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    Re: Mosquito Control is a Killer!!

    @Michael Bush

    I wholeheartedly agree, these blanket sprays do more harm than good - not even counting all the side-effects, it is ineffective at it's one stated goal - to reduce the mosquito...
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    Re: is this chalk brood?

    Couldn't "not eating during times of plenty" be a sign of nosema infection? If they don't take straight syrup, maybe try HBH or another feeding stimulant.
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    That's not how splitting reduces varroa, as the "per capita" varroa level is what is important, and if all splitting did were to spread it out, it wouldn't be effective in the slightest. The...
  4. Bees more important than fertilizer to crop size.

    Saw this tagline over at Science Daily, thought I would share:

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140610101516.htm

    Interesting topic, I think they might be overselling it a bit,...
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    Re: genetically engineered honeybees

    Did you actually read the article you asked me to find for you, or were you just waiting for your chance to speak again?

    Congratulations on cherry-picking a quote which seems, on the surface, to...
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    Re: genetically engineered honeybees

    Here is a decent overview of epigenetic heritability:
    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168952514000584

    Of particular relevance in this case is what they present as...
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    Re: genetically engineered honeybees

    Well, saying that RNAi has no long lasting effect, period, is not technically accurate, which is why I made the distinction. RNAi targeted against the right genes can induce apoptosis (programmed...
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    Re: genetically engineered honeybees

    As hesitant as I am to get involved in an ongoing shouting match, there does seem to be one point that needs to be clarified here, since PLB and WLC seem to be arguing two tangental points to each...
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    Re: Newly published Harvard study on neonics

    While I have immense respect for Randy, and have read his information almost religiously, I do have one small problem with his panning of this particular study. One of the main points of his...
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    Re: Newly published Harvard study on neonics

    Even if my hypothesis about "bioaccumulation" in the brood comb is not accurate, I still think an overreliance on testing only properly administered "field level" neonic may be missing the point. ...
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    Re: Newly published Harvard study on neonics

    @Nabber
    "Bioaccumulation occurs in living organisms not inanimate objects such as brood wax."

    Seeing brood wax as a simple inanimate object is a rather simplistic way of looking at it. Many...
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    Re: Newly published Harvard study on neonics

    I fail to see why people are concentrating on the lack of nosema testing for his one dead control hive - who cares? He had one reported fatality in a control hive, it either was nosema or it wasn't,...
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    Re: Newly published Harvard study on neonics

    They do reference an examination of the total RNA pools " In addition, a recent re-analysis of genomic data previously generated from RNA pools of CCD colonies has also excluded the association of...
  14. Thread: Extractors

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    Re: Extractors

    So what about the hobbyist who doesn't particularly care about making a profit (or even their money back) on hives, nor do they ever intend to have enough hives to justify an 18-frame extractor, but...
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    Re: Large Drone drift? (I'm hoping)

    The location of the cells, for one thing - there are only a couple and in the middle of frames when there is ample room on the bottom to build queen cups if they were doing a planned swarm. I know...
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    Re: Large Drone drift? (I'm hoping)

    @Michael - it's mostly worker brood, just starting to see some drone cells now.

    But recent developments are making a drone rich surrounding area a lot more desirable, I opened up the hive quickly...
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    Re: Large Drone drift? (I'm hoping)

    Thanks for the link Radar, here's one of recent brood, with some capped brood. The open brood looks pretty healthy, and though the cells are distinct, it doesn't look to me like they are...
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    Re: Large Drone drift? (I'm hoping)

    Thanks again Enjambres, good stuff.

    I was sort of worried that a collapsing (possibly laying worker) hive in the area was spitting off it's drones and my ladies had decided to adopt them, bringing...
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    Large Drone drift? (I'm hoping)

    Opened up my hive to check and see if the first brood from my queen had started emerging and to open the entrance reducer up to the medium setting, and was surprised to see that the drone population...
  20. Question for Massachusetts Beekeepers - Re: Bears

    How far east in Mass. have people had problems with bears, anybody east of 495 had problems?
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    Re: package question

    Yeah me too, from what I've heard the quality can vary quite a bit year to year, some years the packages are good, some years you're better off with a nuc, but picked mine up from Rick at nebees a...
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    Re: package question

    That's where my first package came from (installed Apr. 7th), they started strong and lasted through a nasty cold snap with no issues. Queen seems productive, all in all I'm very happy with this...
  23. Re: New Package bees vs. Return of the Polar Vortex

    @enjambres
    Thank you for the detailed response. Yes I still have a feeder on them (though I downgraded from 1 Gal to a quart can, since the deep is now filled and I'm using an empty medium as the...
  24. Re: New Package bees vs. Return of the Polar Vortex

    @ginko
    Yeah in retrospect they probably could have gotten on fine building out the last couple frames in the medium, but the weather forecast here was pretty poor, and didn't foresee just how cold...
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    Re: Bee Plants for beginners

    Beesource has a whole section on it, not specifically devoted to beginners, but there's some good discussions in there (the gardens/plantings for bees section).

    Personally, I'm trying to plant...
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