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  1. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    Nothing illustrates the "Have your cake and eat it too" contradictory nature of so-called Treatment Free theory, than the mutually exclusive and competing claims that 1) Feral bees are better...
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    Re: Speed of adaptation....

    Bravo for your commentary.

    The larger lesson to be learned here: Amateur armchair theorizing should be avoided.

    This appears to be a particular problem within this forum's "TF" community, ...
  3. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    Research in Canada indicates this blithely dismissed "typical commercial queens" have greater genetic resilience than "feral" bees, which by in large (in the Canadian data) are compromised and...
  4. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    Are you desperate to find a reason to dismiss the utter failure of the TF cohort or what ???

    The researcher, Dr. Underwood, desperately wishes the TF cohort will succeed. It is not from lack...
  5. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    The COMB presentation at Apimondia updated the status of the remaining Treatment Free hives in 2019. After suffering the 80% loss overwinter, the participants were unable to rebuild the TF cohort...
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    Re: Speed of adaptation....

    In natural selection, selection is factored with heritability. Negative selection (most bees die off) is influenced by very low heritability among the "survivors". Queens mate with 20-30...
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    Re: What recourse do I have?

    Everyone needs an outyard. If you run into neighbor problems, simply move your hives to the outyard. These conflicts escalate, and the beekeeper is (virtually) always the loser.
  8. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread


    Please. Each apiary had sets of 12 hives, sets of 4 each in each of the 3 treatments. Please don't confound your ignorance in your rush to slag on science.

    All colonies were...
  9. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    I suggest you read the protocol and first year report, rather than just shotgunning objections.
    For instance:
    1) Apiaries were in two states and many locations, 2) hives were among 27...
  10. Re: Stolen Hives recovered from arrested bee thief, not all boxes ID'd to owner.

    Antonio Diaz Catarino was acquitted on all charges in a jury trial held at Kings County Superior Court (Hanford, Ca), August 19-21, 2019. I have no detail on the defenses presented to the jury that...
  11. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    EFB is classically considered a disease that manifests itself in weak and compromised hives, and often resolves spontaneously when hive nutrition improves and the underlying cause of the weakness is...
  12. Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    I don't permit myself to engage in endless online debates. So I will end it here.
    Selection of traits **is** evolutionary change. The important perspective to notice, is bees are loathe to...
  13. Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    One important characteristic of the genus Apis to remember is that it is a microscopic branch of the order Hymenoptera. True social insects are exceptionally rare, and have no evolutionary...
  14. Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    The "fixed idea" that diseases will naturally evolve to "less virulent" forms is a fundamental error.

    Dr. Stephen Martin has shown, in the case of DWV transmitted by Varroa, the **exact...
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    Re: Subspecies identification by color pattern

    I get CBPV in overwintered hives the 3rd summer or so. The bees crowd on the bottom board, and tumble off on to the ground in a heap. They die just inches from the bottom board by the thousands. ...
  16. Re: Does AFB deadout comb always have scales?

    Not definitive, but a UV blacklight will reveal protein rich remains on the comb. Those include the guanine deposits of the mites, and scale bodies from AFB decay. The protein glows brightly in...
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    Re: a scientific look at 'mite bombs'

    Of course, the best way to prevent that is make sure the hives don't sicken and die from untreated Varroa infection. There has been a lot of "denialism" from the TF crowd claiming that epidemic...
  18. Re: Want to notch 2 deep boxes and make nucs, but canít find the queen

    I use an extra box, extra frames and a queen excluder.

    Put extra box on ground. Open up hive, and expose the brood nest. Lift brood comb and shake bees off it. Put brood comb in the...
  19. Re: Mann Lake Failed Me - Best Premade Hive Box?

    Last act before you close the box, squeeze the frames together on each side. The right angle on your hive tool is perfect for this lever action. This equalizes the 1st and 10th frame space to...
  20. Re: Things I heard at s bee meeting about plants

    By "yellow clover" you likely mean Melilotus indicus --- the regularized common name is "Yellow Sweet-Clover" . Different genus than the lawn clovers (Trifolium sp).

    Melilotus indicus and...
  21. Re: Out of Luck on Trying the Saskatraz Queens

    I got 40 Saskatraz from Olivarez on April 26th. 3 were DOA. 2 turned drone layers. 5/40 failure is a much higher mortality/poor mating than is typical on my overnight shipped California queens
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    Re: Honey Separated in Jar

    The saturation of sugar in water is temperature dependent, why "heating honey reliquifies it" . As honey crystalizes, the sugar drops out, but the water remains in solution, the solution, the...
  23. 2019 Lusby conference cancelled, no signups.


    2019 Lusby Conference blows up, virtually nobody signed up.

    Guess the thought of getting mauled by bloodthirsty Arizona Africanized bees didn't appeal.
  24. Re: When do California Commercial beekeepers order their queens?

    Uh, I ordered a bunch just after Christmas. One particular queen reared told me, "We roll our spring list from previous years, if you want to get on the April list, someone has to die first".
  25. Re: The Cause of Puerto Rican AHB's being resistent to Varroa Mites

    Not according to the research of Stephen Martin on Fernando de Noronha. He investigated the claims the island bees became 1) resistant to Varroa, or 2) the virulence of the virus associated with...
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