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    Re: strange bug infesting bee hive

    my friend's hive was so overcome with these that he pulled the best 6 frames and the queen and burned the rest.
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    Re: strange bug infesting bee hive

    yep, most likely sap beetle jonsl.

    some better photos here:
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    strange bug infesting bee hive

    a friend of mine sent me this (not the greatest quality) photo of a bug.

    he said there were hundreds of these along with lots of their larvae that had taken over an overwintered hive that was...
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    Re: Do I need a new queen

    what did the queen cells look like?

    (probably) still capped?

    or (maybe) small hole at the bottom indicated new queen emerged?

    if you look at the bee math here, you will see that it may be...
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    Re: Shelter in place...unintended consequences

    https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?296956-Read-Me-First
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    Re: A sign of the times

    https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?296956-Read-Me-First
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    Sticky: Re: Read Me First.

    time to remind everyone.... again. (please read posts 1 & 2)

    on behalf of the moderating team, we would rather see everyone abide by these guidelines than have to close threads that deviate into...
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    Pretty much the conclusion at which the moderating team had arrived.

    paalam jojo.
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    Re: Do I need a new queen

    with only 2 or 3 such cells it is more likely your colony is superceding their queen as opposed to having swarmed.

    the cell in your picture appears to be pushed in on the side as if it may have...
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    Re: Queen Leaving Hive

    it's possible that the queen became injured at some point...

    when the frames were transferred into the nuc box,

    if/when the nuc was transported home and the frames were not secured from...
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    Re: Shortest time to recognize AFB symptoms

    the 12.5 days answer seems to suggest that older larvae fed with afb and then capped say within a few days afterward don't succumb to the disease?
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    Re: Drones acting drunk & dying en masse

    yes, for some reason all the drones seem to 'time' their gathering to and returning from the drone congregation areas or dca's.

    i.e. they appear to leave and return from multiple hives in a...
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    Re: Drones acting drunk & dying en masse

    when i see drones returning to a hive only to crawl around and die like that some but not all will show evidence of mating. i assume the ones with their anatomy still intact wore themselves to death...
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    Re: Drones acting drunk & dying en masse

    the best way to tell is by picking them up and look for yellowish oozing from the underside of their tail end.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2020 treatment free experience

    amen to that david.

    what's left of me would not be worth much were it not for the encouragement of you and others.

    many thanks to all for that. hopefully i'll be able to pay it forward someday.
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    Re: Drones acting drunk & dying en masse

    they likely went out in a blaze of glory:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YcGUeC4ydU

    welcome to beesource j. consider adding your general location to your profile, it helps a lot when it...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2020 treatment free experience

    sincere thanks for the kind words david.

    it will be interesting to see how these next few months play out.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    misting it on with a bottle sprayer, hard to know how complete my coverage is...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    pretty strong, mixing 50% bleach, 50% water and using a fan to completey air dry.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    many thanks russ. it may be possible to approach the +/- 20 hive count this year assuming making a cut down split on all the surviving colonies plus trapping a few swarms, and assuming not having to...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    we made it into the low 60's with fair skies and light wind today which set the stage for our first big day of foraging on the late winter pollens, (elm, maple, wild and domestic plum; also henbit...
  22. Re: CLEARLY SUSTAINABLE BEEKEEPING START OF SEASON SALE $89 Mesh Suits

    the reason i am having to purchase a new suit is because the metal (brass i think) zippers on my current suit are failing, mostly due to corrosion caused by the salt in my body sweat. This happened...
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    Re: A Small Victory

    agreed. one of the better reviews i have seen of the behavioral traits associated with mite resistance is presented by dr. buchler in this video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwuR3uMkMF0
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    Re: A Small Victory

    if your colonies survive until it warms up enough to do a careful inspection and you find a solid brood pattern chances are good they managed to beat the mites this go around.

    it may be you don't...
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    Re: A Small Victory

    i think dan's admonition is a very good one. having a beekeeper in one's general area demonstrating success over time shows what is possible and/or what may be required to have success.

    not...
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