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  1. Thread: Global Warming

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    Re: Global Warming

    Too many people consuming too much.
    Too hard a solution to accept.
    Optimists want to work for a solution.
    Pessimists want to deny science.
    Realists realize that the future is mass migration...
  2. Thread: bee stings

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    Re: bee stings

    Another non-medical reply. We see variation in phenotype over time with our colonies. I think it is reasonable to assume that the venom has some variation as well. I had a systemic reaction in the...
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    Re: Cost of package in 1959

    Those were Jurassic bees, so shipping must have been by steam locomotive....
  4. Thread: bee stings

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    Re: bee stings

    You might consider wearing protection. I use 9 mil nitrile gloves. Very effective, great feel, and long lasting.
    When stung I use hydrocortisone and diphenhydramine cream (and lots of it). ...
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    Re: OAV and Brood damage

    Isn’t the objective to COAT bees and hive surfaces? Whether dribble or vapor you are introducing OA which will contact the bees and mites for several days. With that in mind I doubt it matters...
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    Re: Is it just me, or do you see it too?

    Obviously a scorpion skunk...on fire.
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    Re: Cleaning my leather gloves

    I am very averse to stings, but switched to 9 mil nitrile gloves.
    You CAN get stung if you force the stinger against a finger (I got cavalier), but even then the sting is less than 10% as painful...
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    Re: Chinses Swarm commander

    Have not seen any testimonials or swarm commander lately. Seems the consensus opinion is: Meh!
    Anyone done a convincing lemongrass vs. swarm commander experiment?
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    Re: Rotating Treatments Question

    How does thermal treatment compare to a hot day? In a warm climate you should be able to seal the hive and accomplish the same result (with temperature monitoring to avoid overheating). ...
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    Re: Robbing of queen castles

    Thanks for the great suggestions all!
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    Re: Colony expense at queen rearing

    Thanks grozzie. I heard comments that grafting caused excessive cost to the hive. Curious if that is a myth.
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    Re: Robbing of queen castles

    Feeder, I have heard that! Lol
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    Re: Robbing of queen castles

    Thank you. Will robber screens effect the mating flights?
    Also, I think the only bugs around are my bees and some yellow jackets. Is open feeding still a bad idea? I cannot feed the queen...
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    Colony expense at queen rearing

    If the colony makes a queen cell/queen, what is the cost?

    There is 1 egg.
    Royal jelly.
    Cell formation.

    What else? I have read that it is a large cost. Where is the expense? Is this myth? ...
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    Re: From my first three months in beekeeping.

    Thanks Goose.
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    Robbing of queen castles

    New beek here. I had some success in grafting 10 queen cells. 5 emerged. Placed them in nucs. One got robbed. Virgin is gone. How do I prevent robbing? I started open feeding. I thought it...
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    Re: Hornets & Bumblebees Feasting

    Diptera’s name is DIPTERA (for a good reason I’ll wager). My money is on his robber fly. That pic looked like a bumble to me.
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    Re: Oxalic acid fogger

    Here is a fogger video with mixing instructions.
    I don’t think you can “dose” with any accuracy using these forgers. Does dosing matter?

    https://youtu.be/VQSMheVizGg
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    Re: From my first three months in beekeeping.

    JW thanks!
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    Re: From my first three months in beekeeping.

    JW thanks. I agree with you. I have seen several videos where virgins are placed with a small number of bees (100 or so) in a tiny box. Is that a reasonable mating strategy? I could try to mate...
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    Re: From my first three months in beekeeping.

    Ifix, no luck. Zero.
    Now I have 8 QC that will emerge over the next week. Don’t know what the drone situation is in this area. Should know in 3 weeks if I (or the virgins) got lucky. If I had...
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    Re: From my first three months in beekeeping.

    Thanks for your thoughts.
    I got one package when I probably should have bought 2. I had swarm traps out had no success. I was afraid if something bad happened to my hive I would be beeless and...
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    From my first three months in beekeeping.

    I got my bee package at the end of April and they did well in a single deep with old used frames that I had bought on Craigslist.
    Since they were doing well I started messing with them.
    This is...
  24. Re: not new to bee stings, but I just had a real bad reaction

    It causes high heart rate that can cause a heart attack. Also, if you are out of shape your heart can beat fast enough that you wind up in heart failure which could cause you to pass out. ...
  25. Re: not new to bee stings, but I just had a real bad reaction

    That is how allergic reactions happen. You get exposed to the antigen then the next time you have a reaction. No need to see a doctor unless you want treatment to develop tolerance. I keep...
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