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    Re: Race of Bees and Color

    tenbears, you mean subspecies as oppesed to species. ligustica carnica etc are all apis mellifera subspecies rather than species.
  2. Re: My plan to a introduce virgin queens of another strain

    This is the stuff I use for mating queens.
    The Apidea.
    Made by a Swiss company
    19077 19078
  3. Re: My plan to a introduce virgin queens of another strain

    OT
    Mine have usually been queenless no more than 15 minutes.
    I lift out a frame, mist it with water, then shake the bees into a bucket.
    I repeat with more frames until I get enough bees to fill a...
  4. Re: My plan to a introduce virgin queens of another strain

    I get near 100% acceptance with virgin queens by tipping the virgin into a mininnuc such as an Apidea and then adding a scoop of wet bees on top of her. I have done 80 like this over the past 3 weeks...
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    Re: Subspecies ID from DrawWing

    Yellow abdomen colour is dominant over black.
    Jerzy Woyke untangled the genetics of this about 30 years ago.
    It is a polygenic trait controlled by three major alleles and a series of about 10...
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    Re: Subspecies ID from DrawWing

    Wing morphometry only works to distinguish one pure race subspecies from another. If the bees are hybrids, mongrels or mutts it will tell you nothing.
    The technique was devised by Ruttner to...
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    Re: Theoretical TF apiary management

    I totally agree with your decision to go with the local bee and develop that.
    We are losing the different subspecies due to the proliferation of just 2 or 3 commercial types of bees, mainly...
  8. Re: Queen flew off while requeening - what to do?

    I agree. If the old queen mated from that hive in that place she will almost certainly be back in there.
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    Re: queen mating flight

    You often see a lot of activity at the front of the hive with bees fanning.
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    Re: Queen right cell finisher

    Good to put a couple of pollen frames in the top box as well.

    This short paper by Wilkinson and Brown explains the concept well
  11. Re: I got 40 out of 45 Q cells capped and zero hatched???

    11 days after grafting the queen should be pretty much fully formed so if they were all pupae they must have been dead for a few days already.
    Were they still in the cell starter nuc or were they...
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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    Sounds like a good set up if there is decent forage in the area other than the fruit bloom.
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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    How is the pollination work going? What can you charge for renting out your colonies in your area?
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    Re: No queen again. HELP

    The problem is not with top bar hives. It would be better if you let the bees release the queen themselves in the dark and quiet of the hive.
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    Re: Requeening mistake

    Sorry Beepro but that is nonsense. If there is a queen in the box already the chance of the new introduced queen being killed is 100%
    The 2 queens do not fight each other in hand to hand combat. The...
  16. Re: Help! Neighbours bees attracted to our Ipe decking

    It's more likely that the neighbour's bees have a varroa problem and it is deformed wing virus or paralysis virus making them crawl.
    You could invite the neighbour over to see what's happening.
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    Re: Queen mating question.

    I move frames of drone brood from colonies I have selected as drone rearers into colonies I don't want to rear their own drones.
    Queens will mate with any drones in the area no matter the hive they...
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    Re: Queen mating question.

    A queen will mate with any drones although there was a paper published in Poland last year which claimed that Apis mellifera mellifera queens are more likely to mate with drones from their own...
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    Re: Clipped queens?

    I have not seen that. I mark and clip all my queens and some of them live into their 4th season. If you damage the queen by removing part of a leg for example that could induce supersedure but simple...
  20. Thread: DEAD NUCS????

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    Re: DEAD NUCS????

    Starvation? Any stores in those nucs?
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    Re: oldest larva they can make a queen from.

    4 days is definitely not enough to stop them making a queen cell from an egg laid just before the split.
    6 days is pretty safe.
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    Re: How long can you confine a virgin queen?

    8 days from emergence is no problem. The earliest a mating flight takes place is 5 or 6 days from emergence anyway.
    I have accidentally locked in queens in mating nucs for a couple of weeks and they...
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    Re: Queen Cells? Just how fragile are they?

    I think the wing problems seen sometimes are caused by chilling rather than bumping.
    24 hours from emergence the queen is pretty much fully formed so dropping a cell usually does no harm.
    Not...
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    Re: Solid Eggs, Spotty brood pattern

    Is there any chalk brood? I can't see too clearly from the pics but there might be a chalk brood mummy or two visible in a couple of the cells. These get cleared out by the workers leaving the spotty...
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    Re: First time at grafting

    You need to graft a small 12-24 hour old larva. The bees will usually clear out eggs from the cell cups.
    The larva you graft should be about the size of an egg.
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