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  1. Re: ideas/suggestions for hive inspections during the "mean" and lean season?

    I live in Massachusetts. The thermals aren't for warmth, they are to make a buffer between the stingers and your skin.

    I only suit up like this if I am about to deal with potentially very...
  2. Re: ideas/suggestions for hive inspections during the "mean" and lean season?

    Wear protective gear that does not allow the bees any access.

    Inspectors jacket with visor underneath veil to keep bees away from face. Jacket tucked into white painters pants. Thermal long...
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    On a similar note...bacteria evolved humans out of themselves to invent better and faster transportation devices that enable the bacteria to move more efficiently around the planet and into the solar...
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    Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Thank you for this elegant post!
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    Re: Pollen sources now in the northeast?

    Hi Bob, Are you home? We're on our way to Cohasset to move bees to the island in Quincy. Our red maple bloomed last week and Dean was able to get some great photos. Our bees in central Mass. have...
  6. Re: Attach foundation using only wax as fastener under the top bar?

    Perhaps the speed the bees draw has to do with comb use. With foundation, the queen can lay in the cells before they are drawn. If a flow is on, the bees can draw foundationless and fill with...
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    When I use foundation I do what Lauri does but horizontally and with sc wax. Foundation goes just above the top wire and just below the bottom wire. Bees are free to build whatever size comb they...
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    Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    What is "bad" or "revolting" to some is delicious and extremely desirable to others.

    When we give tastes of goldenrod honey it is clear that there are camps...some customers make a face, for...
  9. Re: Top Bar Hives -- The red headed step child of beekeeping

    We know a guy who went to do cutouts on a pennyfarthing, took photos of the process on his I phone, carried the bees away on the bike, then sold the honey back to the homeowners with photos of their...
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    Re: Question about Ultra Breeze Veil

    I have the Mann Lake version purchased around 2011. I wear a wide brim baseball type hat under which does a good job keeping the veil away from my face.

    Had the jacket on a couple of weeks ago in...
  11. Re: Is the division 'Treatment Free' adequate to the task?

    Whew. Taking a deep breath and practicing my own resistance :)

    Can't wait until the northern hemisphere bees are all back out!
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    Re: Beekeeping with microbes - treatment-free

    Actually, "they're feeding the snot out of them with fumagillin" was a quote from Dave Tarpy in answer to the question we had as to why the commercial queens he looked at in 2010 showed 0% nosema...
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    Re: Microbial ecology - HOW?

    Here is a link to a portion of a very old book (~1912?) on the fungal eating ants of North America:

    http://antbase.org/ants/publications/10543/10543.pdf

    The descriptions of the ants growing the...
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    Re: Are SHB a problem in New England?

    Overrun means some of them perished.
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    Re: Are SHB a problem in New England?

    We have a friend here in Massachusetts who was running less than 20 colonies. His hives were suddenly overrun with small hive beetles. He couldn't understand what was happening until he learned...
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    Re: Microbial ecology - HOW?

    Sorry I wasn't more clear. What I was discussing was honeybee gut bacteria showing resistance to antibiotics, not eradication of the bacteria.

    Dee Lusby's bees are dramatically different from...
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    Re: Treatment Free - How long does it take?

    Have you ever been interviewed for a news story, read the final print version and wondered how the reporter came up with the statements they did that were attributed to you? Not saying that the...
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    Re: Feeding honey back to bees

    Put crystallized honey on a strong, deep paper plate. Cover surface of honey with a sheet of wax paper. Slash bottom of plate a few times with hive tool. Put plate on top of bars with shim or over...
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    Re: Attacked by bees in SE AZ

    What happened is you didn 't use smoke. Past behavior does not predict future behavior. Make sure your smoker is always lit and use a few puffs before you open your hives. I often smoke but do not...
  20. Re: Researchers recreate bee collapse with pesticide-laced corn syrup

    On the homepage of www.scientificbeekeeping.com

    Second article under "Bee News" on right side of page...scroll down. Lots to read.

    Ramona
  21. Re: Researchers recreate bee collapse with pesticide-laced corn syrup

    This study was extensively discussed on all the major bee forums and has the reputation of being one of the worst studies ever done. If you read the actual study you will see that it does not...
  22. Re: Hive beetles.....4 days after installing new bees??? HELP!

    We heard a talk on SHB by Dr. Peter Teal of the ARS Gainesville, Florida. According to his research, SHB are preferentially attracted to very ripe cantaloupe, more so than beebread or any other hive...
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    Re: Treatment Free Commercial Beekeepers?

    Here is link to the Northern New Jersey Beekeepers club page with contact info. I have no idea if they recorded or not.

    http://www.nnjbees.org/ai1ec_event/monthly-meeting/?instance_id=638
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    Re: Treatment Free Commercial Beekeepers?

    We went to see Tim Ives speak in northern New Jersey on March 15. He mentioned "fat bees" and stressed that it is important the bees eat only real honey, no artificial feeds at all, and that they go...
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    Re: Treatment Free Commercial Beekeepers?

    The bees share water tanks with cattle - that is their water supply.

    No one is asking anyone to keep Dee's bees or to keep bees irresponsibly. What I'm referring to is endless commenting on the...
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