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  1. Re: Hive Beetles. How many is a concern?

    That sounds like a lot of hive beetles for Central New York. Did your hives start as nucs or packages from down south this spring?
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    Re: Super Hot Hive

    I would wait till spring. The population will be low then. You can submit the queen to a pressure test between thumb and forefinger.(None of mine tested so far have passed.) Use the brood to start...
  3. Re: Ontario beekeepers suing for $400 million in damages

    I live in dairy country and the dairy farmers used very little insecticide prior to the neonics. They would rotate out of corn when they started having higher levels of corn borer. Now virtually...
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    Re: USPS FAILS at delivering queens

    I ship queens from my local post office that is 1 1/2 miles from my house. UPS customer center is over an hour away from here. I can pay extra to send by UPS from a hardware store six miles away. ...
  5. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Mike Bispham is very hung up on Peter Borst's credentials. Peter works in a lab doing genetics research at Cornell University. He's a technician. He does the work and the head of the lab ("the...
  6. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    I am hoping that JWChesnut can post the citation to which he alluded concerning the development of new genes in the honeybee genome. Here is his quote:
    Bee's are accumulating new alleles...
  7. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    Well, Richard,
    I guess you want to dismiss my statement about entropy on the basis that you're smarter than I am. You probably are. If you google Entropy and Evolution, you'll find some people...
  8. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    I actually have the opinion that genes will change based on life's experience. Many fundamentalist Christians refute the existence of any kind of evolution even though survival of the fittest is...
  9. Re: Our understanding of genetics is changing

    So it turns out that the Lamarchian (I don't remember the spelling) theory of evolution is correct. A giraffe stretching to eat higher leaves passes on the genes for a longer neck rather than just...
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    Re: Maintaining Genetic Diversity

    According to Larry Connor's book Bee Sex Essentials, if the queen lays an egg that has two identical sex alleles, then a sterile male bee will be produced and the bees will remove it. So inbreeding...
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    Solar Wax Melter Recommendations

    Can anyone recommend a good solar wax melter that you can buy today?
    I'm tired of dealing with scrapings that build up before I use my electric melter.
    Thanks,
    Mike Johnston
  12. Re: Feral hives with mostly A.m.m. genes in NC, TN or VA?

    I would be surprised if you were to find any bees with very much A.M.M. genes in your area. There is an existing population of fairly pure A.M.M. bees in the redwood country of California around...
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    Re: Who's looking for proof?

    Wild pollinators are great but the greatest majority of people making a living off them are the researchers. In addition, wild pollinators won't survive very well in orchard country where a lot of...
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    Re: Amazing

    I had a single frame of brood in hives that I opened about three weeks ago.
    By raw pollen, do you mean pollen supplement?
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    Re: Why do bees like my wood lot?

    They might actually be eating the sawdust though I don't know for sure. Torula yeast is commonly used as a pollen supplement and torula yeast is a wood by-product.
  16. Re: how are u punching holes in the feeder caps fit quart jars

    I use a 3/32 or 7/64 drill bit.
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    Re: Why winter ventilation is important

    That's a great photo.
    I just heard Tom Selley talk this past Saturday. He studies wild hives extensively and say that wild bees close up their top entrances and only have a bottom entrance. ...
  18. Re: How long until you have resistant bees?

    I don't disagree with most of what Solomon Parker says. All of our bees are more resistant now than when Varroa first appeared. When Varroa first appeared, if you did not treat, probably all of...
  19. Re: How long until you have resistant bees?

    I don't think that the three year standard works very well. After three years you have a different queen and half of the genetics in the hive came from all of the drones with which she has mated. ...
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    Re: D.E. hives- your thoughts?

    I know some people that run D.E. equipment and believe in them. One of these people gave me enough equipment to put one together myself and I will start playing around with it this season. I've...
  21. Re: Any idea what is in bloom in Massachusetts at this time of year?

    Red Maple and Silver Maple get my vote. Silver maples are common along roadsides and you can see them blooming if you look for it.
  22. Re: Average amount of syrup fed annually before winter?

    I live in upstate New York and we have around a 5 month growing season April 15 to September 15. I overwinter in two deep hive bodies. I don't feed a drop of syrup to my bees before winter and...
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    Re: Container Candle Problems

    I think the reason that the candles crack is they are cooling too fast. I've given up on larger candles in metal molds because they always crack. The same size candles in rubber molds don't ever...
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    Re: First time Grafting

    You should go to your local chain drug store and buy some strong reading glasses. I'm over 50 and I use 2.25 for reading but 3.25 for grafting. I'm impressed that you got as good a take as you did...
  25. Re: Cost share available in Northeast for northern bred queens

    Mike-
    1. I don't care if people use fumidil or any other drug treatment. More variation between different beekeepers would lead to more insights as to what will work to keep our bees alive.
    I...
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