.
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    Re: Bee / Hive Cameras

    That is a fine camera....but if the goal is to take insect photos, the compromises that are inherent in a 60x zoom are probably not worth it.

    Some years ago I got an earlier version of this...
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    Re: Bee / Hive Cameras

    It sounds like you want something nice. Start with the lens......find the appropriate lens and then at the camera.

    I'd recommend something that is an actual 'macro' lens with a 35mm equivelent of...
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    Re: Tomorrow Obama administration to announce National Strategy for pollinators

    My reading is that this only applies to bees on contract pollination where the pesticide applications are on the same property. All other pesticide issues are dealt with by state plans.
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    Re: Why aren't Cloake Boards more popular?

    A Cloake Board saves lifting a single box of bees twice. Given that you are lifting the box regularly (in order to sort capped and open brood), on a small scale it isn't much of a time saver over...
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    Re: Queen Caging Tips

    Hey Mike....that reminds me, I have to return those gloves you loaned me.....:lookout:
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    Re: Queen Caging Tips

    I catch her by the wing, then put her into a hollow fist. To cage her I put the cage above my fist with the hole facing sown.....if she is stubborn I breathe a little into the bottom of my fist.
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    Re: The Fed's plan for bees and butterflies

    I suppose a definition of 'government-declared public health emergency' is.

    I've been finding it difficult to participate in my state planning efforts.
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    Re: Bee Lineage Question

    That can't happen. By the time she can lay a drone egg she can no longer mate.
  21. Thread: TF genetics

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    Re: TF genetics

    I think that is what you would say as well....but there is zero evidence that "survivors" (even AHB) assay particularly high in HYG or VSH.

    There are many traits that are selected for in survivor...
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    Re: TF genetics

    All of the work I know about shows that HYG and VSH are not selected for by 'not treating' or 'being feral'. These are 'hypertraits' and need to be selected for directly through assays, not assumed...
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    Re: Carni queen in a package of Italians?

    As Far As I'm aware, the bulk of packages are made up from italians, as they have been selected to brood up quickly when fed, and queens are added to order (race, marked, clipped).

    Sam comfort...
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    Re: Very Bad First Experience

    ...even then, I think it is mostly about the candy. As noted above, we tried to use a plug of wax with enough of a gap so the bees would 'know' the queen was on the other side. Probably would have...
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    Re: Running Out of Room

    If you put an empty box of foundationless frames above the nest, you will end up with (a very predictable) mess as the bees start to build comb up from the bottoms of the frames.

    Usually following...
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