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  1. Re: How to prevent wax moth from destroying wax foundations

    Sounds risky if one of the active hives weakens for some reason.
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    Re: Importance of Honeybees

    Bees are a bigger industry than the $40-billion-dollar+ poultry industry? I would like to see where those figures came from.

    EDIT: From a reference on Karen Rennich's blog on Beeinformed.org
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    Re: YS Organic Honey? Is it a scam?

    because inorganic sugar has too much residual ash or solids?
    I think that is the reason.
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    Re: Insects feel pain?

    How about this explanation which is purely conjecture on my part.

    Instincts are the result of a long process of evolution. Birds flew. Some birds flew south, some north, some other directions,...
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    Re: YS Organic Honey? Is it a scam?

    This page shows that their honey is Certified USDA Organic: http://www.ysorganic.com/organic.html

    Who certifies your products?
    Independent Agencies - O.C.I.A. USDA/NOP Program
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    Re: Insects feel pain?

    Yes. I never was arguing that insects do not feel pain, or that the even have some crude level of intelligence. My only points have been:



    There is a big difference between instincts and...
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    Re: Insects feel pain?

    I agree with the earthworm feeling pain, because it basically gets impaled through it's body. Even through fish are higher up the evolutionary ladder, and are more likely to have a better sense of...
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    Re: Insects feel pain?

    Eduardo, I see you are new to the board. Welcome to BeeSource. One thing to note is that threads tend to evolve (a lot) and can end up going in several different directions at once. Intelligence,...
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    Re: Insects feel pain?

    There are thousands of Zipfian distributions including the population of cities, length of rivers, masses of planets, web traffic, TV ratings, earthquake magnitude. It simply means that if you plot...
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    Re: Insects feel pain?

    That's called a Zipfian distribution and it applies to a lot of data sets, not just language. It is just one example of an inverse power distribution and has nothing to do with intelligence.
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    Re: How Mushrooms can Save the World (Bees)

    But is supports the immune system and provides detoxification.
    :rolleyes:
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    Re: Insects feel pain?

    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=instinct+vs+reflex



    :digging::digging::digging:
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    Re: How Mushrooms can Save the World (Bees)

    I have been following Paul Stamets fairly closely since about 1985. I also have one of his other books; Growing Medicinal and Gourmet Mushrooms. Watching him build his website...
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    Re: Insects feel pain?

    I think we have just identified the problem here. I am done with this exchange for reasons of ignorance and gross failure of logic. Good night.
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    Re: Can a noob take care of 60 hives?

    I think the critical piece of information that is missing here, unless I missed it, is how many acres of almonds does the OP have in the orchard. That would dictate how many hives would be...
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    Re: Insects feel pain?

    Uh no. Blinking is an involuntary muscle reaction, not an instinct. Just as your heart beating is an involuntary muscle movement due to electrical impulses from your nervous system; not an instinct.
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    Re: Insects feel pain?

    Well i think can all agree that there are instincts and there are learned behaviors. As long as somebody isn't claiming that instincts are a learned behavior (as I think wcnewby was trying to...
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    Re: Insects feel pain?

    I agree, but we all know, hopefully, that there is a big is a different between cognitive ability and instinct (regardless of where instinct comes from). Surely you don't believe that instinct is a...
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    Re: Insects feel pain?

    No, we cannot agree that animals "want" to stay alive. Animals do not possess that level of cognitive ability.

    Humans recognizing (reason) that death is inevitable, so they want to live. We...
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    Re: Insects feel pain?

    I kept a saltwater reef tank for 15 years. The reason that you do water change outs is to reduce the nutrient load so the fish are not poisoned by their own waste products (ammonia, nitrite,...
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    Re: Insects feel pain?

    That is ridicules. Gazelles, or any other animal, run on instinct. They do not need to feel the "pain" from a lion's claw to learn to run.
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    Re: How Mushrooms can Save the World (Bees)

    And then you have your ants that farm fungus:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant%E2%80%93fungus_mutualism
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    Re: How Mushrooms can Save the World (Bees)

    Paul is a little over the top as to the power of mushrooms and what they can accomplish (they are not going to cure cancer or save the world). But he did pioneer and "bible" for home mushroom...
  24. Re: How can you the honey you are buying is not adulterated?

    Step 2 - Don't buy a national honey brand at WalMart or Aldi.
  25. Re: How can you the honey you are buying is not adulterated?

    Step 1 - Don't by honey from Africa, or Asia for that matter.

    That would probably solve 90% of the problem.
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