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    AR1:

    I think you hit the nail on the head. As JW mentioned, Mr. Imirie was located in the shadow of the DC metropolitan area, which is in the same USDA Climate Zone that I am located in here in...
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    While there were many insightful things I gleaned from the 'Pink Pages', there were four (4) miscellaneous recommendations that George made that I find particularly worthy of implementing, namely:
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    Trish:

    Thank you for your reply. I was glad to see your post. You explained what I was attempting to in a more succinct and much clearer way than I did- so for that I thank you!

    In my...
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    Mr. Imirie writes often of the concept of Anthropomorphic thinking- which is defined by Merriam-Webster’s as, "ascribing human characteristics to nonhuman things."

    George’s basic premise is...
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    BigBlackBirds:

    Thank you for the reply- your response clarified things nicely. I really do appreciate you taking the time to explain your approach in such detail.

    I will also apologize for...
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    Thank you, BigBlackBirds. Your response is great and does give me some more ideas to consider. Succinctly, my thought all along has been in trying to devise a fairly straightforward and fairly...
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    GregV:

    I appreciate your feedback, and I do think I know where you are coming from.

    For me, I tend to hold to the idiom of 'chewing on the meat and spitting out the bones'- so while I may...
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    BigBlackBirds:

    Thank you again for the excellent write-up. I took the opportunity to read your reply, marinate in it for awhile and then come back and re-read it. So if I were to summarize what...
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    Given that I cannot make this point any better than Mr. Imirie, I will let him speak for himself:

    “Successful beekeeping is BOTH an art an a science. A beeHAVER starts a package in April and hopes...
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    Sticky: GregV: Great feedback. I always appreciate how...

    GregV:

    Great feedback. I always appreciate how you are able to come at things from a different perspective. You have mentioned partial comb removals before and this idea makes a lot of sense to...
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    Sticky: BigBlackBirds: Thank you for your input and...

    BigBlackBirds:

    Thank you for your input and detailed description of what has worked for you. I sincerely appreciate it!

    I remember Squarepeg mentioning that colonies are reticent to draw-out...
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    Good points, GG. I appreciate your input. For now, I am way short so I have no trouble spending everything I can get my hands on, and that is before I let some get destroyed due to mismanagement!
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    GG and GWW:

    Thank you both for the helpful feedback. I appreciate you both.

    As I was thinking about my response, I was reminded of Will Durant's quote that, "Education is a progressive...
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    GG:

    Good question. My hope had been to find a surefire way to get new drawn comb built without having to resort to extensive manipulations and create a logical means of systematic comb renewal....
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    Sticky: Good observation- reminds me that there are many...

    Good observation- reminds me that there are many techniques and management approaches we can learn from and look to implement as they apply in our own situation.

    Speaking of Warre, I had the...
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    Good point, GregV. Sometimes it is about rediscovering things that our ancestors already knew / observed isn't it?
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    No rush, but I'd be interested to hear about what you find in that 'eco-floor'.
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    Good points, GG.

    As a follow-on to my response to Michael I would only add that I think George would agree that bees have not changed much- his point is that our understanding of them has grown...
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    Great observation, GregV- and thank you for clarifying.

    Your point is well-taken and I can definitely as Ms. Morgan and Dr. Harpur if they are taking account for non-bee damage in their counts.
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    AR1:

    I am really glad you posted this- and let me just say I made the very same mistake last year with two late season nucs I attempted (and failed spectacularly at) to make up.

    So the...
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    Michael:

    I sincerely appreciate your feedback. As a self-confessed bibliophile I share your love and admiration for the accumulated wisdom of our beekeeping forefathers. While George is not...
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    While I cannot hope to address this principle as comprehensively as Mr. Imirie did, I would offer that his thoughts on this subject might generally fall into two main subcategories:

    #1- Successful...
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    Thanks for clarifying, GregV. I may have totally misinterpreted your initial feedback. I was looking at it from the perspective of the bees biting these other pests, but if I understand you...
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    GregV:

    Thank you for the feedback. To be honest, I have never even considered looking at any of the other victim's in the oil bath.

    Next time I get the scope out, I will make a point to look...
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    This afternoon I received the digital microscope and couldn't wait to try it out.

    So I pulled the tray from #1803 and carefully collected all the mites in the tray (56) and organized them into...
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