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  1. Re: Just setup trap-out when a QUEEN flies back from mating ! (video)

    You need to be sure the queen has mated before you close her in.
  2. Re: Just setup trap-out when a QUEEN flies back from mating ! (video)

    Nice video
    Don't assume it was a mating flight as a virgin queen takes a number of orientation flights before taking one or more mating flights.
    Another possibility is a supersedure so there could...
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    Mike, I suggest you contact Kate yourself and she will be glad to answer your questions.
    Her work has ruffled a lot of feathers. You are just the latest.

    Occupied in summer followed by not...
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    There were no bees there when she checked in the winter in spite of the fact that most of the people she dealt with swore that the colonies had been there for 20 years etc.

    A cavity which has been...
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    Re: Drone congregation Area

    In a mating Apiary I would have 10-12 colonies and each one would have a couple of drone combs.
    Mid summer each colony would have several thousand drones.
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    Yep I get haplodiploid genetics but you cannot provide evidence that your 'feral' colonies are long standing as opposed to recently escaped swarms.
    Wishful thinking is not evidence.
    Kate Thompson...
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    Re: Drone congregation Area

    My observations coincide with those of MBC. I keep Amm in Ireland and I have observed mating flights taking place in the apiary itself at several different apiaries. Some fly to congregation areas...
  8. Re: Can Deformed Wing Virus affect other species?

    And this one

    Disease associations between honeybees and bumblebees as a threat to wild pollinators
    Nature
    506, 364–366 (20 February 2014)

    M. A. Fürst,
    D. P. McMahon, ...
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    All the beginners who lose swarms say that. It is a mixture of inexperience at estimating colony strength and a failure to mark and then identify queens on each colony inspection.
    When I hear this,...
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    Maybe so in some places but Kate demonstrated that most UK ferals are recently escaped swarms. Some so called long standing colonies even had marked queens! She found it very difficult to find feral...
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    Sounds more like you maybe had swarms and there was a brood break while the colonies requeened.
    Queens do not ever stop laying for 2 months under UK conditions.

    I keep Amm and I find a queen can...
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    Re: It finally happened... varroa..

    Mite problems generally become very visible at this time of year.
    As a rule of thumb,mite numbers double every month.
    A foundress mite looks for a cell to enter.
    In mid summer there will be tens...
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    Re: Queen in cage for 7 days.

    They are capable of feeding a queen in a cage for a week then killing her the moment she is released.
    Why did you think the hive was queenless?
    Did you put in a frame of eggs/small larvae to see if...
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    Re: Please Stop...

    Most bee forums I read are the same.
    A newbie starts to post, gets his first colony of bees a couple of months later, racks up 2000+ posts then starts to tell everyone else how to do it.
    The UK...
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    Re: Something went very wrong, very fast ...

    The colonies may have collapsed due to the mite/virus load they were carrying.
    I presume you were worried about mites if you were sugar dusting and sugar dusting is a very ineffective way to control...
  16. Re: Upset neighbors. Must part with or move my hives.

    It's not really fair to keep a 'hot' hive in an area where people are likely to get stung.
    In what sense is a hive like this a great hive. It would be better requeened for the sake of your...
  17. Re: Will Robber bees kill capped queen cells in a finisher hive?

    I use both queenless and queenright colonies to raise cells.
    A queen from a grafted cell is unlikely to emerge 2 days early assuming the timings given are correct. One day early is quite possible....
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    Re: Newly published Harvard study on neonics

    Which claim in the article do you challenge and consider to be a smoke screen?
  19. Re: I really like this song by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

    There is a lot of Jim Morrison in Nick Cave's music.
    Excellent song.
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    Re: Newly published Harvard study on neonics

    Convincingly demonstrates that insecticide kills insects when added in large amounts to sugar syrup.
  21. Re: First grafting was poor. Common mistakes??

    Was there a cold night?
    The bees may have tightened up in a cluster allowing the cells to chill.
    Rough handling for the 4 days after the cells are capped can also cause problems as the larva is...
  22. Re: Before swarm, when does the old queen quit laying?

    Give them space up above to move stores around and they will clear the brood nest area themselves.
    Alternately you could remove some frames of stores and replace with drawn comb.
  23. Re: Will a virgin queen lay before taking a mating flight?

    3 weeks is not set in stone but a queen which starts laying after 4 weeks will generally be a drone layer.
    You get the odd one which takes 4 weeks and then starts to lay normally but mostly they are...
  24. Re: kill all my queens in production hives for maximum production?

    A hive with a laying queen seems to forage far more intensely than a hive with a virgin or a queen cell.
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Sorry, I thought they were on a site somewhere.
    May or not be an accurate account then.
    The stuff from the Sussex website is probably a better starting place.
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