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    Re: Natural Selection Rambling

    From many past discussions here on Beesource, I dont think there is a great consensus that the issue from a swarm motivated queen cell is measurably different than that from grafting optimum aged...
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    Re: Natural Selection Rambling

    New Zealand had a large number of feral colonies in trees; still do, but according to what I read on their forums the ferals do not seem to be any bastion of disease resistance. They do manage to...
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    Re: Natural Selection Rambling

    Greg, I think the hollow tree scenario would be a difficult condition to replicate in any meaningful quantity compared to the total existent population. The sheer numbers and population density of...
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    Re: Natural Selection Rambling

    You propose that the workers have potential selection opportunity in supercedure or emergency conditions, and that the queen could have input only in swarm cell requeening.

    Do we know that workers...
  5. Re: funny story, really short on facts but high on speculation

    I would like to see how long his spiritual bond with the bees would last with my son's bees!
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    Re: Using provap 110 with inverters

    No motors on a pro vap so it is a strictly resistance load, not inductive. Those cheap inverters issue with wildly optimistic ratings. Efficiency is poor so battery draw watts will be much higher...
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    Re: multiple queens from production hives

    You will have to provide drone escapes in all sections shut off by queen excluder. Just separating by queen excluder is not enough to dependably start cells. If the bees can contact each other to...
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    Re: Sam comfort 2018 video

    Good catch Michael: Msl's advice is correct but the photo is wrong. To remember how it goes, think this: "Don't put your heart inside a box of pine"

    Really important too when doing "board and...
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    Re: Well this might change things!

    I had the same experience with notching as LJ. I would have to test it with old hard comb and see if notches in such comb would steer the bees cell selection. Maybe there are dowser bees!
  10. Thread: Llama hair

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    Re: Llama hair

    I know one person who is using it in her quilt box setup. It is insulation with enough permeability to allow some air movement through it to carry off hive moisture. As mentioned, sheep wool, hemp...
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    Re: Well this might change things!

    Yes, some people are easy to convince. Some books exist that contain some very sketchy advice. The author of the article may be onto something enlightening but the presentation just does not appear...
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    Re: Well this might change things!

    They dont mention anything about controls or methodology on the sampling process where they discovered DNA from up to 50 different drones in brood samples from one hive.

    Having often more than...
  13. Thread: Bee's Gone

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    Re: Bee's Gone

    https://beeinformed.org/2018/07/24/2018-northern-california-update/mitefrass20180402_143955/


    mite scat in cells.
  14. Re: Should I paint the outside of my reflectix hive wraps black?

    Solar gain issues are complicated. Conditions that improve solar gain for the hours of sunshine are exactly the same as those that increase thermal heat radiation away from the hive during all the...
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    Re: Users of teh D. E. HIve

    I believe that Dancing Bee Equipment has taken over everything from Beeworks.com Dave Eyre owner of Beeworks was the designer.

    I have had my hands in one of the hives and aside from the longer...
  16. Thread: Global Warming

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    Re: Global Warming

    A fuller explanation might describe Baby Boomers. The spoiled brats born and raised in the new age indulgence of the post second world war bust out. A real demographic bulge.
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    Re: Two different bee races in one colony.

    If you looked at my bees a while ago it could certainly looked like two different breeds. The small ones and then the larger ones with the big eyes and fat butts. The meaner small ones were hassling...
  18. Thread: Global Warming

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    Re: Global Warming

    I only hope that more people will see our present situation as a call to action. Hopefully we can be part of a solution not merely hand wringing victims.

    The example of how new technology has...
  19. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    Robert what is your thoughts regarding possibility that an overabundance of insulation would result in the bees being too warm and therefore not entering the low metabolic state and thus consuming...
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    Re: Global Warming

    Gg;

    Your list of predictions that did not come true is not at all conclusive. For one thing many of them may only be off in the time frame and will prove true. It would be easy to come up with a...
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    Re: Lowest observed foraging temperature

    I believe a number of years ago someone coined the name moonlights or moonbeams for bee genetics they were trying to market as being very keen producers. This implied because they purportedly...
  22. Re: Double queen colonies for honey production

    I have done the side by side nucs with common honey supers on top but not long enough to see if there was any honey advantage. It does make the individual colonies harder to work.

    What I have done...
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    Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    Yes there is a big difference in the comfort factor with 3 compared to 6; then with 10 -12 you can get to be more like Greg.;) Tough love!

    I put 13 to bed one fall with very inefficient methods...
  24. Re: Using battery w/inverter and ProVap 110: how many colonies can be treated?

    Most battery capacity ratings would be discharge to quite a low voltage. Such deep discharges really shorten a battery life. Even so called recreational level marine or deep discharge batteries are...
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    Re: Lowest observed foraging temperature

    Nosema and associated virus.

    " (Kralj and Fuchs, 2010; Dussaubat et al., 2010, 2013; Wolf et al., 2014). Infected bees are also more likely to engage in riskier behavior, such as increased...
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