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    Re: Swarm or not to Swarm

    Swarm impulse is a negative feedback of the Queen Mandibular Pheromone. If QMP distributes through the hive in sufficient concentration, swarm cells are suppressed. If not, then bees respond by...
  2. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Eva Jablonka is not a "crank", but her claims are dubious.

    Anyone should read Thomas E. Dickins critical review of her work cited below -- his core illustration is that natural selection is...
  3. Re: Some bees crawling in grass in front of hive

    HMF is the "dehydration" product of Fructose. Any fructose-containing compound will form it when heated, especially acid ones. It has no generic relationship with HFCS despite being used as a scare...
  4. Thread: New Bees

    by JWChesnut
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    Re: New Bees

    When I started keeping bees in 1973, I was a hippie on a commune in the Virginia mountains, learning from the family of moonshiners down the hollow.

    That was a "Mother Earth News" wave that...
  5. Re: Some bees crawling in grass in front of hive

    Crawlers are a non-specific sign of hive parasites. Summer Nosema (the imported cernua strain), tracheal mites, and a host of virus transmitted by Varroa will exhibit crawlers. I observe that...
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    Re: Another typical foundationless disaster

    Nice even age brood. From the wax color, this looks to be the first cohort of brood on the comb.
    What is the cell gauge ?
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    Re: Honey from Wax Melter

    Honey (a solution of fructose and glucose) forms Hydroxymethylfurfural -- HMF -- when heated. This is the taste of "burnt toast or caramel" and is the result of dehydration of the fructose...
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    Re: hayforkquilter

    Welcome.
    Trinity County is wonderful bee country. (The bears know it too).
    I hope you have nothing but success.
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    Re: Greetings from the SF Bay Area

    Welcome,
    You will discover the Coastal California yearly calendar is very much different than the mid-west norm. Bear that adjustment in mind when making apiary plans.
  10. Re: Is 5.0mm foundation to big to use as small cell?

    Square Peg,
    Could you post a pix of a representative comb, with the short edge of a business card pinned to comb, or a ruler attached. Short edge of biz card is 5.1 cm so is a great over-under...
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    Re: Is this a reasonable approach?

    You can put the caged queen on the top bars of the suspect nuc. In about 10 minutes, it should be obvious if that nuc believes itself to be queen-right. If bees raise their abdomens and fan while...
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    Re: Is this a problem?

    No, its not a problem. Bees often "move up", leaving an empty bottom. You can consolidate the hive since it doesn't appear you need the space presently, or reverse the bottom two boxes -- move the...
  13. Re: Transitioning June nucs from deep to mediums, foundationless

    Add a medium on top of both hives. Buy enough foundation to make four frames with foundation, put these in the center of the mediums. The bees will move up on their own. They will store their...
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    Re: Nectar versus sugar syrup

    Chemically defined artificial nectars exist for bees. This is needed, as toxicology screens against pesticides and insect growth regulators need in-vitro raised standard animals to control...
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    Re: Time to start thinking about winter.

    That is the precise problem with reading unsupported opinion on the internet. Varroa is a vector for virus. Winter bees are long lived. If the Varroa vectors IAP virus into the winter cluster in...
  16. Re: great new Opportunity need advice on capitalization?

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    Re: Combining to save my hive

    Caps on the little bit of honey are torn open --- this means the hive was robbed out. The queen looks to be a drone layer.
    Put the queen in alcohol to use as a swarm trap lure, and abandon the...
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    Re: Dead carcasses outside hive??

    Drones are also the first caste in the hive to suffer from the virus load transmitted by mites. This is because through the summer, the mites are attracted to the drones. In my region, mite effects...
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    Re: Paramount Farms buying out beekeepers?

    I drove the the Wasco >> Paso road today (Hwy 46), this includes multiple miles of Paramount owned Pistachio and and Almond orchards centered on their processor at Lost Hills. There is some...
  20. Re: Puzzled. Bees and Nectar, but No Honey. Sacramento, CA

    Nope, some of the Red Eucs bloom in the summer-fall. But Tasmanian Blue Gum, the common California euc, blooms only from November on.
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    Re: Paramount Farms buying out beekeepers?

    Dr. Gordon Wardell is on Paramount staff, and leads their honeybee program. He has been a champion of Blue Orchard Bees, as well, and Paramount has a large Blue Orchard research program. Dr....
  22. Re: New Study on Neonics, in Nature (journal), out of Netherlands

    I have this paper and the supporting materials, if you want to review the document message me.

    I think the paper may be over-interpreting correlation with causation. It makes heroic efforts to...
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    Re: Robbing sucks....

    Agree with M. Bush--- The key to preventing robbing is to avoid starting it in the first place.

    The trouble with high intensity management (adding feed to force off season comb) is that it...
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    Re: Minor feedback requested

    It is difficult to get bees to draw comb in July and August in many regions, nigh impossible in my location.
    Drawing comb is part of the annual cycle of the nest, the hives can be goosed to draw wax...
  25. Thread: Hop Guard II

    by JWChesnut
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    Re: Hop Guard II

    The paper discussing Varroa and Hop oil research can be downloaded.
    http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10493-012-9593-2#page-1

    I did a kitchen sink version of the hop oil (steam extraction...
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