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    Re: Video of four bees grooming one bee

    I think this is probably right, although there's none of the more telling sting threat behaviour. I've thought that the behaviour (during robbing) is geared to the aquisition of hive scent.

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    Re: New Neonics Study

    The source papers are here - though you can only read abstracts without subscription:

    Sébastien C. Kessler, Erin Jo Tiedeken, Kerry L. Simcock, Sophie Derveau, Jessica Mitchell, ...
  3. Re: Conventional Beekeepers Bashing on Treatment Free Beekeepers

    That's a really good point.

    Mike (UK)
  4. Re: Conventional Beekeepers Bashing on Treatment Free Beekeepers

    Well, yes, but I'm trying to get at your reasons. If you want to grow a wider range of crops you have to sweeten the soil. Liming is the time tested, cheapest way to do that. Its been done (it has...
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    Surely its no dearer than any other option Andrew? (Your own wood ash won't make much of a dent on a significant acreage...?) I can't see what is bad about it?

    What is it about your area that...
  6. Re: Conventional Beekeepers Bashing on Treatment Free Beekeepers

    Andrew,

    The tf forum has always needed defending against people who, for one reason or another, undermine it's central purpose. Discussion of treatments here does just that - it turns it into a...
  7. Re: Conventional Beekeepers Bashing on Treatment Free Beekeepers

    Only if the workers don't sniff them out first, uncap the cell and dispose of them. Or groom their parents off their hosts before they get a chance to reproduce, or somehow inhibit reproduction in...
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    I have 52 (likely 51) living hives, in various states of thrive... but yes, in theory 100 or more is doable.

    Soon up will be questions about the best way to do it while trying to minimise honey...
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    Yes. As predicted, probably most are dying from accumulating varroa numbers that they're managing well enough to last a year or two, then succumbing. Some may be simply old queens/succession...
  10. Re: Any studies on multiple controls for Varroa

    Interesting, thanks Erik
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    The records were deleted when the bees died Alistair. The spreadsheet contains only information about living bees.

    I may have some old copies of the spreadsheet on the back of a clipboard from...
  12. Re: Any studies on multiple controls for Varroa

    I'm not sure I follow your previous then Erik:

    "4. Genetics - big differences with nearby managed hives, as you might expect."

    That 'nearby' not so nearby?


    I agree - with special attention...
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    How have you got on with your bought queens Roland?

    Mike (UK)
  14. Re: Any studies on multiple controls for Varroa

    I've often felt Seeley too willing to draw conclusions that suit his own theories. For example here it might that was the available nest site size. Tree cavities (which I imagine are the only nest...
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    Please don't feel you have to apologise Dragisa! I'm trying to find out what it is you find interesting about this paper, and my method is to argue - in the hope that will be constructive. Arguing...
  16. Re: Any studies on multiple controls for Varroa

    Its often -usually even - the case that terms are arrived at in a way that suits the needs of particular parties. What I'm saying here is that this way of using these terms doesn't suit...
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    Well, yes, but you can say that about many other things, some of them unmanageably complex to ordinary folk. In general terms, looking at the details can easily make it harder to see the big picture...
  18. Re: Any studies on multiple controls for Varroa

    What you are likely to demonstrate is that no bee in existence can endure without human help in your sort of setting. That doesn't take anything away from the efforts of resistance breeders, whose...
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    Yes, as and when known. At present the emphasis is on number building, not close tracking. I'm counting hives that have thrived multiyear as successful, regardless of whether they might have...
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    I think you're absolutely right Andrew. But the line between 'control' and 'treatment' is not at all clear to me. It seems to me they are interchangeable terms. Both 'control'. Both 'treat' a...
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    I broke a finger badly in February (while making guess what?) and have been largely out of action on the income side. This was one of many casualties. On the plus side I've learned to play...
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    Sorry, each little group is a comparison, the compound of which is supposed to be a final figure I can use. So above I changed the Age factor by one year, keeping the rest the same, and the result...
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    I'll probably requeen some duffers, though I don't suppose I'll have time for mitecounts.
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    SP,

    I think all I did was post a kind of thinkpiece, with this (from a spreadsheet - imagine the figures line up nicely..):

    Queen Selection

    Age 2 1
    Yield 3 3
    Origin 2 2
    12 6
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    No, I can ease the most significant one out by being more effective at pollination - I came in because I undertook to work at being more effective. The only significant other beekeeper I'm hoping to...
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