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    Re: Mobile cell incubator kit?

    Nice setup Jim and it holds plenty of cells!

    RAK, I use water bottles and a cooler too. Perhaps that is still the simplest way to go, but the little incubator unit looked interesting.
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    Re: Mobile cell incubator kit?

    Thanks Astro and Johng!

    Steve, I use a lot of banks too, but sometimes cells need to go a little distance from home. A portable incubator just seems a little more simple than picking up a bank. ...
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    Re: Can bees recognize Green?

    Graham, that one made me chuckle. I am sitting here thinking what does he mean, bees only have two tarsal claws on each foot, so if they use two feet they can easily count to 4...:) Then I realized...
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    Re: Mobile cell incubator kit?

    Yes, I really like the 12V option! Beepro, I am not sure how small the incubator can be. A small cooler should work great. I think it said the unit was 48 watts. I have built small chicken egg...
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    Mobile cell incubator kit?

    Does anyone have any experience with this unit in a mobile cell incubator?

    http://incubatorwarehouse.com/48-watt-incukit-dc.html

    I saw this and it caught my eye for building a small portable...
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    Re: Can bees recognize Green?

    Probably not, but they are some of the more salient colors for honey bees. They may not be able to see them as we do, but still create part of the image. I wouldn't worry too much about the colors...
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    Re: Can bees recognize Green?

    Sure, why do you think beekeepers paint their boxes white? :) They can see that portion of the spectrum, but it may not appear the same as we see white.
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    Re: Can bees recognize Green?

    The visible interpretation of red is dependent on the source. Red lights used on a forklift for moving bees at night produces very little visible wavelengths of light, although a little is present...
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    Re: Can bees recognize Green?

    Should be able to Ian, they fall within their visible spectrum. I think the pattern is more important than the color, for the paint on the box and the pattern the nucs are laid out in. Landmarks...
  10. Re: New UPS rules for shipping bees? Anyone know more about this?

    Vance,

    Great idea, they are called "walk-in cans" by some, but require extra work and handling.
  11. Re: New UPS rules for shipping bees? Anyone know more about this?

    Yes, this is a tough one so late in the season...

    Below is a link to the UPS guidelines. It seems aimed at packages to avoid syrup leakage and bees getting through holes in the screen.
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    Re: From whom does the temperament come?

    Erik,

    The simplest answer is it can come from either, although Greg Hunt has been doing some interesting work showing there is a slight "over expression" of defensive behavior from the maternal...
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    Re: Winter Feed Consumption

    For what it's worth... In our area, a 7-8 frame cluster with brood can easily consume 4-5 pounds of stores a week, some more, some less. Once they start with brood, honey consumption really...
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    Re: Queen mating flights - alone or with workers?

    That's interesting. To me escort implies some type of leadership or showing the queen the way, but what you describe on the Apidea's sounds marginally like absconding/swarming. Now I am not sure...
  15. Re: "A Frame for Expansion" Is a 4 frame nuc the new norm?

    If I may play devils advocate... Note, I do not sell nucs, but handle a lot of them each season.

    Working with beekeepers that sell nucs, it can be a challenge to get the sizing right on large...
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    Re: Queen mating flights - alone or with workers?

    I have not seen that the workers "escort" the queen to the DCA, but they do "harass" and chase her towards the entrance during mating flight time in the afternoon.
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    Re: Can't find my green marked queen

    If that pic is current then that queen is probably the one laying the eggs. Look at the patch of light tan cappings on the bottom left-hand edge of your red circle. That is capped brood. You may...
  18. Thread: Too much rain

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    Re: Too much rain

    Hang in there! I know we are behind where you should be in TX, but March is always our lowest point. Clusters are at their smallest point, and pollen has not started coming in, but hopefully in the...
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    Re: anhydrate oa solution.

    If you mix up 100ml of 1:1 sugar syrup and add 2.6 grams of you anhydrate, that will get you pretty close to 3.4-3.5% oxalic solution for drizzle.

    On a side note, the less brood you have in the...
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    Re: anhydrate oa solution.

    dihydrate means it contains two molecules of water whereas your anhydrate does not contain the water molecules, so your anhydrate is "more concentrated" hence RO's suggestion to use 7/10th the amount
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    Re: Treating Package w/OA Dribble

    In an ideal setting, packages would come with a relatively low mite infestation, but reality can be far different. I do not know of a package producer that would supply anything less than the best...
  22. Thread: Nosema and Queens

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    Re: Nosema and Queens

    David, I agree, and Nosema infections have many implications. I don't know of any queen producers that "want" anything less than the best, but we all know things happen despite our best efforts and...
  23. Thread: Nosema and Queens

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    Re: Nosema and Queens

    Unfortunately, I do not think there is a clear consensus, but infection generally occurs early in life, perhaps in the first few days in the nuc when the virgin queen is actively feeding herself.
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  24. Thread: Nosema and Queens

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    Re: Nosema and Queens

    How so Ian? Queens are often buffered from exposure by attending bees. Which end do the spores come out of?

    David, have you asked the supplier? Often times attendants in the cages/shipping...
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    Re: Oxalic acid dribble or drizzle for Packages

    Dan,

    I have not measured it out. The dribble method calls for about 5 mls per "seam" of bees or roughly 35 mls per colony. Misting a package is less than that. Keep in mind it is just a misting...
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