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    Re: Florida Beekeeper Registration

    Typically the front top left of the brood box. I try and make sure its low enough its not covered by the lid when its on since the point it identification. Its not really that critical to get it...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization hurts bees?

    Not a hard find. Apidologie is a standard journal where bee related scientific articles are published.

    Negative long-term effects on bee colonies treated with oxalic acid against Varroa jacobsoni...
  3. Re: Using Bt (Xentari) on frames with pollen or bee bread

    Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis var. aizawai ) used in Xentari is a bacteria that attacks Lepidopterous insects (butterflys and moths). It will not harm Hymenopterous insects (bees and wasps) as long as...
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    Re: Honey expectations on a 5-10 hive apiary

    I pulled about 120lb off of 10 hives last year with no attempt at all to maximize production. Nearly a third of that was off one hive so with some proper management for honey production you could...
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    Re: Master Beekeeping Certification.

    Florida is looking to use such things as proof of continuing education to waive the yearly inspections.
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    Re: swarm taking up with queenless hive????

    Wyatt A. Mangum gave a lecture a few years back at Bee College describing how he documented swarms moving in and taking over an existing hive, particularly in Fall in his observation hives. The swarm...
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    Re: Whats the advantage of registering yur hives?

    Recent Florida state law preempted all local laws, zoning and any other regulations on beekeeping except those by HOAs (because you join those voluntarily by deciding to purchase a house in one of...
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    Re: Your favorite Bee Keeping book?

    Artificial Swarms: A Treatise On The Production Of Early Swarms Of Bees By Artificial Means. Not very practical for the modern day, its on how to do a split when keeping bees in a skep. But any book...
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    Re: How smart are bees?

    Smell may be a minor part of finding the hive. The use memory, landmarks and angle of the sun for most their navigation. This is why we see them doing orientation flights. They learning where the...
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    Re: Puzzle---is it possible to have 2 queens?

    Its very possible. These two existed side by side for at least 3 months.

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  11. Thread: Scout Bees

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    Re: Scout Bees

    The majority of the work is done after the swarm leaves the hive and clusters. I have defiantly seen references in the literature that some scouting may be done in the days leading up to a swarm...
  12. Re: What is your State's Pollinator Protection Plan like?

    Florida has already produced a web site and online maps of the citrus groves where beekeepers can register their apiaries. The citrus growers are supposed to go online and contact the beekeepers when...
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    Re: Titi or swamp cyrilla as nectar source

    Yes can be a major nectar source here in the panhandle if you are near the swampy areas along the coast where it grows. There are two different types, Black and White and only one causes purple brood...
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    Re: Can bees recognize Green?

    According to this they should be able to distinguish anything we call green from red/black, white and blue. The probably can't distinguish green from yellow. What we perceive as green (550-500) mu...
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    Re: Hive Marking - Florida

    Mark an unused box then transfer the frames over to the newly marked box. Mark the now vacant one and on the next inspection transfer them back.

    I have used a plastic stencil with the same paint...
  16. Re: Help! I've got bullies after my hive. Need opinions.

    Buy a cheap video security system and point one of the cameras at the hives from inside a window. Put a nice sign on the hives that say "Smile your on camera". Solved the problem with people stealing...
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    Re: Florida dept AG apiary inspection

    Being a certified master beekeeper in Florida means you must have had bees for 3 years, I wouldn't call that a short school....
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    Re: Florida Beekeeper Registration

    The registration expires April/May. I got the bees from a well known in state source (Elmore in Marianna, and was told to put that on the registration form) and I'm pretty sure the nucs were...
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    Re: Florida Beekeeper Registration

    I agree they are helpful and active. I haven't seen my local inspector at my apiary yet (I'm sure its because his supervisor is overworking him in other ways), but I have seen him at several local...
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    Re: New (soon) beekeeper in N Florida

    The Apalachee Beekeepers Assoc. in Tallahassee is very active and has an active yahoo group as well as a yearly short course (Feb 23 see the site) that you may be able to attend. Members there may be...
  21. Thread: Club Bee Yards

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    Re: Club Bee Yards

    Our club works with the local Agricultural extension office and has 2 hives at their office next to their demo garden.
  22. Thread: bug spray

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    Re: bug spray

    Just tuck your pants into your socks. If you really feel the need to get some sulfur and put it in a sock, bang that against your ankles leaving a powder around them. The sulfur tends to repel...
  23. Thread: Migratory tops

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    Re: Migratory tops

    Pretty much every hive I have seen in North Florida uses migratory covers exclusively. The general consensus is that inner covers and telescoping tops provide more places for small hive beetles to...
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    Re: Electric fence proximity to hive?

    Without grounding there is no electricity flowing through the wires and hence no magnetic field.
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    Re: Electric fence proximity to hive?

    For the fence to shock anything a connection between it and the ground must be made. The electricity has to go somewhere. Unless you have a wire so close to the ground a bee can touch both the fence...
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