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  1. Re: video Apis cerana japonica varroa mite resistant Japanese honey bees with it's qu

    The size of the cone, the look of the bees, the drones are massive - twice the size of any I have ever seen. I am in Japan in a region that has now beekeeping. They don't make any Propolis.
  2. Re: video Apis cerana japonica varroa mite resistant Japanese honey bees with it's qu

    well Ive lived in Japan for 8 years now. Guess I pick some up...
  3. Re: apis cerana japonica Swarm Split with apis mellifera western queen cells

    Very interesting. Thanks.

    "There have been no examples of successful hybrid production by natural matings in Japan, where both species exist, in spite of some successful examples ,...
  4. video Apis cerana japonica varroa mite resistant Japanese honey bees with it's queen

    This swarm was captured Aug 1st at a rice field gangway. Here is a video of the queen,
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWPOJWc-18M
  5. Re: apis cerana japonica Swarm Split with apis mellifera western queen cells

    I am guessing that over 99% of the bees in Japan are gone due to the simple fact that Japan is the #1 user of systemic pesticides worldwide. Japanese bees are very rare and I spent the entire spring...
  6. Re: apis cerana japonica Swarm Split with apis mellifera western queen cells

    A.cerana are mite free not mite resistant. I have combed through their litter to find none. There is no documentation I can find with trying to combine the cerana and mel bees together... I am doing...
  7. Re: apis cerana japonica Swarm Split with apis mellifera western queen cells

    You can. I have a Ipad hook up and you can come along via a skype:foundup for video call. I'm not sure if she will actually mate... but if the virgin in in a hive of a.cerana drones... she MAY think...
  8. apis cerana japonica Swarm Split with apis mellifera western queen cells

    Why would ANYONE want to split a healthy swarm?! It's madness! IMO it should never be done, but I have a dilemma... I have a dying colony I call Kawa Bees, apis mellifera western bees, with 4 queen...
  9. Re: Found a queen wandering in the grass... what would you do with it?

    Actually, I worked out and I removed the bees and explained they were Japanese Honey bees not western one... they are appreciative. Today I split the swarm to try to say a queen......
  10. Re: Found a queen wandering in the grass... what would you do with it?

    Here is a pic of what I am calling a Japanese "Sumo" Drone - a massive Japanese drone that probably left his penis in my small dainty western "mite susceptible" queen... Since Japanese bees have had...
  11. Re: Found a queen wandering in the grass... what would you do with it?

    Thanks guys. I added you comments to the YouTube video and will add a link to this chat to the video
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    Re: bees just walking around

    dumb question whats a sticky board... and thanks for the tip. I am willing to do anything to help my bees.
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    Re: bees just walking around

    I used 3kg sugar:1kg vegetable shortening ration because if was still mushy and also added 100g of real honey and some peppermint tea I brewed up (this is to keep ants from it...) -- needless to say...
  14. Re: Found a queen wandering in the grass... what would you do with it?

    Thanks... I wonder if the protrusion is put there to stop her from breeding? I got some bees from a strawberry farmer and these were for pollination... what do you think? could something be added to...
  15. Post your bee haven on the map.

    I came across this great site and I recommend that you post your bee haven. I posted mine in Japan. What I really like about it is it a joint project of Pesticide Action Network and Beyond...
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    Re: Queen Acceptance/Rejection

    Nurse bees do not attack a queen is that right? Thanks for the comments.
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    Re: Queen Acceptance/Rejection

    How can you tell nurse bee? And will they always accept a queen?
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    Re: No Queen ?

    I found a queen wondering and missing part of its front leg... what do you do when you find a lone queen?
    http://youtu.be/6eX_Moi7ibM
  19. Found a queen wandering in the grass... what would you do with it?

    There is no video on YouTube to deal with the bee experiences I am having... here is one.


    http://youtu.be/6eX_Moi7ibM
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    My bee dilemma...

    I saved some bees and trying to merge the colonies... the bees I saved are not laying... and there are 2 queens... my other hive is making superceed cells and I just placed one in a new hive that I...
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    bees just walking around

    I have a situation where I have a lot of bees just walking around... not interested in eating or flying... It's like they are demented. They slowly pale and their ends darken until they turn black. I...
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    Re: My two cents

    "I have heard nothing but good things about buckwheat (green manure, covercrop) and buckwheat honey."

    Soba is buckwheat and we grow a lot of it here in Japan. The honey is strong tasting... some...
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    Re: improving acreage for bees

    Love some advice on this bee farm I am setting up. What would you plant... I am going to plant sun flowers this fall and Japanese radishes for next spring and there are a yellow flower that is used...
  24. Re: Hello from an innovative Closet Beekeeper in Japan trying to #SaveOurBees

    I have yet to see any Japanese bees. I think I had one come check out my hive of western bees, but I am not sure... I also have set up a bait Japanese Trunk hive ...
  25. Hello from an innovative Closet Beekeeper in Japan trying to #SaveOurBees

    I am really happy I stumbled across this forum and spent hrs learning about cover crops... something that they do not use in Japan and I will use for my Shinto Bee Sanctuary and my river bee farm I...
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