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  1. #1
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    Default Africanized queen

    Hereís a photo I took yesterday when my wife and I were out checking some of our hives here in Honduras. Normally I donít actively look for the queen but my wife just happened to see this one.



    People back in the States sometimes ask me if the Africanized bees are really dark. As you can see by the queen and the workers, thatís not really the case. I often see queens that are more orange than this one.

    Luckily the bees were still calm at this point so I could get a decent picture. As the afternoon wore on (and the day started to cloud over) the bees got more and more agitated and ornery. Several got in my wifeís veil and stung her in the face. It swelled up pretty good. That photo she wonít let me show.

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    Tom

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    Good Photo. Ouch poor wife. How did the TBH's at your brothers place work out?
    We have been as cold as -26 F here in Western Wisconsin. Honduras looks a lot more appealing at the moment. Adrian

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    Considering that they were first-year hives they did okay. We didnít get a lot of honey but a bit. Besides the nucs we bought we also caught a couple swarms. Everything is bundled up and overwintering right now. Hopefully this year will give us better results. It wonít be too long before Iím heading back north.

    Today was sunny and probably in the low eighties down here. The last ten days or so, however, were drizzly, overcast and coolócold front from up north. Itís good to have the nice weather back. Hopefully the bees will start working again. When we looked at the hives that day there was no fresh nectar at all in the hives and it looked like they were actually tapping into their honey. Normally weíre pulling out the first harvest this time of the year. Things should get back on track now that the nice weather as reappeared.

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    Tom

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    Thanks for the photo.

    Matt

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    Tomas

    thanks for the pic
    you're right, lot's of folk up my way looking for info on Africanized bees
    [edit]that really is a nice pic, do you mind if I use it in a presentation to kids?
    it would be nice to tell them all about the brood comb and then mention "Oh, bye the way, these are Africanized bees"
    nice opportunity to introduce the topic to them

    Dave
    Last edited by drobbins; 01-23-2009 at 08:00 PM.

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    No problem. Go ahead and use it.

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    Tomas, great photo! We do have some issues with Africanized bees here in Texas, but I don't think the problem is as wide spread in my area as others. I have about 100 hives, at least 50% of which are feral removals. I could show you photos of many of my bees that you would be hard pressed to tell the difference from your photo. I work these bees in shorts & tee shirt (weather permitting) with no protection whatsoever on my hands and arms (I do wear a veil as I hate even an occasional sting to the face). I bet you would not even approach your hives in similar attire! I think your photo pretty dramatically illustrates the fact that there is no way to tell an Africanized bee based on general physical appearance.
    "The UNKNOWN, huh? That would be SNORBERT ZANGOX over in Waycross."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomas View Post
    That photo she wonít let me show.
    Tom, what she doesn't know won't hurt. Go ahead and post it, we won't tell.
    Home of the ventilated and sting resistant Ultra Breeze bee suits and jackets
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    MM, you trouble maker!! You know the one right after that will be Thomas' fat face!!
    "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill

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    Default Re: Africanized queen

    Tom, I'm a newcomer to beekeeping and am living on Utila where there are presently zero hives. I have ordered Four hives and all of the rest of the start up equipment and am eagerly waiting delivery. What is the 'winter up' months that I should expect? Since my hives will be arriving in mid-November should I wait for spring to get fired up? Is there anyplace I can buy bees and queen to insert or should I just plan on capturing a feral Hive? Any local knowledge you can share with me will be most appreciated.

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    Default Re: Africanized queen

    Tom, Further to my above questions, please advise how many brood bodies you are using and are they deep or mediums? I'm thinking of staging my hives with two deep brood boxes, however, I recognize that the Africanized bees get a bit temperamental when they have a large brood to protect.

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    Default Re: Africanized queen

    In Jamaica, they say there are no reported cases of Africanized bees. Can someone paint me a picture(well give an example) of some things you look out for to identify them in terms of behaviour. I have a few hives that they are very aggressive but i keep them around because they score high on hygienic tests.
    Keeping bees in Jamaica www.dadabs.com

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