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  1. Re: Queen, honey, pollen, no eggs, drone cells? Help!

    The hive is a "dink". You need a critical mass of bees in order to grow into the spring.

    Reduce the hive to a nuc box, add bees (via a temporary newspaper combine) and a frame of fresh eggs...
  2. Re: 2016 Blue Diamond Orchard and Bloom reports

    Current update now up.
    http://bluediamondgrowers.com/february-10-2016/
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    Re: Comments from Tom Glenn

    Glenn's Minnesota Hygienic Queens were my absolute favorite queens of all time. The traits faded in time, by generation three, but getting a new box of cages in the mail from Fallbrook was like...
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    Re: Foundationless frames. Wire or not.

    Recently asked to inspect a dead out (mites) presented to me by another keeper. The dead out was from November, and the wireless-foundationless comb was beginning to dry. Had the classic half-inch...
  5. 207 Hives stolen, Sacramento area, near 99

    From a Facebook post:


    AlexLyudmyla Kulyukini -- Just spoke with my friend he had 207 hives stolen this Saturday or Sunday night from his holding yard in sacramento area(close to us-99 ). The...
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    Re: California honey

    Strong hives got supered last week, already wet when I peaked in today. Buckbrush is covered in white. 80 F in warm sun today.
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    Re: A HUGE thanks to Barry!

    The US National Phenology Project maintains a database, it received 1.7 million observation records last year, and has a 2 million record goal for this year. I contributed the historic records my...
  8. Thread: California

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    Re: California

    •zip code: 93442
    •date when the plant first bloomed: 12/12/15
    •name of the plant: Loquat, Eriobotrya japonica
    •comments - example: Abundant nectar source in midwinter garden landscape
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    Re: A HUGE thanks to Barry!

    The backend database generated by Forms can be used to populate a Google Map auto-magically. This can also be done by reducing the Forum post data by hand into a spreadsheet. The problem with...
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    Re: Beehive theft, Kern County

    Keep us posted, Honey-4-all ! Most interested if the Zhdamirov name surfaces again.
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    Re: A HUGE thanks to Barry!

    Barry, I can lend some techno assistance on the Form>Database> (Forum page) data flow.

    I quickly tweaked the 2014 trial to show a representative "Google Form" implementation ...
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    Re: California honey

    The question is too vague and contingent. In wildlands, early Manzanita and Ceanothus can plug out a hive in days. My manzanita has been blooming since January, and the Buckbrush (Ceanothus...
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    Re: A HUGE thanks to Barry!

    I believe a better way to implement this data collection is via a Google Form. Google Forms can be used to auto-magically populate a background spreadsheet/database. The form data would have the...
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    Beehive theft, Kern County

    Happie Bee out of Menifee, Ca is reporting a 200 hive theft

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    Beehive Theft Alert Kern-County-Beehive Theft Alert

    A beehive theft has occurred near Kern County within sight of I-5....
  15. Re: Moving bees from mediums to deep brood box

    You can interleave some of the mediums frames in the deep -- the bees will build comb extension below the medium bottom bar. This extension is typically drone comb and can be sliced off on a 14 day...
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    Re: re-placing bees in almonds?

    If you move all the hives, you will have numerous foragers trying to find the old location. These frustrated bees are very, very aggressive. The people that are complaining will get a double dose...
  17. Deformed wing virus is a recent global epidemic in honeybees driven Varroa

    This paper demonstrates that DWV became lethal to Apis mellifera after it encountered Varroa. The epidemic bee deaths caused by DWV are part of the uncontrolled expansion of Varroa into Apis...
  18. Re: Are/Can almonds be grown in other areas of the country?

    The late-flowering Mission variety almond is sometimes called the "Texas" variety in sales literature. Texas may have been the origin for the original California plantings. This is a hard-shell...
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    Re: Painting Bee Hives?

    Visual navigation of honeybees has been extensively studied since the days of Von Frisch. A really good paper is this one:...
  20. Thread: California

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    Re: California

    •zip code: 93442
    •date when the plant first bloomed: 1/12/16
    •name of the plant: California Bay Laurel, Umbellularia californica
    •comments - example: Opening bloom, substantial bud, nectar...
  21. 2016 Blue Diamond Orchard and Bloom reports

    The first 2016 Blue Diamond surveys are published == http://bluediamondgrowers.com/bloom-harvest-report/

    In the past these surveys have published about 2x per week for the pollination period.
  22. Re: Kirk Webster January 2016: FERAL AND MANAGED COLONIES

    In my two county area, I have heard of 5 separate AFB occurences in 2015, all among backyard "hobby" types.

    Semi-wild bees appear to have much greater survivability to mites than in year 1995, ...
  23. Re: Kirk Webster January 2016: FERAL AND MANAGED COLONIES

    I did 20 bees per hive.
    I counted left and right Trachea separately.
    I didn't attempt to score the severity of infection within the trachea. However, there was a lot of "Holy S_/_" when I...
  24. Re: Kirk Webster January 2016: FERAL AND MANAGED COLONIES

    40x binocular scope dissection of bee thorax -- live bee/alcohol kill. I compared to bees from healthy hives.
    Essentially following the techniques of Jamie Ellis as per:
    History 20 minutes...
  25. Re: Kirk Webster January 2016: FERAL AND MANAGED COLONIES

    Same reason AFB incidence was virtually absent in 90's-2000's, Tracheal mites (like AFB) are a relatively slow disease, expressing in the late fall. Varroa kills the hives with its rapid acting...
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