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    Re: How much is too much drone brood?

    I'd be curious if you get swarm cells this year.

    For eusocial insects (think bees, ants, and wasps) there are generally two ways to maximize reproductive success: flood the area with males or...
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    Re: Forcing them down to the bottom box?

    I would have just put the medium on the bottom. It doesn't have to be on top. Could probably reverse back in a few weeks and they'd be in the Deep.
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    Re: Roaches in Swarm Trap

    Certainly sounds like Parcoblattid wood roaches to me. They are notorious for hiding out in wood piles and live in the leaf litter and rotting logs--anyplace w/ adequate moisture. They are not home...
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    Re: Ceracell hive top feeders

    Got mine from Pierco and they have the 5 frame nuc feeders as well. I ordered from them because it came w/ the wood super. I had found somewhere where you order the feeder but had to order the...
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    Re: Roaches in Swarm Trap

    I'd be interested in a pic. Only ones I can think of would be parcoblattid wood roaches but I am assuming they stay down in the leaf litter. Not really sure what their habits are so maybe they do...
  6. Re: Let's just be honest: This spring is historically early.

    Those big blue ones are Aechnids--good mosquito eaters, both adult and aquatic larvae. Smaller ones, if there was coloring on their wings (anything other than clear), were Libellulids. Of course,...
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    Re: Roaches in Swarm Trap

    Are you sure they are roaches? Seems like an odd behavior to me--especially for your temparate location. If sitting on the ground then I could see it but still odd.

    Boric acid around the base...
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    Re: Ceracell hive top feeders

    I just switched to the Ceracell. My opinion is the Ceracells are much better. The Mann Lake feeders flex w/ the weight of sugar water and bees find ways out of the screen into the feeder. I used...
  9. Re: Let's just be honest: This spring is historically early.

    This. Was wondering how long it would take to devolve into this type of discussion. Correlation does not mean causation. Like CCD, lots of moving parts here.

    One other point about millions of...
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    Re: Strange activity

    I had a similar situation last year except all the empties were in hive boxes. Thought I had a swarm moving in but they were acting like the aggressive frenzy you see w/ open feeding.

    My...
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    Re: Varroa Mitigation Entrance using Nail Brushes

    Wish we did. Would make a nice tool in our integrated vector control tool kit. Betting this idea came from the laser mosquito zapper the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation was funding development...
  12. Re: New "vertical entrance" bottom board design

    If SHB are your main concern try a couple of these. Looks promising to me. Have switched to solid bottoms as well. Think the screened bottoms cause more issues than they solve. SHB can easily get...
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    Re: comb/frame spacing too wide

    Bees are probably going to get creative in filling in the space so if these are actually removable frames for a Warre then you will probably have issues. If they are standard top bars then maybe not...
  14. Re: Let's just be honest: This spring is historically early.

    Actually, based on my notes (for my specific location only), we are generally in line with the springs of 2012-2014. 2012 as actually a two weeks earlier than this year. The winters of 2015-2017/8...
  15. Thread: Bad Day

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    Re: Bad Day

    This. Any pesticide sprayed on a nectar source that would have this kind of quick action would have killed/disabled the foragers before they made it back to the hive.

    For this kind of effect the...
  16. Re: Minus agriculltural chems. / Increase in food price question

    National emergencies are being declared in Somalia and Kenya. USAF Aerial Spray Unit is on stand by should DoS request DoD support. Last unit in the Air Force. Army and Navy still have some aerial...
  17. Re: Minus agriculltural chems. / Increase in food price question

    Ahh, the old "meat is wasteful" argument.

    The utilization of animals and meat is what has allowed--and continues to allow--our capability to produce in areas w/out the possibility for crop...
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    Re: VarroMed...something new coming

    Anybody know if there is a beekeeping store in Brussels that would sell this? Will be there in March and would like to pick some up if I can.
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    Come on, now. The thinking statement had nothing to do w/ the hazards of round-up but referred to the fact that some seem to think it is used everywhere for the " uniform maturation of the crop"...
  20. Thread: Guardian

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    Re: Guardian

    I got a few to try out this spring w/ some new equipment. From what little I could dig up, they seem pretty effective if there are not other points of ingress into your hives--like a SBB.

    From...
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    I, too, was wondering where this crop maturation stuff was coming from. No surprise Roundup is the target from all the media hype ever since the WHO IARC classified it as a group 2A potential...
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    Re: VarroMed...something new coming

    Steve, where do you plan to obtain it? As far as I am aware it is not registered in the US so you'd have to be in the EU to buy it.
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    Thanks for this! When do you bag? Right after petal drop when the ovary (fruit) starts to swell? Any fungal issues?
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    Re: Apivar and Small Hive Beetle

    Not really. The active ingredient, amitraz is both an acaricide and insecticide. There are products w/ amitraz labelled for use against insects such as psyllids and lice. The difference is in the...
  25. Re: An Inside Look at How the Varroa Mite’s Diet Was Discovered (or How To ID a Monst

    A better comparison is to spiders--but the mites don't outright kill their prey/hosts. They are in the same class: Arachnida.

    Mosquitoes also have other compounds that elicit inflammatory...
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