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    Re: Manually fertilizing drone eggs

    They are synonyms. We us "AI" since that's how the rest of the animal breeding world describes the technique. Nobody outside of Apiculture knows what the

    heck "II" is. ;)

    Adam...
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    Re: Manually fertilizing drone eggs

    Hi, slightly off topic but relevant. When performing AI with bees, there's quite a large amount of technique and procedure involved in managing virgins, drones and post-inseminated AI queens.
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    Re: Instrumental insemination, CO2 time

    That's a good question. I don't think anyone knows. I think there's some trigger in some part of the queen's brain that is tripped during mating and during the CO2 narcosis.

    This initiates the...
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    Re: Instrumental insemination, CO2 time

    Hi folks!

    Everyone does AI a little different. Successful results help form a good protocol.

    The idea is that with 2 CO2 narcosis events, the artificially inseminated queen will oviposit (lay...
  5. Re: Where do suppliers of breeder queens get their queens?

    This is a great question!

    To be brief, most folks that select for traits improving their bee stock, are breeding. Folks that simply produce queens are not improving them.

    Breeding requires...
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    Re: How long can virgins be kept

    Cool thread!

    The sooner a virgin is introduced to a group of support bees after her emergence from the cell, the greater the chances she will be accepted. Acceptance leads to her getting mated....
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    Re: Goals for 2016 - what are yours?

    Make sure to drink more water when outside, working.
    :)
    Adam
    vpqueenbees.com
  8. Re: Looking for source of VSH package bees that ship

    Hi Phil,

    thanks for the note: So far our new location has been good to us and the bees! :)

    We're happy to have good feedback on our stock. BIP tests are a good metric for sure!

    We select...
  9. Re: Looking for source of VSH package bees that ship

    Hi Phil! Thanks for the news--we work hard to keep our stock productive. Getting a "check" from BIP is very nice.

    If I was to get sick of producing queens, I'd be seriously ill already... ;) ;) ;)...
  10. Re: Looking for source of VSH package bees that ship

    Howdy all,

    Most bee strains that express VSH behavior in a degree to impart mite resistance, have been selected to be productive.

    VSH expression can be "bred into" strains that are already...
  11. Re: Help with Expenisve Breeder queen introduction problem

    I haven't heard about this: maybe, if he wants, he should contact us--we would certainly see if we could help him out.






    The initial colony environment of the AI queen is extremely...
  12. Re: Help with Expenisve Breeder queen introduction problem

    Hello folks,
    here's a slightly modified version of what we send out to our customers before we ship out their queens.

    A couple things to keep in mind:

    1. Unsealed brood is not good for...
  13. Thread: Priming cells

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    Re: Priming cells

    I sent you a PM--so as to not hijack this thread. :)
    Adam
  14. Thread: Priming cells

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    Re: Priming cells

    Hello!

    Priming cells is necessary if you graft with a tool that picks up the larva; a hook or needle type grafting tool. The priming fluid uses cohesion to help "pull" the larva from the tool.
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    Re: Saline solution for II

    Hi folks!


    The OP also posted his saline question to http://vshbreeders.org.


    The link below takes you to that thread. There, the thread includes information on AI buffers; saline solution...
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    Re: VSH trait: bees biting legs of varroa mites?

    Here are the programs and breeders:


    http://www.nelsonhoney.com/queen-breeding-programme/


    http://blogs.msucares.com/honeybees/


    http://aristabeeresearch.org/
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    Re: VSH trait: bees biting legs of varroa mites?

    Yes! That's another set of traits you can select for when breeding bees: Hygienic Behavior. This is different from VSH Behavior. People who select for hygienic behavior will often use

    the freeze...
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    Re: VSH trait: bees biting legs of varroa mites?

    Hi there--

    AstroBee is correct. "Mite Biting" falls under "grooming behavior". Adult bees will groom other bees and themselves, potentially removing and inhibiting parasites (Varroa) from...
  19. Re: "The formulation makes the honey bee poison" Formulation/ adjuvant toxicity abstr

    You're welcome.


    In case you can't or don't want to get the paper, the bottom line is the

    inert ingredients used in many pesticide formulations are being found to be as deadly or more
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  20. "The formulation makes the honey bee poison" Formulation/ adjuvant toxicity abstract

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048357514002533

    Christopher A. Mullin, Jing Chen, Julia D. Fine, Maryann T. Frazier, James L. Frazier, The formulation makes the honey bee...
  21. Thread: Moonbeam stock

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    Re: Moonbeam stock

    VSH is used by the many of the USA's largest beekeepers in their queen breeding programs.

    No snake oil, no mythology, just hard work and perseverance.

    Adam Finkelstein & Kelly Rausch
    Producing...
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    Re: Introduce virgin queens of a different strain

    We ship day-old virgins in JZBZ cages with 7 attendants. The attendants care for the virgins. We've had pretty much 100% survival shipping this way for over five years. Try using attendants when you...
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    Re: Introduce virgin queens of a different strain

    I've kept my mouth shut on this topic till now...:)

    Virgin queens produce pheromones used in survival that mated queens do not produce. I did some research on this years ago--didn't publish, but...
  24. Re: Harvesting and Preserving Royal Jelly for Grafting

    Joe, interesting. Virus by itself can't live for too long outside of a host. I wonder if the guy you mention was reusing the cells immediately? I'd think boiling old JZBZ cups to clean them would...
  25. Re: Harvesting and Preserving Royal Jelly for Grafting

    It wouldn't. However, background populations of Black Queen Cell Virus are present in most bee populations. I can dredge up a reference if you want, or you can look it up.

    We've had the gracious...
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