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  1. #1
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    Default where was the SHB imported from

    The reason I ask is the line of bees that have been living with the beetles for thousands of years, would be the breed that I want.

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    Default Re: where was the SHB imported from

    Endemic to sub-Saharan Africa, the small hive beetle,Aethina tumida was first discovered in the United States in 1996 and has now spread to many U.S. states including ....

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_hive_beetle
    So as a result you are now seeking African bees? Can you spell AHB ...
    Graham
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    Default Re: where was the SHB imported from

    Is that map of distribution on Wiki Accurate? Looks like mostly northern states. Since they're from Africa, you wouldn't expect that. I'm in MO. Have they been found here?

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    Default Re: where was the SHB imported from

    Oops. Didnt find they map key the first time. Looks like they're almost everywhere.

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    Default Re: where was the SHB imported from

    Saw my first one today.

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    Default Re: where was the SHB imported from

    They look realLy nasty. How to they get in a hive? To they fly or crawl over from a nearby hive or some other way?

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    Default Re: where was the SHB imported from

    Quote Originally Posted by dphillipm View Post
    The reason I ask is the line of bees that have been living with the beetles for thousands of years, would be the breed that I want.
    I don't know what you wrote here. Are you asking "is the line of bees that have been living with the beetles for thousands of years[...]the breed that I want."?

    If that's what you are asking, then no, you don't want the bees that have been living w/ SHB. And you can't get them in the US anyway.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: where was the SHB imported from

    They fly, I have watched them come in during the late afternoon. They land on the bees landing board and rush in very quickly. Sometimes the bees chase them right out, sometimes they do not.

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    Default Re: where was the SHB imported from

    They are a lot of fun to kill. My bees attack them like a dog would when it is trying to kill a cat. When the beetle gets free I smash it with my hive tool. It is a great way to get your bees to think you are super cool.

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