Re: Funny looking Queen
Dan, in Matt's case he has his reasons for pinching a queen's head. For one thing, it's quick and simple and done with. He doesn't have to deal w/ her anymore.
As far as the alleged AHB nucs in NY, I don't know names, but I saw the photos of the hives being dealt with. Last Friday I heard about these nucs/hives while at Wixson's, near Dundee, NY from Jerry and from a guy who introduced himself as "George, George of the Jungle". George told me about the bees and Jerry said he had heard about them too.
Then on Saturday, at the ESHPA Summer Picnic, a guy from the Finger Lakes Beekeepers Association told me what happened and showed me photos. This incidence is somewhere near Ithaca, I believe.
The nucs came from FL, shipped to NY. The nucs were installed into full sized equipment. After a period of time their aggressive behavior became known. The beekeeper, fully clothed, could not work them. Other beekeepers were called in to help. The State Apiculturalist was contacted. As far as I know, no one from Apiary Inspection saw these hives. After donning a full suit, two pairs of nitrile gloves, duct taped ankles and wrists, and a heavy sweatshirt, a beekeeper was able to approach the hives and close the entrance and apply a screen to the top, closing the bees in as best he could. This was all new tight equipment.
Being new equipment and not wanting to contaminate combs or woodenwear the hives were taken to a pond and dumped in, in an attempt to kill the bees and not do harm to the equipment. Which proved harder than was thought, but eventually worked.
Now, I am sure that there are all sorts of experts who can and may step forward to say what should have been done or could have been done or why wasn't something different tried, but those on sight made the best decisions possible under the circumstances.
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." Henry David Thoreau, Mark B