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  1. Re: Consequences of climate change on plants, pollination, and bees

    The very long term climate change in North America is increasing aridity leading to prarie grasslands replacing hardword forests in the central portion of the continent. This biome change has...
  2. Re: Consequences of climate change on plants, pollination, and bees

    You know this because you have researched this or are you just repeating some twaddle because it sounds like it should be true?

    As someone who has spent a professional career studying rare plants...
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    Re: Deformed Wings

    DWV predates Varroa in North America. It can be vectored from flower nectar and other sources. Varroa, however, is a very efficient propagator of the virus. Varroa are essentially micro hypodermic...
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    Re: Local Bee Club Loss Survey

    Ray,
    Hobbyist discover mites devastating their colonies in September. In a panic to preserve their investment they try a "treatment". Its too late, the hive is doomed. Treatments are not...
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    Re: Migratory Cover doubles as bottom

    Cut ply at 23 x 16 1/4. Screw to 2x2 on front and back. Add some 3/8" stickers around the top.

    Same piece will be usable top and bottom.

    Drill an entrance hole in box and the bottom piece...
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    Re: Optimal size for swarm traps?

    In this order:
    1. 6 foot Stack of empty boxes on the driveway, put lids between stories and open one box at a time.
    ---- I have caught more than one swarm a day with this arrangement. The scouts...
  7. Re: how much to ask for placing 1-2 hives in a garden?

    It's nice to have an out-yard for splits. However you need access on an ad hoc basis (no pre-calls, limited hours, etc). Its a good way to build friendships. Recognize adding garden ornaments to...
  8. Re: Responsible thing to do - to sting or not to sting?

    Go to an allergist.
    They will do a scratch test for allergy.
    My doctor used 3 serial dilutions of bee and 3 of wasp venom. ( plus some controls).
    The reaction is measured by red swelling forming...
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    Re: Keeping Africanized Bees or not

    Keeping Africanized bees in suburban Phoenix is selfish idiocy. Sure they are "cheap". The risk (and recorded deaths) from AHB often come from the elderly who are unable to escape an unprovoked...
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    Re: Moving a Hive Suggestions...PLEASE :}

    Get a headlamp with a Red Led light. White light will bring out bees, and at night they can be very defensive. Red will not wake them up.
    I use cheap plastic (bathroom style) drywall corner bead to...
  11. Re: Distended abdomens in swarms, a Varroa impact

    I euthanize live hive (nurse ?) bees periodically. Sentimentally, I want the sugar roll test to be accurate, but the alcohol wash produces more Varroa. The euthanize and dissection under a 40x...
  12. Distended abdomens in swarms, a Varroa impact

    I'm watching, in real time, swarm scouts inspect a super on a stack of empties in my drive (best swarm trap ever). One feature that is noticeable as the scouts move in and out the entrance hole is...
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    Interesting and thanks for sharing further detail
    "So the idea that splits are the cause of success kind of falls apart since they are still alive."

    I hypothesized a "virtuous cycle" where going...
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    You read my post correctly. I *do* believe the intellectual author of a theory has the responsibility to validate their hypothesis. This is fundamental to the scientific method. For me, the...
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    Juhani captured my intent more precisely than I could express myself. Small Cell has an enormous problem in that its reported results cannot be reproduced in any consistent fashion. Disentangling...
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    In my experience DWV in the fall is terminal. It is an very easily observed proxy for mite loading and other virii. It predates Varroa in Western Honeybees, so resistance is not...
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    Fusion Power,
    I have an experimental TF apiary. I have run this since returning from Costa Rica in 2002. It is located on an isolated clearing on the slope of a (low) coastal mountain bordering a...
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    My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    Michael Bush's Nebraska apiary is world famous for its ability to avoid Varroa build up. My observation is his methods have been implemented thousands of times by hopeful beekeepers. However,...
  19. Re: Queen promiscuity lowers disease within honeybee colonies

    This was published in 2007, and since that time David Tarpy has completed a series of other publications that take the results even further ....
    Full text including figures at:...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Bispham,
    ((I'm working at a very remote location on a very interesting project of multiple rare species ecology, so will not make cites in this post, and may make errors of interpretation)).

    An...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    For these putative "resistant" alleles to become frequent in the bee population, they must overcome the special and very strong bee mechanisms for normalization of the genome.

    Bees add genetic...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Breeding for resistance is just a special form of managed speciation.

    Unless your model is hybrid broccoli (or Starline bees), where a F1 or F2 cross is made from highly isolated inbred parent...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Mitochondrial DNA doesn't have much to do with genetic diversity except indirectly. It is maternally inherited, extra-nuclear, and non-recombinant.* (aside -- a 1994 paper describes partial mDNA...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    PLB writes: "A large population of ferals has a far greater chance of evolving defense mechanisms, than a small isolated population."

    I think this is a serious misconception ---speciation...
  25. Re: Honeybee Response to Nosema ceranae and Insecticides

    Do you have your accumulated abstracts organized into some sort of Endnote or BibTex database?
    I find your "abstract service" really useful, wish I could access all the references.
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