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  1. Re: Deadly parasite turns honeybees into zombie slaves

    Apocephalus borealis was noticed in North America in 1924, according to Wikipedia. Why has it suddenly attacked honeybees now? A. borealis might have just evolved, or perhaps something new is...
  2. Re: Parasitic Fly Causing/Contributing to CCD?

    Flower Planter:
    "ok, what have they been doing the last 3 years??? "

    Perhaps they have been carefully checking that this is not just a local, incidental problem but a widespread, serious problem...
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    'homogenous' is the wrong word. The false drone...

    'homogenous' is the wrong word. The false drone is homozygous diploid. The regular drone is haploid, with half the usual number of chromosomes, (like a winged sperm). The regular worker or queen is...
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    MB, Are these periods significantly different for...

    MB, Are these periods significantly different for SC bees?
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    Guatabee, you want to go from +18.5% to 17% water...

    Guatabee, you want to go from +18.5% to 17% water content in honey, right?
    1. Can you help the bees dry the honey?
    Are you using SBB - Screened Bottom Boards?
    Is there a way to have a 'screened...
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    MB "Logically I would have expected Oxalid acid...

    MB "Logically I would have expected Oxalid acid to contribute to preventing chalk brood since most fungi perfer a less acid environment."

    BC - I thought fungi preferred acidic conditions.
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    I thought red cedar and juniper were the same.

    I thought red cedar and juniper were the same.
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    The immune system has a feature which reduces...

    The immune system has a feature which reduces food allergies. When encountered in the gut, an allergen can stimulate immune tolerance, as opposed to stimulating immune reaction, as encounters on the...
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    Joseph, you might document that the hives there...

    Joseph, you might document that the hives there are empty, say with photos (that have the date stamped on them) of the empty box's insides.
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    I really like the 'Lazy Beekeeping' piece -...

    I really like the 'Lazy Beekeeping' piece - reminds me of the 'Beekeeping Backwards' piece written some time ago.
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    Re: scientific name of the Russian honeybee. ...

    Re: scientific name of the Russian honeybee.

    Weren't many strains of honeybees brought to the Russian Far East from various parts of Eurasia during settlement?
    Also, isn't this region outside the...
  12. These wasps range thoughout Asia, overlapping the...

    These wasps range thoughout Asia, overlapping the natural range of the European honeybee. There are genetically resistant Apis cerana and Apis mellifera. The latter of these might be used to breed...
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    The science news article mentioned that European...

    The science news article mentioned that European honeybees in Asia have the genetic trait of balling wasp invaders and cooking them, so this behavior might be breed into our honeybees before the...
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    I'm with Bill Ruble on this one. The big problem...

    I'm with Bill Ruble on this one.
    The big problem with GMOs is who's doing it - big corporations, only, have the needed capital.
    With II - Instrumental Insemnation, almost any home beekeeper can do...
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    What is a YJ?

    What is a YJ?
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    Hook, I think a queen, while fertilized by 17 or...

    Hook, I think a queen, while fertilized by 17 or so drones, is herself only the offspring of one queen's egg and and a sperm from a lucky ONE of mom's 17 drone partners.
  17. If you leave them in there, and they get crowded,...

    If you leave them in there, and they get crowded, they may leave,('abscond') or throw off swarms, which start new hives someplace else. There's no great harm in either of these.
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    I wonder if both are genetically tolerant of...

    I wonder if both are genetically tolerant of other queens' presense. What a neat observation.
  19. I understand that Cape bees do infiltrate areas...

    I understand that Cape bees do infiltrate areas native to AHB, causing losses of honey crops.
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    Someone (Jim Fischer?) pointed out before that...

    Someone (Jim Fischer?) pointed out before that varroa mite counts should be interpreted in relation to the size of the hive. Made sense to me. In other words a big hive that drops 50 overnight is...
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    It's curious that none of you talks about...

    It's curious that none of you talks about strapping each hive together to avoid a super coming off.
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    I thought powdered sugar has FGMO in it to keep...

    I thought powdered sugar has FGMO in it to keep it powdered, and that FGMO suffocates mites but not bees. How does it work?
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    Here's a link to a Waggle-positioning photo:...

    Here's a link to a Waggle-positioning photo:
    http://tinyurl.com/denca
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    Could there still be not enough ventilation?

    Could there still be not enough ventilation?
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    If the barometric pressure drops, air in the...

    If the barometric pressure drops, air in the feeder jar will expand, allowing sugar water out. Did you have a change in the weather?
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