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  1. Re: LOSS OF POLLEN HOST PLANTS AS KEY FACTOR DRIVING WILD BEE DECLINE

    Just when I thought this thread started out on a good foot, "So far, the identification of the key drivers of decline of bee populations has largely been based on speculation", somebody has to jump...
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    Re: HoneyBees and Appletrees

    My hives are located within a few feet of apple and pear trees. All I can say is you had better keep the trees pruned back, because if left to themselves, the trees will get so heavy with fruit that...
  3. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    I abandoned my saltwater reef aquarium a few years ago; talk about a money pit.

    My definition of a successful hobby beekeeper is to keep 4 to 6 hives and eventually recoup some of my expenses. ...
  4. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Amen to that. Treatment free or not, splits, nucs, and swarm catching are the top three ways to keep your colony numbers up. It is really hard for hobby beeks because they think 1 or 2 hives will...
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    Re: bee yard location?

    If the idea is to shoot the bear, why would you make a lot of noise when approaching with guns? Wont that just scare him off?
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    Re: Battery life with OAV

    You can't carry any gear in a smart car, plus your chances of getting to your bee yard is very low unless it is located in a parking lot.

    If you want to go all-terrain get a UTV with a dump bed...
  7. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    The Fad Factor has a lot to do with. Not just TF, but hobby beekeeping in general.

    I don't have graphs to back it up, but in my opinion, most TF beekeepers = somebody who buys one or two hives,...
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    Re: Less may be more by Mark Winston

    :no:

    He (Mark Wilson) said in the article that more than 120 pesticides are found in the typical hive. That is hyperbolic grandstanding and is a big difference than saying 161 pesticides have...
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    Re: Less may be more by Mark Winston

    RESULTS
    In all field types and flower treatments, there was a maximum of between 35 and 40 seeds per silique. The number of seeds per silique (mean 6 SE) from open and supplementally pollinated...
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    Re: Less may be more by Mark Winston

    “These findings provide the most sophisticated data set available for any species about synergies among pesticides, and between pesticides and disease.”

    What findings? The blogger mentioned a...
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    Re: Battery life with OAV

    I think the only practical solution to the problem is use the battery from a car or truck while it is running, or go to Wallyworld and buy a new deep cycle marine battery and keep it charged between...
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    Re: Battery life with OAV

    Crofter is right, CCA is not the parameter to look at. You need to look at the amp-hour rating of the battery that you are using. Basically a 100 amp-hour rated battery will supply 1 amp for 100...
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    Re: Strip Mine Beekeeping

    I was working at a coal load out facility in Pikeville, KY in 1986. It was the first time that I ever saw bottled water. You couldn't drink the water where we were working because there was too...
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    Re: Strip Mine Beekeeping

    I am wondering what makes radon and mercury more exotic than selenium. They are all naturally occurring.

    :scratch:
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    Re: Strip Mine Beekeeping

    Exactly! It is obvious that you don't know what you are talking about.
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    Re: Strip Mine Beekeeping

    Radon is only a problem only if your basement is excavated in bedrock that releases radon gas. It doesn't get into anything other than your lungs and only that if your basement is poorly ventilate...
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    Re: Strip Mine Beekeeping

    I can get metals analysis for about $25 per individual metal. There is usually a $30 flat fee for digestion before the analysis, but I don't expect you to even begin understand this last bit of...
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    Re: Strip Mine Beekeeping

    The claims that there is some kind of unknown contamination that magically appears in honey from hives that are placed on reclaimed coal mine land. Nobody is claiming that mining does not produce...
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    Re: Strip Mine Beekeeping

    you offer a convoluted shotgun pattern of unrelated selenium issues. Knowing what I know about environmental contamination, I will bet a years worth of salary that you will not find selenium...
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    Re: Strip Mine Beekeeping

    You are making the claims, so it is up to you to provide the references. What *known* contaminants are found on the ground surface and are available for plant uptake at reclaimed coal mine sites?
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    Re: Strip Mine Beekeeping

    I am sensitive to the comments you have made about contamination. Contamination from buried rock? What exactly are you going to test it for? Pyrite? Do you have any idea what you are talking...
  22. Re: How to prevent wax moth from destroying wax foundations

    Sounds risky if one of the active hives weakens for some reason.
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    Re: Importance of Honeybees

    Bees are a bigger industry than the $40-billion-dollar+ poultry industry? I would like to see where those figures came from.

    EDIT: From a reference on Karen Rennich's blog on Beeinformed.org
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    Re: YS Organic Honey? Is it a scam?

    because inorganic sugar has too much residual ash or solids?
    I think that is the reason.
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    Re: Insects feel pain?

    How about this explanation which is purely conjecture on my part.

    Instincts are the result of a long process of evolution. Birds flew. Some birds flew south, some north, some other directions,...
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