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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Stingless bees in the Yucatan

    There are a lot of different kinds of stingless bees that the Mayans worked with -and some still do. Yucatan is not the only place in Mexico with stingless bees, they are actually in different states.

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    Default Re: Stingless bees in the Yucatan

    You can't even buy them here. This type of beekeeping had fallen out of style. They are only available by splitting. That's one of the things Stephane is doing here, splitting aggressively to increase the number of available bees.
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    Default Re: Stingless bees in the Yucatan

    Apparently, some of the photo links above didn't work out. Try these:
    Trigona bees- https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tyqqp423jzdq9ht/lY_T6NACPx
    Melipona- https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1u3417dw0nkbyqd/1fq7FMfJnY
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    Default Re: Stingless bees in the Yucatan

    Cg3 in the melipona pictures, what was the syringe used for?
    Last edited by Haraga; 03-10-2014 at 05:29 AM. Reason: Spelling

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    Default Re: Stingless bees in the Yucatan

    Harvesting honey.
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    Default Re: Stingless bees in the Yucatan

    I believe CG3 had said that the syringe was used for extracting honey. No wonder the honey is so expensive, extraction must be really tedious.
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    Default Re: Stingless bees in the Yucatan

    Thanks cg3. I am assuming you made it home ok.

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    Default Re: Stingless bees in the Yucatan

    Most of me did. I may have left some of my digestive system behind.
    Extracting with the syringe didn't seem that tedious and, other than that, there is very little work involved in tending these hives. They do no inspections and have no pests or parasites to deal with.
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    Default Re: Stingless bees in the Yucatan

    Quote Originally Posted by cg3 View Post
    Most of me did. I may have left some of my digestive system behind.
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    Did you run into a "Bad Burrito"? or a "Terrible Tecata"? I know I did when I was down in Colima.

    When extraction occurs are the combs left in the little hive, therefore maintaining the colony? Des the extraction pull one cell at a time.... or is it somehow ble to pull from the whole comb?
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    Default Re: Stingless bees in the Yucatan

    The honey is in balls or sacs about the size of golf balls. Not really comb as I'm familiar with it. He just tore a little opening in it and sucked the honey out. The pollen, or bee bread, is in similar balls. You can tell the difference by the colors.
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