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  1. Re: How to stimulate colony build up in the spring?

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  2. Re: What species did Apis Mellifera displace in North America?

    Why is nectar sweet? This is not a trick question.

    Nectar is sweet because flowers are in competition for pollinator visits. The plants are intense competition with each other to attract the...
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    Re: Some incoming fresh pollen

    Last Week at my Morro Bay apiary
    http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d175/jchesnut1/IMG_1398_zpsc1a37917.jpg
    Delairea odorata...
  4. Re: Positive strategies for the migratory vs. hobby conflict

    That particular location has been a winter staging/ holding yard for decades, so it must work. There are about 15k hives in a four mile stretch. One or two truckloads per turn-in. Drops are by a...
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    Re: Foundation-less frames: my experience

    datsdajoke,
    the plus/minus value is one standard deviation in the data, this range is intrinsic to the data being reported, not selected by the researcher. The p-value is the probability of the...
  6. Re: What species did Apis Mellifera displace in North America?

    Good paper to start your research with:
    http://homepages.neiu.edu/~jkasmer/Biol498D/Readings/b04thomson2004.pdf

    Dr. Gordon Frankie runs a Native Bee Lab out of Berkeley. Has lots of fantastic...
  7. Re: Positive strategies for the migratory vs. hobby conflict

    A drop today in my county.
    http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d175/jchesnut1/IMG_1589_zpsadee5113.jpg
  8. Re: What species did Apis Mellifera displace in North America?

    In Western North America, there are about 1600 species of native bees (bumblebees, cactus bees, mason bees, etc).
    These do not store honey or overwinter as social colonies. The vast majority...
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    Re: African hive inspection

    On Oct 1, I posted a link to a youtube by a Kenya beekeeping cooperative. Reposting. The video is worth watching in its entireity, or skip in the harvest section at 5:30 -- but you miss the...
  10. Positive strategies for the migratory vs. hobby conflict

    I am fortunate enough to live (and raise bees) is a temperate seacoast in Calif. Migratory hives pour into the county in November in preparation for Almond pollination a short haul back into the...
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    Re: African hive inspection

    Youse really thin skinned. The Dee Lusby comment was a joke. That is spelled J.O.K.E. Its called humor. Folks that are not hyper-defensive all the time appreciate it. Perhaps the...
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    Re: African hive inspection

    Frame grabs from the North King Inspection video of Dee Lusby AHB.

    http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d175/jchesnut1/NorthKingsInspectionWMV-YouTube-1_zps5dd38af8.jpg...
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    Re: African hive inspection

    I see South Africa picked up some of Dee Lusby's nucs and brought them back to the continent.
  14. Re: Substituting Vinegar for Water in Sugar Bricks More Likely To Cause Robbing?

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    Nutrition and health in honey bees*
    Robert Brodschneider, Karl Crailsheim

    An adult honey bee worker needs about
    4 mg of utilizable sugars per day for survival
    (Barker and Lehner, 1974)....
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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    No, because in the real world r and N exist in a Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium. In the wild, drones are always a mix of r and N alleles. The fertilized daughters of a pure VSH homozygous x wild...
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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    Juhani
    Bees colonies carry forward really remarkable heterogeneity as a population. That is the basis of their evolutionary success. There will be background recessive heterozygotes and any wild...
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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    No. A "rr x Dr" crossing yields a mendelian ratio of rr at 50%. For bees the expression in F1 corresponds to the frequency of heterozygotes among the mothers of the drones x 0.5. If 1 of 10...
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    Re: Monsanto (Bayer) and Bees

    This is a good two page description of the "bad actors" in Illinois prairie
    http://www.rtrcwma.org/grassland.pdf

    You will note that many of these are bee forage. Bees (as European emigrants)...
  19. Re: Substituting Vinegar for Water in Sugar Bricks More Likely To Cause Robbing?

    Yes. Vinegar causes robbing in syrup. Full Stop.\
    My region doesn't have a severe winter, and foraging flights continue all year.

    (Edited to remove rant about the pH adjustment meme, as this...
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    Re: sluggish bees falling off frames

    I would also agree with Jim. The paralytic virus (IAPV, Chronic Bee Paralysis) exhibit as passive bees. Queenlessness is caused by virus as frequently as newbees rolling her. In IAPV infections...
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    Re: Bees and Vineyards

    Rich,
    The vineyard issue is fundamentally one of a winery landscape being a "bee desert". The forage strip is killed by Roundup as soon as the irrigation demand comes on (May). After that there...
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    Re: sluggish bees falling off frames

    Queenless hives go through two stages:
    For the initial two to three (four) weeks they are "hot" on the comb, buzzing and loud. Michael Palmer recently uploaded a video of just this behavior. He...
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    Re: Bees and Vineyards

    Yup.
    Vineyards at risk for Pierce's disease via the Glassy Wing Sharpshooter use NeoNics in chem-irrigation. Compound is the Imidacloprid.
    Vineyards use organophosphates (Chlorypyrifos) in...
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    Re: Foundation-less frames: my experience

    The paper Eduardo Gomes cites is freely available on the internet: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/file/index/docid/891902/filename/hal-00891902.pdf

    Dr. Seeley's study involved 10 hives for 3...
  25. Re: Ulster Hive - Mann Lake or Brushy Mountain?

    My Ulster style hive is home-made, but has two features I like --

    1). The top fits on any random wood nuc box. This means that any and every nuc can be strategically appointed "observation...
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