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    Re: A true chemical free

    I've been reading this thread and I'd like to suggest something about feeding. It's one that I've already read here and in other forums. Why don't leave a full super to your bees year round?

    I"ve...
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    swarm docility

    I think both factors are of importance, but starving swarms are known to be aggressive, so I've to conclude that filled up bellies are a bit more important.
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    Re: Questions About The "Small Cell Studies"

    Sorry, I've been away from this forum for a while and didn't know of that. Thanks for keeping me updated.
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    Re: Questions About The "Small Cell Studies"

    I just watched the video at HAS (http://www.heartlandbees.com/berry2007.htm), and by the 42º minute she said that the ending bee populations were significantly higher in the small cell group. She...
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    Re: Questions About The "Small Cell Studies"

    I remember something somewhat different, in his words the bees would perish if he didn't help them (it's almost the same and it's just my remembering,maybe I'm wrong...)
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    Re: Questions About The "Small Cell Studies"

    WRT africanized bees, this may be an interest reading: http://www.funpecrp.com.br/gmr/year2003/vol1-2/gmr0057_full_text.htm

    My bees are AHB (all of them), and sometimes I have problems with...
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    Re: Questions About The "Small Cell Studies"

    As far as I can remember, J Berry's study showed a significant higher population with a bigger brood area for the small cell colonies. I would be glad to be corrected if I'm wrong.
  8. Thread: Nest Scent...

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    Re: Nest Scent...

    I like the concept of retaining the nest scent, and it makes sense to me; but I tend to consider it of minor importance when I see colonies doing well out in the open, and there's a good bunch of...
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    NeilV, I live in southestearn Brazil and I'm not...

    NeilV, I live in southestearn Brazil and I'm not sure if the AHB found here around me is the same bee that's knocking at your door. I'm just about 100 km away from the site from where the african...
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    An example of that is the dominance of the polled...

    An example of that is the dominance of the polled gene in cattle, under natural selection, with predators present, most of the animals are horned (recessive).
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    I'm sorry to disaggre Ernie, but I think it's not...

    I'm sorry to disaggre Ernie, but I think it's not an orchid tree. As far as I know, orchid tree are from the genus Bauhinia (mostly Bauhinia variegata, an asian species, family fabaceae), the tree on...
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    I didn't pay enough attention to your first post,...

    I didn't pay enough attention to your first post, sorry! I live in tropical country (just a few frosts in the lowlands during winter), so mini mating hives wouldn't be an issue if one keeps them...
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    I never tried it, but I like this idea:...

    I never tried it, but I like this idea: http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/bifoldfr.html
  14. Thread: Bee Stalking...

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    I really think that the fourth photo is a...

    I really think that the fourth photo is a solitary bee (and yes, I think I can see two pairs of wings in the photo). Take a look at the hair on the low abdomen, it's the equivalent of the polen...
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    It's just a honeybee IMO. My bees are all...

    It's just a honeybee IMO. My bees are all africanized (their color varies a lot) and I find black bees all the time.
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    I just wouldn't set a mating yard close to them

    I just wouldn't set a mating yard close to them
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    If temperature is not an issue, you can add a...

    If temperature is not an issue, you can add a frame of capped brood without adult bees (you said you couldn't spot the queen) to boost the hive population, and, after that, give them some open brood...
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    Do you know if the queencells got capped? Maybe...

    Do you know if the queencells got capped? Maybe you already have some virgins in theese hives (the first to emerge kills the others by chewing their cells).
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    I think you forgot that all plants are living...

    I think you forgot that all plants are living beings, and most of them most of the time, sequestrate CO2 and eliminate O2.
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    Very interesting reading, thanks for sharing!

    Very interesting reading, thanks for sharing!
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    Here in Brazil, some people call the AHB "as...

    Here in Brazil, some people call the AHB "as tigrinhas" (literally translated: "the little tigresses"), probably due to their behavior...
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    I've never seen a Calliandra californica (just...

    I've never seen a Calliandra californica (just the photos at the site above), but I really think the tree you have is one of the Calliandra genus. Maybe this could help:...
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    My wife found what was going wrong, let's try...

    My wife found what was going wrong, let's try again...
    http://www.dierbergertropicais.com.br/luisbacher/albuns/arbustos/images/Calliandra%20brevipes_jpg.jpg Calliandra brevipes;
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    I have 16 shrubs (4 species) of this genus in my...

    I have 16 shrubs (4 species) of this genus in my small ranch; all of them atract bees (honeybees, stingless and solitary bees), wasps and hummingbirds, I'm very fond of them! Let's see if I can post...
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    Tree identification (?)

    I'd look for the genus Calliandra, maybe Calliandra californica, see http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Fabaceae/Calliandra_californica.html.
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