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  1. Re: Out of Luck on Trying the Saskatraz Queens

    I got 40 Saskatraz from Olivarez on April 26th. 3 were DOA. 2 turned drone layers. 5/40 failure is a much higher mortality/poor mating than is typical on my overnight shipped California queens
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    Re: Honey Separated in Jar

    The saturation of sugar in water is temperature dependent, why "heating honey reliquifies it" . As honey crystalizes, the sugar drops out, but the water remains in solution, the solution, the...
  3. 2019 Lusby conference cancelled, no signups.

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    2019 Lusby Conference blows up, virtually nobody signed up.

    Guess the thought of getting mauled by bloodthirsty Arizona Africanized bees didn't appeal.
  4. Re: When do California Commercial beekeepers order their queens?

    Uh, I ordered a bunch just after Christmas. One particular queen reared told me, "We roll our spring list from previous years, if you want to get on the April list, someone has to die first".
  5. Re: The Cause of Puerto Rican AHB's being resistent to Varroa Mites

    Not according to the research of Stephen Martin on Fernando de Noronha. He investigated the claims the island bees became 1) resistant to Varroa, or 2) the virulence of the virus associated with...
  6. Re: The Cause of Puerto Rican AHB's being resistent to Varroa Mites

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    In actual fact, not ideological fantasy, Puerto Rico habors the "Japanese" type genotype of Varroa. This is known to less virulent, and as on other islands (Fernando de Noronha 350 km...
  7. Re: The Cause of Puerto Rican AHB's being resistent to Varroa Mites

    Biosecurity laws prevent the importation of Caribbean bees into the continental US. You would have to change the law, and that is not going to happen.
  8. Re: My first two hives of 10,000 have been ordered :)

    He's active on a FB group where I moderate. I believe he is sending 4 hives to California on a pallet. His hive count is 12 or so. He has been bothered by SHB recently, loosing some to slime. ...
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    You are making the false "sire and dam" breeding analogy. Heritability in honeybees are low. Truncating the breeding population simply leaves an impoverished breeding set, and that...
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    The thread correspondent describes an autumn/early winter collapse of his main apiary accompanied by jaw-dropping varroa counts among his established hives. This is entirely predictable, and not...
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    Just as individual hives are super-organisms, we should think of apiaries as organisms. Apiaries have cascading failures. Weakness in a single hive leads to eventual mortality of many of its...
  12. Sticky: Re: BeeThinking out of business, morphing into BeeBuild.com

    Bee Built is closing down. Offering 50% off on a very limited selection of stale inventory. 1/1/2019
    Hopefully this shut down is more controlled than the previous bankruptcy. Looks like the...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    First-year summer swarms have a "halcyon" period, as the swarm has shed mites and had a "broodless" episode in the middle of the summer. The drone and brood density is low in late summer...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Evolution is lazy. The process uses "pre-adapted" traits when faced with an altered condition. For bees facing enhanced mortality, this means reproduction is favored. The result: increased...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    This is the catechism. However the reality is often quite different (and the TF Guru's obscure this for unknown reasons).

    One prominent TF lecturer gets on his soapbox with this catechism. ...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    The premise of the question "splitting from survivors the best approach to genetic adaptation" is misguided. A little backyard apiary run by a newbee is not, categorically, "genetically...
  17. Re: Stolen Hives recovered from arrested bee thief, not all boxes ID'd to owner.

    Antonio Diaz had a pre-trial conference scheduled for 12/12/18. This was continued, yet again, for the umpteenth time "at the request of the party". The new date is 1/17/19. On the docket, a...
  18. Colonies stolen in Richgrove, Ca. Branded: 11-B99

    Craig Rodenberg reports:
    "Stolen 20+ individual colonies from (Kern County) Richgrove, CA area. All supers are branded with 11-B99 or HR and every frame is branded with 11-B99."

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    Re: "No Bees for 2 Miles, Please!" ????

    The seedless Mandarins ("Little Cuties" and "Halos") cannot be pollinated or they develop seeds. Along Ca 166 from Maricopa to the foot of the Grapevine there are miles of Mandarins covered...
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    Re: WHERE are the real treatment free beekeepers?

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    The attached screen shot is part of a long thread discussing MB's losses in 2018. I haven't seen MB discuss this subject on BeeSource. The details appear ambiguous (ie. were the losses...
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    Re: Stolen hives found

    The images circulating with this post show boxes recently stenciled with "All States Apiaries, Inc". This is the name used by Pavel Tveretinov and Vasiliy Yeroshenko when they were arrested by...
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    Sticky: Re: Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    The program accepts that "Bond" selection shifts the genome. I find little evidence that Bond selection shifts bees in any favorable manner. Heritability in bees is low due to open, multiple...
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    Re: Mixing AP 23 pollen patties

    There is extensive literature on the nutritional fat needs of bees. These have determined the poly-unsaturated lineolic acids (and similar poly-unsaturates) are the key to bee nutrition. Lineolic...
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    Re: Cost of treating Varroa mites?

    The major retail treatments converge in price at about $5-$10/hive. Some of these treatments have raw ingredients that do not cost anywhere near the retail price asked (even adding in registration...
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