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  1. #1
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    Oct 2007
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    Smile My friend called me about a 1/2 grown larvae.

    I drove out to his organic farm to see what he was talking about.

    He has been fogging his bees.

    I picked up off the landing board a whit larvae about 1/4" long. I do not need reading glasses. I asked him if he knew what those 3 round reddish "things" are?
    He said that he was not sure. I explained to him that the items on the larvae were mites!
    I am giving him a Russian SMR daughter queen to help him out and to increase the desireable drones in the area.

    Regards,
    Ernie
    Lucas Apiaries
    Ernie
    My websitehttp://bees4u.com/

  2. #2
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    Sounds like the bees were doing their job.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  3. #3
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    Sound like the bees have good hygenic behavior. Most people beg for them type of traits. Im sure someone on this board would gladly take the old queen if you havent pincher her head yet.

  4. #4
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    Smile Sound like the bees have good hygenic behavior

    The daughter queen in my posting was grafted from # 12 Russian X SMR that I bought from Tom & Suki Glenn two years ago.
    # 12 has provided many grafted off spring.
    Yes, the Russians do have good hygenic behavior.
    They have a natural resistance to Nosema also.
    Regards,
    Ernie
    Lucas Apiaries
    Ernie
    My websitehttp://bees4u.com/

  5. #5
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    I guess I am not understanding the original post. It sounds to me like you are requeening the hive after finding hygenic behavior. which makes no sense.

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