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    Re: The Case Against Imidicloprid

    Almond orchard or sunflower field, either is still a monoculture or close to it.
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    Re: Silver hive paint ?

    Mann Lake sells aluminum paint, described as "reflective aluminum." It's listed on page 41 of the 2013 catalog.
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    Re: Spraying of Glyphophate

    Your answer is already here, but I'll say it again: the direct toxicity of glyphosate to bees is low.

    However, I consider the consequences of glyphosate and 2,4-D and other herbicide use more...
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    Re: vertical vs. horizontal movement

    But logical thinking progresses from experience. If not the direct experience of the thinker, indirect experience imparted by others.
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    Re: vertical vs. horizontal movement

    In all seriousness, bees seem eager enough to move up in my experience that they will move up and forego drawing out and filling the comb in the outermost frames of a box to start drawing comb above...
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    Re: vertical vs. horizontal movement

    I think in the same post the recommendation was made that knowledge should come before experience. Where does knowledge come from if not from experience?
  7. Re: Finding laws about bee keeping for certain towns/cities

    A guy in one of the towns around here wanted to keep some quail in town. The town has ordinances against almost every animal (including bees), and some specifically against chickens, poultry and...
  8. Re: Finding laws about bee keeping for certain towns/cities

    Based on the generalities in that "dangerous animal" ordinance, I think you may find out just how they enforce it the first time you run into a problem. Of course, then it's already too late.

    Why...
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    Re: The Case Against Imidicloprid

    Sure, but from corn (maize)? From everything I've observed, they only seem to collect significant amounts of corn pollen in times of desperation. Your observations suggest that my generalization...
  10. Re: Eye witness to colony collapse: Bee-farmer loses 2,000 hives in one month

    Why doesn't that same apply to aphids, then? Aphids are insects, too, and closer to termites than bees are (although aphids and termites still belong to different orders), and aphids are one of the...
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    Re: The Case Against Imidicloprid

    Difference in location may explain a lot here. Corn tassels and produces pollen during a window of about two weeks each year around here. And enough other flowers are usually in bloom during that...
  12. Thread: Nordic bees

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    Re: Nordic bees

    Most folks in the north like to think that their winters are as bad as they get. Even if you believe yours are the worst winters, bees might not think so. I struggled more with overwintering when I...
  13. Thread: Nordic bees

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    Re: Nordic bees

    I'm not aware of any subspecies/race/strain that would qualify as "Nordic." The farthest north races naturally occurring in Europe were A. mellifera mellifera, the "German" race; A. m. acervorum; and...
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    Re: The Case Against Imidicloprid

    I was considering it from the standpoint of the number of cells in a bee, not the number of molecules. You're right.

    Of course, that all assumes perfect solubility, perfect transfer of molecules...
  15. Thread: Neonic facts

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    Re: Neonic facts

    I've taken bigger losses this winter than I ever have, but I knew it was coming. Fall flowers ended blooming here by the second week of September, and freeze-up didn't really set in until the middle...
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    Re: The Case Against Imidicloprid

    How so? Are you suggesting that the bees are carrying all of the residual pesticides out of the hives with them in their bodies?
  17. Thread: Neonic facts

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    Re: Neonic facts

    I don't doubt or question the toxicity of neonicotinoids in bees or other insects.

    I do question how long neonicotinoids persist in the soil and in plants. Aphids feeding on crops that have been...
  18. Re: Eye witness to colony collapse: Bee-farmer loses 2,000 hives in one month

    Bear in mind that termites are not all that closely related to bees or ants. Eusociality ("true" social organization that includes different specialized castes within the colony) evolved multiple...
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    Re: The Case Against Imidicloprid

    Fascinating stuff. Do you have any sources that suggest that such bioaccumulation can occur? The chemicals that tend to bioaccumulate are often not as water-soluble as the neonicotinoids are. If it...
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    Re: Neonic facts

    Those comments are worth repeating. That one line, "Monoculture is a disaster for bee nutrition," is a variant on what I keep repeating in my head when I'm scouting new yard locations.

    More than...
  21. Re: Why is it that a common fly can live through winter but a Hive cant ???

    Mortality over the winter is high for many insects. But if many of an insect species go into the winter, plenty will survive.
  22. Re: Loss of wild insects hurts crops around the world

    My understanding is that a lot of the guys are skipping the permitting process. I believe it makes the ineligible for certain federal crop programs if they do, but most are going ahead right now.
  23. Re: Loss of wild insects hurts crops around the world

    At an increasing rate around here. Shelterbelts are being torn out as quickly as possible, drain tile is going in. In a town not far from here, two full city blocks are stacked full of plastic drain...
  24. Thread: Neonic facts

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    Re: Summer bees vs winter bees?

    Exactly.

    In an "evolutionary arms race," plants that are damaged by insects evolve by relying on adaptations to reduce the damage done by herbivores. Some plants grow extra hairs, some produce...
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    Re: two questions about comb

    Were you using a comb guide in the foundationless frames?
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