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    Re: Mites zapped by laser frame

    As I see it, the problem lies not with killing mites already in the hive - that can be achieved well enough with chemicals - it's re-infestation which causes the Varroa problem to persist ...

    So -...
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    Re: Well this might change things!

    That's my story too. I used to raise natural queen cells on foundationless comb (still do) - the newer the comb the better - and on a couple of occasions I tried 'notching' a few cells (just for the...
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    Re: Well this might change things!

    Forgot to mention ...

    In that paper: https://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0199124 evidence is presented that workers select specific larvae (assuming that they have a choice in the matter,...
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    Re: Well this might change things!

    In this study, one colony registered evidence of 77: https://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0199124

    Maybe the lady in question was wearing too much Chanel No.5 ... LOL

    But many queens showed...
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    Re: Dead virgins in JZBZ cages

    Bummer. Two possible lines of enquiry : what were the virgins given to eat ? And - with the rig you made - were other bees able to gain access to the virgins between emergence and death ?
    LJ
  6. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    A misunderstanding then. Mitchell and I have crossed swords in the past about the premises upon which his theories are based. For a moment there I thought that he'd actually generated some hard...
  7. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    To save me reading that - what is the basis of that 'research' ? DM has only been beekeeping for a couple of years and afaik has very few colonies. His wife is an experienced beekeeper of course ......
  8. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    If you investigate near-Earth atmospheric electricity (a wikipedia-level investigation ...), you may begin to get some clues there. During flight a honeybee develops anywhere from 20 or 30 - up to a...
  9. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    "Trained physicist" - yes, 'trained' is an appropriate term to use - I couldn't improve on that.

    So - you're a physicist intent upon analysing the dynamic conditions within a beehive.
    Question:...
  10. Re: Maximum Crop & Earthquake Proof Hive Stand

    If anyone's interested - this is a link to a BBC article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-47103392 That dragon (the emblem of Wales) was carved from a felled oak using a chainsaw - the amount of...
  11. Re: Maximum Crop & Earthquake Proof Hive Stand

    ... or even a dragon ?

    https://images2.imgbox.com/ee/46/KPnkYuN7_o.jpg

    :) LJ
  12. Re: Video - long Ukrainan hives - English audio

    Me too. (Well done, Greg)
    At the moment I'm downloading a couple which I think are about making DIY embossed foundation and. although foundation isn't 'my thing', I love to see new methods of...
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    Re: A-Z Hives - ventilation ?

    Johno - Thanks - LJ
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    A-Z Hives - ventilation ?

    Yet another day of continuous rain, and so my thoughts have turned to the small-footprint tall-stack hives I'll be installing into a converted caravan (camper) next year ...

    These hives will...
  15. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    I think one needs to be very careful here when making comparisons. Honey-bees are not humans - they have different respiratory systems and, unlike humans, are individually poikilothermic - although...
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    Re: Dzierzon's Beehives

    There's also John Keys' 'The Practical Bee-Master', 1780, the frontispiece of which reads:


    So - is this recurring reference to destroying bees simply a sales-pitch, or was it indeed common...
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    Re: Dzierzon's Beehives

    Michael - I didn't say 'kill the bees' - I said 'destroy the colonies'. If you check the IWF 'Heather Skep Apiary' videos: "No.6 - Autumn Work in the Heather Skep Apiary", colonies can be observed...
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    Dzierzon's Beehives

    In the period just prior to that beehive development which put Langstroth's name into such prominence, experiments were being conducted by beekeepers around the world in an attempt to improve upon...
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    Re: iPhone Microwaves Causes Absconding

    Having been raised in a 'hard science' environment, I was the world's greatest skeptic until the day I actually tried dousing. 'Gobsmacked' is the only word I can use to describe the experience....
  20. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    I don't know either ...

    I find it hard to disagree with the need for ventilation, as I rely upon bottom ventilation to ensure winter survival in my own uber-damp environment - and yet at the same...
  21. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    My location is 'damp' - i.e. 'humid', but without the heat. This is a turning area alongside my driveway:

    https://images2.imgbox.com/da/07/LPu7BI5s_o.jpg

    So I kill off the moss every 3 or 4...
  22. Re: Video - long Ukrainan hives - English audio

    Greg - are you sure that's the right link ? What I'm seeing is a Beekeeping Exhibition. :) Some very nice product presentations - but not in English, unfortunately ...
    LJ
  23. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    And yet we observe the bees' gluing-up of cracks within a beehive (which would otherwise provide some ventilation) - with their priority always being to seal the topmost area first. And - they can...
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    Re: Cover Foil

    I really don't know what to say to you about this .... Perhaps just that Youtube is not the only source of beekeeping information ? Imo, much better than relying on videos is to join forums such as...
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    There's another issue which keeps occurring to me, although it would need a lot more thinking about before any trials were undertaken ...

    ... and that is the whole issue of ventilating to...
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