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    Re: Bees criteria to choose queen larvae

    Sorry, I can't find a link for the entire paper. I downloaded the pdf a while ago. Anyway, to answer your question, they determined worker subfamilies' frequencies and distribution by genotyping...
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    Re: Bees criteria to choose queen larvae

    Simple enough... because when you graft, you place those grafts in cups which are upside down. They mimic swarm cells or supercedure cells laid by the queen, they are not worker larva in worker...
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    Re: Bees criteria to choose queen larvae

    I just want to make a couple things clear about the royal allele hypothesis. I first heard about it in a lecture given by Dave Tarpy - on the ABF website a while back. I then did more research....
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    Dark (shiny) bees that fly well (foragers) are often robbers. Why are they dark? From all the fights they have engaged in the past, their lighter colored hairs have been constantly plucked/bitten...
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    Re: Bees criteria to choose queen larvae

    Royal allele hypothesis. Could often play a role in emergency queens. Some of my past cut down splits have produced incredible queens. However, if the first queen out is a dud, then all bets are...
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    Ah, another " my hive died, what happened?" autumnal thread.

    I am not treatment free, but I don't treat that regularly and when I do I use low doses oxalic and thymol, the natural treatments and I...
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    Re: Anyone here used this mite treatment ?

    Flumethrin is also the active ingredient in Bayvarol - made by Bayer, a German company. A Bulgarian company sells the same product called Varostop. Flumethrin is very common in Europe.

    I have...
  8. Thread: How many queens

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    Re: How many queens

    My bad. You're right, you have an entire season to grow these hives, which increases your probability of making decent increase. But, it will be difficult. I think going from 5 hives to 100 2-frame...
  9. Thread: How many queens

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    Re: How many queens

    I am a beginner, been beekeeping since 2012. Started with 4 hives, have sixteen now. I tried various methods of increase - walk away, cut down, mda/OTS, and now grafting. I too have a mild winter....
  10. Re: OAV Residues and Reversing deeps/manipulating frames

    Daniel Y - thanks for your insights. They correspond to my observations as well, especially since I frequently open the broodnest, which delays honey storage - the bees are too busy drawing wax and...
  11. OAV Residues and Reversing deeps/manipulating frames

    Quick question.

    I winter in single deeps. If I use OAV on those singles, will there be any residues on those frames long term?

    My concern is that as I pyramid up frames when I add a second, or...
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    Re: drone die-off puzzling

    Karen, sorry for the typo, I did mean to write DWV - deformed wing virus. You can see that in some of the drones I picked up. But yes, I'm guessing it could be either hygienic or just a reaction to...
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    Re: drone die-off puzzling

    Are you at the end of a flow or between nectar flows?

    Same thing happened to me last year, at the end of a flow, but as far as I can tell, not this year. This year the primary Spring/build up...
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    Re: Tracheal Mites - are they even an issue now?

    I live in Greece and I think I recently had Tracheal mites in three related, side by side hives. Lots of crawlers, K wings, but no bee droppings (so not nosema). Could have also been CPBV.

    This...
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    Re: Mediterranean Region - Flow of Nectar

    I'm on an island too, near sea level. I just finished raising some fall queens.

    Fall heather is done, not much nectar but lots of pollen. Bermuda buttercup (Oxalis pes caprae) is about to bloom....
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    Re: Jenter - eating my eggs

    M Bush is right.

    By the way, I'm in Greece too. In Kefalonia. I started beekeeping last year, late May, with 4 hives. I now have ten. I started raising queens (king = vasilias, queen =...
  17. Thread: multiple eggs

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    Re: multiple eggs

    I checked after leaving the hive alone for some time, hoping that it was just an over eager queen.

    No luck. All drone brood (dome caps) in worker cells. You were right Michael. The queen...
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    Re: Maintain Workforce post/pre swarm

    David - too late, already did it and found out the hard way. Ugh, was that a lot of bees at the bottom deep. It still didn't occur to me that I should have separated the brood boxes first until I...
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    Re: Maintain Workforce post/pre swarm

    Thanks Andrew and David.

    David, I was actually born and raised in the US, I recently moved to Greece - my English is much better than my Greek!

    Anyhow... I went thru this hive frame by frame....
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    Maintain Workforce post/pre swarm

    I checked one of my hives today and I was about to add a third deep.

    Population was large, two full deeps - but unfortunately, I saw swarm cells. I don't have drawn comb, so it seems my bees...
  21. Thread: multiple eggs

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    Re: multiple eggs

    I checked my hive with multiple eggs - still no luck. The frame I introduced on Monday has several capped queen cells, so I did what M. Bush suggested and started a new nuc. I may even cut some q...
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    Re: multiple eggs

    Thanks Michael and Jim for the responses.

    I checked the frame donor hive - luckily, no queen cells. Did some opening of the brood nest as the hive has filled up both deeps and is working on 3...
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    Re: multiple eggs

    I have a similar problem.

    On Monday, I checked a hive that swarmed or superceded - not sure - for eggs, figuring it would be the right time. I didn't see any, so I added a frame of open brood and...
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