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    Re: Varroa Mite Wash of Dead Bees.

    You can use water with some washing up liquid.A paper coffee filter will show up the mites very well, you can watch the process here: start at 3:50

    http://youtu.be/iaavtUgDj9M
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    Re: supercedure cells in March??

    I would always let the bees get on with supercedure and not interfere. The old queen is your insurance policy in case the new one doesn't get mated.Don't kill her off.
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    Re: Bees up and left a hive full of honey

    This is not correct.Even if there is a heavy nectar flow the bees will still collect honey if it's easy to get. After all it's already converted to winter food!
    If the hive doesn't get robbed for a...
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    Re: Bees up and left a hive full of honey

    Yes, it is CCD if most of the bees disappeared suddenly.Sometimes the queen is still there, sometimes not.Don't feed the rest of the honey to other bees, as it might still have neonicotinoids in it,...
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    Re: Neonic facts

    As an independent organic farmer and beekeeper I am very suspicious of industry funded agencies.
    - on that note I found this post quite thought provoking:
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    Re: Neonic facts

    I'm a farmer, an organic one even.

    Just catching up on this thread. I have seen similar discussions on another forum, this topic is a minefield.
    Question is, who sets the mines?
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    Re: The Case Against Imidicloprid

    Very interesting, will follow the links at the bottom of the article to find out more.
  8. Re: Eye witness to colony collapse: Bee-farmer loses 2,000 hives in one month

    How poor is that?

    They produce stuff that buggers up the immune defences of social insects (termites),then don't check whether bees or ants are similarly affected.

    I think we're very slowly...
  9. Re: Eye witness to colony collapse: Bee-farmer loses 2,000 hives in one month

    Please let us all know the results of sample analysis. Without any such corroboration of the neonics hypothesis, this sad tale is not going to persuade many people of a clear cause.

    Just...
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