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  1. Re: Energy, honeybees, and humans. 94 minutes long.

    Thanks for the link. I can't believe the National Honey Show didn't upload this themselves it would have had waaay more views weeks ago....
  2. Re: Jon Entine debunks theory linking neonic pesticides to honeybee collapse

    I wonder how much he was payed by bayer / Monsanto to publish this drivel.
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    Re: Winter cluster size descriptions

    Thanks to you both, that is at least very encouraging. I will pass on your complements to the ladies Vance!

    I had assumed those terms were common amongst most beekepers but thinking about it it...
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    Winter cluster size descriptions

    Hi, I'm trying to get a feel for what it actually means & looks like when bees are described as Prolific, Semi-Prolific, Frugal, winters well on a small cluster etc..

    What are the sizes in terms...
  5. Re: 10 Frames (32mm) Nationals - Space on sides of hives

    In a strong honey flow they may not get the time or space to adjust the comb thickness as it requires moving nectar around, they will simply build a "half" comb attached to the side of the box which...
  6. Re: How many mating flights: one or several?

    Hey Eduardo there was an excellent talk done by Jamie Ellis recently on the biology of the Honey Bee. He talks about mating between the 10th and 20th minute of the talk with quite a bit of detail....
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    Re: Need some help with splitting

    thanks for the extra info :) The queen issue is something I worry about! mine is very hard to find too so I may have to shake the bees through a queen excluder which is another risk too. at least you...
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    Re: Need some help with splitting

    Rick that sounds very similar to what I intend to do this spring, if all goes well! Mind sharing what frames went into the nucs? also what resources were on each frame (if any)?
    Cheers :)
  9. Thread: Ivy honey

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    Re: Ivy honey

    Definitely an under rated honey IMO. Strong flavour with medicinal overtones and crystallises very quick so you need to harvest it before it is capped over and then cream it with a seed honey....
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    Re: Lost my first hive in 5 year

    Unlucky thebeemanuk, its unbelievable they would abscond at this time! any suspicions why? Not related, but mind sharing if your hives were totally broodless, Im waiting to do some OAV myself...
  11. Re: IWF film on Selection of honey bees for yield and behaviour

    Good watch ,very clear & methodical so thanks for posting :)

    although, as much as it makes sense, its a bit depressing that they say 100 breeder colonies from 1000 hives to get optimal results !
  12. Thread: pollen?

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    Re: pollen?

    This is a good one if you want a bit more detail..


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGfSfsAbiJM&index=32&list=PLLQ6Ut3t2AHVK5ni8AJau3NL4g4otCHkc
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    Re: top bar numbering?

    I didn't write numbers or letters as moving the bars around seems pretty important in tbh keeping, but I did write the month (+ year ) the comb was drawn and whether it is drone or worker cell...
  14. Re: Bee Behavior - Entrance Reducer & Robbing

    I recently read that robber bees can pass nectar too ( for example, from the inside of a crack in the hive to their allies outside of it!) Probably guard bees checking out the new arrivals though.
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    Re: creamed honey setting solid

    Most of my flows involve crystallising honey so creaming is something I'm having to get used to.. thanks for the info on moisture content, I harvested some English Ivy a few weeks ago and creamed it...
  16. Re: Virtual Hive Inspection Please? New TBH keeper.

    They look a little hungry, you want to see a nice capped honey arch of 1-2 inch on most combs plus some full combs of honey at the edges ideally. No idea of your weather though so I could be a bit...
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    Re: Hi from Wales

    Hello Matin! It dropped to 8.5C today over this side.. did not see any activity at the entrance at all , very sad :( what bees have you got in there ? locals ?
  18. Re: Any other causes of k wing besides mites and nosema???

    Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus is another possibility but you would likely see other symptoms too, Black bees etc.

    http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageid=275

    Also remember bee colonies...
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    Re: 1 bar observation hive

    Love it Txbeek! Such a beautifully simple idea... Making one for sure :)
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    Re: Bio-Control of Varroa

    Thanks for the ID :) Looking forward to try them out.

    Seeing them patrol the combs like that makes me wonder whether premature uncapping of brood from VSH bees could be related :D
    An observation...
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    Re: Bio-Control of Varroa

    3.50 - 3.55 gives a good close up for anyone that could give an ID.
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    Re: Bio-Control of Varroa

    Great video there OP.. You inspired me to upload a clip from the BBC show "Hive Alive", hopefully it wont get me in trouble! They showed a feral colony through an endoscope and you can quite clearly...
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    Re: Modified European Long Hives

    Wow thanks for posting these Boris, these are truly works of art as well as being very practical! I can immediately see they address a few issues Ive had with my TBH. Much more complex to make though...
  24. Re: Uncapped cells with underdeveloped pupa still inside

    Thanks for the replies, would it be worth retesting and looking at the mite count? I have read OAV courses can miss a lot of mites when there is a lot of brood and there was tons in here when I did...
  25. Re: Uncapped cells with underdeveloped pupa still inside

    I saw quite a bit of this on my last inspection so I did some searching but could not pin it down. Sometimes called bald brood and is usually attributed to wax moth (straight lines uncapped) or...
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