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  1. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Very nice. You've put your finger on the same issues that I see in the Philadelphia area, same dynamics. But you have data, too. We're not that together, yet. Thanks for taking the lead on this stuff.
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    Re: Critique Please - Swarm Infographic

    I would say something like, "They've left their old home, and they're waiting for their scouts to find them a new one. It might take a few hours or so, and meanwhile they're contented to hang out."
  3. Dadant, First Lessons (Italianizing an Apiary)

    I was pointed to a pdf copy of the 1918 edition of C. P. Dadant, First Lessons in Beekeeping, available from this BioBees page.

    With all the effort these days at finding feral bees (possible AMM...
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    Re: How Mushrooms can Save the World (Bees)

    This is a recent video, where Paul Stamets talks about noticing that bee collected "sweat droplets" from a mycelium patch where he was growing mushrooms, and his theory that they get antiviral...
  5. Re: Bees hanging out on neighbors porch--what to do ?

    Maybe you could take the plastic box over to the hives? if there's something in it or on it that attracts them...
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    Re: Zombees in Pennsylvania

    No, but I've never noticed bees flying out of a hive towards a light at night. Have you? It's one of the three research questions listed on the BeeWatch page linked to above, so it's evidently a...
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    Re: Zombees in Pennsylvania

    Flying toward the light is a symptom, a lag-effect of infestation.

    Take a look at the ZomBee Watch project's collecting technique, basically a light over a bucket, which gets them a sample of...
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    Zombees in Pennsylvania

    Just in time for Halloween, researchers in San Francisco confirmed the suspicions of a beekeeper in Mountain Top, PA, that bees in her area were infested with phorid fly larvae, Apocephalis borealis....
  9. American Foul Brood, paenilamicins and paenilarvins

    Here's a story about two scientific studies on how American Foul Brood works, and possibly how it may be cured. German researchers found enzyme molecules -- paenilamicins -- used by AFB to destroy...
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    Re: Microbial ecology - HOW?

    Yes, I do. A lot of us remember, probably. Another beekeeper with better access to scholarly publications passed the article to me, and we all recognize the significance.

    So, do you think this...
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    Re: Microbial ecology - HOW?

    Here's a new citation, from Nancy Moran's lab in Connecticut.

    "Routes of acquisition of the gut microbiota of Apis mellifera." Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Doi:10.1128/AEM.01861-14,...
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    Re: Microbial ecology - HOW?

    For anyone following these threads about microflora in bees, here's a new study:

    "How sweet it is: Honey bee bacteria help break down carbohydrates. First metatranscriptome of bee gut finds 19...
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    Re: NY Times OpEd Piece on Colony Collapse Disorder

    Yes, that's getting to be a problem, with all sorts of writers jumping on the band-wagon writing about things they only half-understand. I don't know much about Mark Winston, but the credentials...
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    Re: NY Times OpEd Piece on Colony Collapse Disorder

    :scratch: Okay, I haven't been reading all the threads here. Are we talking "average" as in, some queens don't ever lay well (so effectively are dead from the start), others are superseded within...
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    Re: NY Times OpEd Piece on Colony Collapse Disorder

    I wrote something about this NYTimes op-ed for a different forum (a local group of beekeepers):


    The article covers important topics, but it's badly written and I think the underlying argument is...
  16. Re: papers provide conclusive evidence that the pesticides are causing the mass death

    After this discussion, I was interested to read BlueRidgeBee's Notes from a talk by Dr. Jeff Pettis, Beltsville Bee Lab given in North Carolina. From the Q&A:
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    Re: Honey Container Prices

    Pour your hot tea or coffee in, swish it around with the last of the honey, pour it back into the cup and drink. And personally, I'd much rather do that out of glass than plastic.
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    Re: Pollinator Numbers are Up

    Here's another article, "White House Task Force To Save Bees Stirs Hornet's Nest," which also gives a link to a list of lobbyists who've registered as having an interest in one bill, "H.R.2692:...
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    Re: Pollinator Numbers are Up

    It's highly doubtful that the two congressmen actually wrote it. Maybe they had their staffers look it over, but almost certainly the article was written by someone in a lobbying company.

    In...
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    Re: Pollinator Numbers are Up

    The title is misleading, or revealing. There are thousands of species of pollinators besides Apis Melifera.
  21. Re: papers provide conclusive evidence that the pesticides are causing the mass death

    Thanks, BlueDiamond, for that picture. I believe it. We've visited through that area, on our way to a family reunion in Zenith, Kansas -- but we didn't try camping in any ditches. :)

    I posted a...
  22. Re: papers provide conclusive evidence that the pesticides are causing the mass death

    Yes, I get that. My question is more about beekeepers. How do we recognize the difficulties, and still have civil, productive discussions? On the whole, BeeSource does give us a forum where we can...
  23. Re: papers provide conclusive evidence that the pesticides are causing the mass death

    Why does it have to be so divisive? :scratch:

    I ask that seriously. I know in a general way, but on the face of it you'd think we're the ones who are best-informed and most motivated to work out...
  24. Re: papers provide conclusive evidence that the pesticides are causing the mass death

    The link goes to "Circle Seven Honey and Pollination - For all your pollination needs"

    First paragraph:


    We are no longer pollinating conventionally farmed products due to losses from...
  25. Re: papers provide conclusive evidence that the pesticides are causing the mass death

    "Embargoed" just means it was due for publication, and until then they asked news organizations that were aware of it (and may have had advance copies) to hold off reporting on it. June 24th was a...
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