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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Encountered my hottest hive ever - a mating nuc no less, 6 medium frames of bees. More than 20 stings through my jeans and under my jacket before I retreated - dozens of stingers caught in my...
  2. Re: New Hive Scale Record Gain in One Day!

    I bet that with enough data sound monitoring could predict swarms.
  3. Re: New Hive Scale Record Gain in One Day!

    Someone should make a scale with bluetooth and enough memory/processor power to keep a few weeks worth of data - then send it to your phone when you go to the yard. For about $15 each.
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    Re: Hot and heavy hive

    Use a fume board and bee repellant to push them down, then move the supers to other hives. When you have gone as far as you care to go put the lid on the hive. This usually keeps them from coming...
  5. Re: Why do Male Drones Bees Die after mating mating

    Sorry, i didn't mean it as an "out" per se. I just don't want to make another lap. This is one of those subjects where people tend to invest in a position and minds rarely change. It was fun while...
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    Re: first year honey?

    If you have been liberally feeding pro sweet you might not really have honey. If you want to harvest some for your own use that is your choice. You can always just give them more syrup.
  7. Re: Why do Male Drones Bees Die after mating mating

    OK I did say "I think you can explain every single dominantly inheritable and many recessive traits of any living thing - both physical and behavioral - as adaptations"

    I didn't say that I can...
  8. Re: How to jump start late 2nd package install???

    Two hives with comb and brood will grow faster in total than one strong and one impoverished. I would probably give it half and feed both. The goal is for both to make it through winter - right?
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    Re: Why a cell starter and finisher?

    That's why you publish 2nd editions. You really should though - your writing is quite good and your hands on experience and technical knowledge is clearly substantial.
  10. Re: Why do Male Drones Bees Die after mating mating

    I think I see the problem. You are equating "adaptation" with "any change" or "any mutation" beneficial or not - while the definition of adaptation which I am using is "a beneficial change in the...
  11. Re: Why do Male Drones Bees Die after mating mating

    That may be a true statement, but it isn't what I said. Adaptations by means of evolution result in competitive advantages. Those changes which result in diminished competitiveness generally die...
  12. Re: Why do Male Drones Bees Die after mating mating

    Eye color? I don't know - maybe variety in eye color results in more successful mating behavior. Dark eyes may be an adaptation to bright sunlight while light color may be a recessive. Just...
  13. Re: Why do Male Drones Bees Die after mating mating

    Notice that I said dominant and many recessive traits. Albinism is a recessive, and therefore can be passed on without expression - so it can continue to be passed along despite being a...
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    Re: Confessions of a first time grafter

    It looks professional made - good job. I have an excluder frame that I made to keep the queen from moving laterally in the hive but it doesn't work if there is a super in place. You should try to...
  15. Re: Why do Male Drones Bees Die after mating mating

    Do you have an example of that? I think you can explain every single dominantly inheritable and many recessive traits of any living thing - both physical and behavioral - as adaptations which...
  16. Re: Why do Male Drones Bees Die after mating mating

    Yes. The number of drones who "commit suicide" during breeding are insignificant compared to the number of drones which never mate. More drones probably get eaten by birds. I doubt that the death...
  17. Re: Why do Male Drones Bees Die after mating mating

    Drones are almost like flying sperm cells, and for any individual getting to mate even once is so unlikely that it's almost like winning powerball. The statistical probability that it would ever...
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    Re: Hotel Hive Management Contracts

    For some reason I just remembered a joke which ends with "I'm a doctor and even I don't charge that much!" To which the plumber replies "Well, neither did I when I was a doctor."

    Anyway - good...
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    Re: Changing hive direction

    Second that - rotate it over the course of several days if possible.
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    Re: Confessions of a first time grafter

    Keep at it and you will make rapid improvement.

    I'm not really very good at grafting - I've never done it in enough volume to get very good at it. So, I make up for that by making it as easy as...
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    Re: partially drawn frames

    Here in mid TN the time has probably passed for adding undrawn foundation unless you are feeding continuously. Most of the comb building for this year is done - Unless something really unusual...
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    Re: Why a cell starter and finisher?

    That's true, but how many cells are they culturing in a batch? I think it's a great method for many of us - but it's good to understand the limits.
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    Re: Why a cell starter and finisher?

    It also probably explains the problem of cells being torn down at the 11th hour - only a swarmy hive would finish a large number of cells, and as the season progresses the flow slows and it is harder...
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    Re: Why a cell starter and finisher?

    Oldtimer - as with so many things once it's explained it seems obvious. That completely explains why my queenless starter finisher consistently produces about a dozen good cells at a time - if I...
  25. Re: Bees swarm 4 days after installation.

    The fact that the other hive didn't abscond was just lucky. As already mentioned - open screens make failure more likely, but you also should have left them alone for at least a week. At least you...
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