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    Re: Speed of adaptation....

    Took this cricket just 20 generations to evolve.

    https://www.nature.com/news/evolution-sparks-silence-of-the-crickets-1.15323
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    Re: Need a bee suit recommendation

    I consider myself an expert in only a very few things in life, most revolve around eating and power napping skills. However, I live in South Alabama, which is just next door to Hell. We have been...
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    I will do that Greg. I have a "remote" yard picked out for this Spring. The plan is to graft queens from some of my better colonies and start some nucs there. I have not set out a lot of swarm...
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    I follow SP's long-running thread. His apiary is not doing so well right now, but I am a big fan and enjoy his posts. As to why I don't drive to these people's houses for introductions, I generally...
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    Michael:

    I am assuming those percentages are based off of average package/nuc purchases that come from treated (non-survivor) stock. But let's say I was willing to suffer the losses and work this...
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    Re: Screen vs Solid bottom board in Florida

    I run between 20 and 30 hives on the Florida/Alabama line. I use screened bottom boards, but I would not have any issue using solids either. I prefer screened because I like to monitor mite drop...
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    Re: Simple Harmony Farms uncapper

    This year, I ran 310 frames through the SHF uncapper (1,200# honey) in two pulls on June 2, 2019 and July 7, 2019. Once extracted, I put the combs back on the hives after both pulls. Within a week...
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    Re: OAV and Brood damage

    Below is an article by Randy Oliver that discusses Oxalic Acid DRIBBLE. If you scroll about half way down there is a segment "Does it Harm the Bees." In this section, Randy names a few studies on...
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    Re: Drones Blind Queens with Semen

    This is what I gathered. I suspect that their is a high degree of kinship in any one particular DCA. Lots of brothers and first cousins. So, if we are to follow the theory that there was an...
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    Re: Drones Blind Queens with Semen

    I have my doubts as well. I suppose the theory is that the evolutionary pressures that cause a queen to make only a single or very limited flights were blinding sperm and not the fact that queens...
  11. Re: Smartphone app that listens to bees to tell you what health issues they have

    I had low expectations. They remain low. My primary issue with the data collection is that they do not let you "opt-out" of a reading. For instance, if it says I have low varroa, I am supposed to...
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    Drones Blind Queens with Semen

    I thought this was a joke at first. Never heard of it before.

    https://www.newsweek.com/bee-semen-queen-blind-mating-1458438
  13. Re: Germany to ban glyphosate to save insects, finally!

    This country has depended on glyphosate for half a century. All of the sudden, it is blamed for killing off honey bees.

    There are not many active farmers today that can remember life without...
  14. Re: Germany to ban glyphosate to save insects, finally!

    I suppose this is because the 2013 ban on neonicitinoids has worked out so well for them. Six years after all neonics were banned from pollinator-attracting plants, there has been no effect on...
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    Re: OAV with honey supers/Fall Extraction Blues

    This whole issue needs to be resolved by beekeepers. If Oxalic Acid is going to be the new mainstay treatment, and not the latest fad in treatments, it is time to get our state and regional...
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    Re: OAV with honey supers

    I want to comply with both the spirit and the letter of the label. I truly see no difference in the following 2 scenarios:

    scenario 1: Insert barrier between brood chambers and super chambers...
  17. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    I have only used Apiguard. I really liked thymol, but I gassed out a couple hives and stopped using it. I may give ApiLife Var a try. Maybe it is a little milder and more suited for our impossible...
  18. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    I have a 2009 edition of Keith Delaplane's First Lessons in Beekeeping. The 24 hour sticky board natural drop treatment threshold for the Southeastern US is as high as 190 mites. Can you imagine...
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    Re: OAV with honey supers

    First, I fully agree with your post SP and we need to be careful when we openly discuss supplanting the law with our own judgment which we have little or no scientific evidence to support. However,...
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    Frank:

    You are correct about Randy’s work with extended-release OA treatments in hives. UGA and Auburn University have done some studies with Randy’s formula in the Southeast. Randy is in arid...
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    Eric: I am a little surprised you are not having some issues with thymol treatments in Georgia. I lost a couple of hives with Apiguard while trying to treat in the high 80s and have not gone back...
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    Fumidil-B. Itís Back?

    Got a Mann Lake circular yesterday advertising Fumidil-B (I am assuming this is fumagillin??) for sale. Big bold headline saying ďItís BackĒ and is touted as the only known treatment for nosema.
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    Espice:

    I tried the OAV-only route for a couple of years and found it just did not do the job in a climate that has 11 1/2 months of brood a year. For 2 years now, I have been putting in Apivar...
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    Re: Did I kill my Queen? NNOOOOO!

    I have had two queens balled immediately after painting, but I have not had one faint on me yet. Not looking forward to that anxiety.
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    Re: Shaker box girls say nope

    I generally have to use more than "a bit." I am virtually smoke bombing them to get them to go through the excluder. I have the same issue as you describe with bees adhering to the sides of the box...
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