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  1. Re: U of Montana Apprentice Level Beekeeping Class

    Ha!
  2. Re: U of Montana Apprentice Level Beekeeping Class

    Twenty years ago I was a student at the University of Georgia. One elective I took was Entomology 4300, Bee Biology and Management, taught by Keith Delaplane. It wasnít an online class and it had a...
  3. Re: Darwinian black box selection for resistance Varroa destructor

    There isnít anything in Randy Oliverís methods that hasnít been done in countless other professional bee breeding programs over the past few decades. Those programs have teased out every genetic...
  4. Re: Darwinian black box selection for resistance Varroa destructor

    There is an unshakable conviction in some circles that a varroa resistant gene is magically hiding in the honey bee genome just waiting for everyone to stop treating so that it can emerge.
    If...
  5. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    Far from true here. Where did you get this?
  6. Re: This is getting ridiculous (Varroa and OAV treatment)

    Although this is a popular opinion in some circles it is far from a slam dunk.
  7. Re: Is this robbing in progress? Anything to do?

    Yeah! I missed that. Good catch oldtimer.
  8. Re: Is this robbing in progress? Anything to do?

    As soon as things calm down and you get a good day, open the hive up and give it a good look. I find it very unusual for a healthy hive to get robbed.
  9. Re: This is getting ridiculous (Varroa and OAV treatment)

    I, too, have had inconsistent results with oav. I use Apivar if daytime temperatures will be above 90F or the colony appears to be weak. I use Apiguard otherwise. I do a single mid winter oav...
  10. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    In addition the ferals in the Arnot forest typically inhabit a relatively small cavity. As a result they are prone to swarm multiple times each season.
    I believe that Seeley has suggested that...
  11. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    Maybe you can go back and read my entire post. Like the part where I said 'Swarming is a reproductive event.'
  12. Re: USDA Honeybee Count Suspended. Was it Useful?

    It appears that the quarterly survey is alive. I got the paperwork in the mail and have a message on my answering machine following up.
  13. Re: Unusual abundance of HB hind legs on mite drop board

    Surely you've done an internal inspection by now. What did you find inside the hive?
  14. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    Simply because a bee colony swarms doesnít imply that it has Ďbad genesí. Swarming isnít driven by crowding. Crowding contributes but isnít the driver alone. I have any number of hives swarm even...
  15. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    This too!
  16. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    One of the simplest approaches is to pinch the old queen early in spring. Either let them make a replacement or give them a newly mated queen. Then, do the rest of the usual things. Make sure that...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    Sadly there is a whole new generation of 'know it alls' with YouTube University PhDs.
    I can't speak for another soul, but it has surely put a dent in my participation.
  18. Re: Bee Excluder with empty super below a good idea?

    Do you mean bee escape boards?
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    Re: Minor flow in the Atlanta area?

    Mine usually goes up late July. It comes down in October.

    Every yearÖ.typically in late July I see a hummer circling where it was hung the previous year. The migrating birds remember where they...
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    Re: Minor flow in the Atlanta area?

    This seems pretty mean spirited. Those people are trying to migrate south. Pickin's are slim. Many on the cusp of starvation. All of them near the limits of exhaustion. And you're luring them from...
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    Re: Minor flow in the Atlanta area?

    Iím not sure how one would define a Ďminorí nectar flow.
    I am inspecting all of my hives currently in preparation for winter. I have never been able to confidently gauge their condition by watching...
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    Re: Minor flow in the Atlanta area?

    In this heat, I'd guess that they are water foragers.
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    Re: Chinses Swarm commander

    I don’t know if I’d call it convincing. A side by side comparison. Turned out that I caught 10 swarms….5 for each.
    https://youtu.be/uHtivqGNyMo
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    Re: randy oliver article in january '17 abj

    As I said….the things that Randy Oliver has been doing aren’t anything new. This selection process has been going on for decades already. I have yet to see any sort of true breakthrough.
    By the...
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    Re: randy oliver article in january '17 abj

    As I’ve pointed out in the past, what Randy Oliver is doing isn’t anything new. In the decades since the arrival of varroa, professional entomologists and geneticists have been conducting bee...
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