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  1. Thread: cluster size

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    Re: cluster size

    Thanks Michael. Appreciate it.
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    cluster size

    Do bees have a more-or-less fixed winter cluster population (depending on breed), or do they vary it depending on how much room and food they have for the winter? i.e: would the same hive have a...
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    Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    Someone is at least looking at how the pseudoscorpions breed. Not sure if anyone has figured out how to breed them in numbers.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tmDmIwGFkc
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    Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    This is an interesting video showing the pseudo scorpions killing varroa. Does anyone breed them in sufficient numbers to use as a treatment? As Michael Bush pointed out, they already exist in the...
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    Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    I am still proceeding with my trial in the spring. I will share my results.
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    Re: Feeding Bees in Winter?

    I also feed with dry sugar on newspaper. The horseshoe pour to avoid impeding the air flow is a new idea for me. How important do you find that to be? I typically put newspaper on the back 2/3 of...
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    Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    Not encouraging results.

    http://brookfieldfarmhoney.wordpress.com/2013/12/26/mites-that-might-eat-mites/
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    Re: ok to open hive???

    You can open the hive for a very short time -- less than a minute -- at -5C (23F), but I would really try not to. If your hive is really light, and your choice is between leaving it alone and adding...
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    Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    Looking over my reply, I realized that Ss are not in my hives in sufficient numbers to make a difference either, which is why I would be adding them. If I am adding something to my hives to prey on...
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    Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    The other thing hoped for but not known, and which I am thankfully not able to test, is that the Ss may prey on small hive beetle larvae in the soil. Wouldn't that be nice? Sprinkle some Ss media in...
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    Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    I wonder what impact Ss will have on the local micro-fauna. Will they also prey on other beneficial mites or pseudo-scorpions or...? So far in my bee yards, if there is a hive-native mite that...
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    Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    I have not arrived at a definitive list of measurements, but you are right to ask: I should.

    I was thinking mite drops would be a problem, because I do not want to examine the sticky boards with...
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    Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    Great news on the two major US Universities. Wonderful! Now how about some Canadian trials? Maybe even in Ontario? Anyone? My upcoming experiments will not produce publishable results. :) I am...
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    Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    Maybe we need to convert all our screened bottom boards to hold soil and winter food for the Ss! :)
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    Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    That leads nicely into my next question, BMartin. :) WHY don't they overwinter in the hives in Ontario? Is it the temperature? Lack of food? Some other aspect of their life cycle? Anyone know?...
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    Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    Thanks, AJ. I intend to run my own trial in the spring, do a compare and contrast of 2-4 hives with the Ss and 2-4 hives with Formic/Oxalic. Same bee genetics, same hive configurations, same yard. ...
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    Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    In a conversation about these little bugs, a friend of mine asked: "I am not worried about the Ss themselves, I am concerned about their metabolic by products which we don’t know anything about. ...
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    Re: Stratiolaelaps - A bug to Fight Varroa?

    Anyone know where I can get these in Ontario? I know of NIC: http://www.naturalinsectcontrol.com/product.php?id=000000257

    Anywhere else? I am near Ottawa. I have a source, but like to have...
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    Re: To group or not to group?

    Thanks all. I appreciate it.

    I put 4 hive top feeders on the 4 lightest hives, and put about 7-8 liters (2 gallons) of 2:1 in each. I took one deep of un-drawn frames out of one hive and...
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    To group or not to group?

    Ottawa Ontario area.

    Looking for advice. For some reason our hives have not built up their stores or drawn out all the plastic frames. Double deeps, at worst 10 frames undrawn; at best all 20 are...
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    Re: Open feeding, bees on ground

    Thanks. I hoped that was the case. :)
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    Open feeding, bees on ground

    My first time open feeding. Seems to be working ok so far. There are a lot of bees on the ground around the pail of syrup, 3 feet radius or so. I did not spill anything, they are just there,...
  23. Thread: hive top feeders

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    hive top feeders

    I am considering building a bunch of miller-style hive top feeders. I have never used them, so I do not know which work best. I use top entrances, not bottom.

    - Full width bee-access at the back...
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    Re: Too Late To Make a Queen?

    I made a split, and the queen I introduced was rejected. They have capped queen cells as of one week ago. Anyone from around my area with experience on whether it is too late for the queen to mate?...
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    Re: Wife's out of town, and I really messed up.

    I did that on the fabric of the back seat of my car. The fabric had been treated with a stain guard, so perhaps that helped. I used most of a bottle of rubbing alcohol and a LOT of elbow grease,...
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