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    Re: A VERY hot hive - what next?

    BeeWeaver's queens are hard to replace. The bees tend to reject any queen that smell's too different. I recommend using precautions if you have to replace one. This includes using a push in cage...
  2. Re: Primitive beekeeping (bee trees, log hives, etc)

    I too enjoyed reading about the apiary found in northern Israel.

    There are advantages and disadvantages to having a huge brood chamber like the square Dadant. IMO, it simplifies management...
  3. Re: Contradiction: 12 fluid oz per pound or about 12 lbs per gallon?

    Density of honey determines weight per unit volume. I've had honey that was a few ounces over 12 pounds to a gallon in a very dry year with @15% moiisture. Most honey marketed today has 17% to 19%...
  4. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    Which highlights that mating process is both boon and bane of breeding honeybees. The advantages of multiple mating with a diverse group of drones is easily shown. The disadvantage is that...
  5. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    This is the Dutch Brown bee, a branch of Mellifera. Stating that A.m. mellifera are exceptionally predisposed to brood diseases is an understatement. They have a number of beneficial adaptions...
  6. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    Mites mimic the odor of the hive to camouflage their presence. Mite resistant bees seem able to overcome this. I don't have any proof other than that the bees somehow detect the mites and control...
  7. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    Legs bitten off look quite a bit different from feet burned by oxalic acid.

    I speculated a couple of years ago that enhanced sense of smell is a mite tolerance trait expressed by bees that detect...
  8. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    There is a study on pesticides in beeswax that is worth reading. It is hard to argue with chemicals proven by gas chromatography. The focus in this thread seems to be on miticides in beeswax, not...
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    Re: Typical size of winter cluster??

    This varies depending on genetics with average winter cluster size of a colony of Italian bees covering between 5 and 9 Langstroth deep frames. Carniolans will cover about 5 frames. Pure Mellifera...
  10. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    It is almost funny to read threads like this one and see the interplay between different philosophies. JWC started the thread as a way to pooh-pooh treatment free methods. Posts then accumulate...
  11. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    Did you ever feel like you were running a race with a ball and chain tied to your leg? That is effectively what bees are doing so long as we continue to prop up susceptible genetics. Extreme...
  12. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    I would like to post the exact mixture of genetics in Buckfast bees, but that would be an impossible task. Suffice to say that at least 20% of their heritage is from Mellifera and another large...
  13. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    MSL, Shh, he has a drum to beat.

    I won't quote more of the article, but will note that chalkbrood and Capensis takeover were highly rated reasons for colony loss. The problems with hive...
  14. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    That is an incorrect reading of a question that was actually addressed to JWChestnut. South African beekeepers had very little choice. Instead of continually propping up their bees with mite...
  15. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    beemandan is one of the very few I would use that method of arguing with.

    Did you read the Arista page?


    How then do you explain what happened in South Africa?
  16. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    It is more accurate to say that bees heavily infested with mites die. Period. Bees that are consistently treated will live but never develop mite resistance. Mite bombs still destroy too many...
  17. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    Thank you beemandan. I agree with you that the biological cost of VSH is very high. My experience with high VSH bees is that they never build up to a strong enough colony to make a good crop of...
  18. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    I'm 60 which is getting on up there a bit, but not good enough to go back to the early 1900's.

    beemandan, I'll challenge you the other way. What do you think are the most important mite...
  19. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    IMO, this is not relevant. Bees may exhibit a range of mite resistance traits. Brood breaks are one of the traits. Swarming repetitively creates brood breaks. The two most effective mite...
  20. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    Noting that Roland is older than dirt if he remembers beekeeping from before 1914.

    Beekeepers exploited swarms to the maximum back then often doubling or tripling colony counts in a good year. ...
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    Re: Seeking advice for Breeder Queen

    Check with Harbo. Queens are expensive, but if you want proven mite resistance, he has it.

    http://www.harbobeeco.com/
  22. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    I took 2 supers of honey off of a colony today that was being used to store them. One was moved to a hive that needed the stores for winter. One is here at the house waiting to be extracted.

    It...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    The hardest thing I did was burn 2 colonies that had AFB. I diagnosed it myself but had the state apiary inspector come out and verify that it was AFB. I only had 5 colonies at the time. The two I...
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    Re: A Changing Landscape

    Except the ones the skunk ate.
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    Re: Definition of "Artificial Swarm" ??

    First, define a primary swarm. A primary swarm is a group of bees that separates from the parent colony with a queen (usually the old queen but sometimes a virgin) and moves to a new home. The bees...
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