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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Mr. Imirie begins his appeal with variations on this theme:

    "Maybe you are content with a colony production of only 40-50 pounds of honey made in April and May; but … my 10 year average yield got...
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    Glad to share, GregV. I am pleased to hear that it is helpful.
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    Re: Partridge Pea

    This weekend I happened to catch both the Bombus and the Apis working the partridge pea.

    Based on what I observed over two days, it appears that the bumblebees will work the flowers for pollen...
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    Last year, I noticed that it was a full 45+ days after I saw the first evidence of goldenrod bloom (August 4th) until I saw bees working it on my place (September 16th).

    So this year I decided to...
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    AR1:

    It sounds like you have a good game plan in mind- hopefully a few of your new colonies will show some resistance.

    I also enjoy watching them forcibly evicting SHBs, and it gives me sick...
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    Makes good sense to me, GregV. Maybe even looking into the 48 hour queen cells like MSL has advocated for?

    It seems most of what I have read has suggested a 10 hour transport time as a reasonable...
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    Gray Goose:

    Thank you for your astute replies- you are of course right, and as I thought through the implications of open polyandrous mating it became plain to me that even if you could define...
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    Great points, GWW. I think most of us can completely relate to your sentiments, and I think being able to share these experiences and communicate with others who are working toward the same...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Almost on cue, I thought the following commentary brought out some interesting points relative to this issue of phenotypical adaptation:
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    AR1:

    Thank you for the update. It sounds like you have done very well in growing your apiary.

    I do hope you will continue to update us on your progress- is your plan to continue aggressively...
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    GREAT response, GWW. Thank you for taking the time to type all that out.

    I've read your post carefully three times now, and I think you make a lot of very salient points. And if I might summarize...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    From my very humble perspective, I think you are right in this regard. If nothing else, we need to begin by making a much finer distinction between the theory of evolution and the observational proof...
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    Re: Partridge Pea

    Thanks, GWW. It does seem like this year (at least where I am at) has been different from the start. I can only speculate what the bright orange pollen is, but they have been working the last of the...
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    Re: Late season swarm

    GREAT post- I really enjoyed reading the entire thread. At the end of the day it seems to me that all that really matters is the legacy we leave behind.
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    I thought I would take a swing at this topic- knowing I might strike out. So feel welcome to offer your critiques- you won’t hurt my feelings.

    At a very practical level, I recognize that my...
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    Re: Partridge Pea

    So I assumed the white pollen was boneset- but you may be right about it being chicory. We have a pretty even mix of dark orange and pale white pollen coming in here at the moment, with a little of a...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Interesting article, GregV. That was indeed a thought-provoking read. There were a few points he made that were note-worthy to me.

    It is notable to me that he holds the standard Darwinian line...
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    Re: Partridge Pea

    While I personally have not seen bumble bees work the flowers, I ran across this video last night that was pretty interesting:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf3o2N96iq8
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    Thanks, GWW. I learned something today! Looked...

    Thanks, GWW. I learned something today!

    Looked it up, and here is a good resource describing just what you were referring to:

    http://www.wildsouthflorida.com/partridge.pea.html

    Thanks again...
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    I saw this article today too, and I thought it...

    I saw this article today too, and I thought it was published as satire. Imagine my surprise when I discovered this is actually a peer-reviewed research study:
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    So this afternoon, I observed first-hand...

    So this afternoon, I observed first-hand significant foraging activity as Western described in a previous post noting, "Bees go below the flower, not on the flower."

    A little context- I planted a...
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    Gray Goose:

    Thank you for your feedback. Good questions. I think there are three (3) posts made in the last year that give one the best sense of their progress to-date (as posted below). I am...
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    So today I was reading the September 'BeeLines' publication (the official periodical of the Kentucky State Beekeeper's Association) when I read an innocuous headline of 'Queen bee researchers to hear...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Way to go, GregV. Keep up the good work...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    I observed one of these in action last August. While ultimately unsuccessful (likely because of my involvement), the attempted usurpation was a queen who was superseded and subsequently took off with...
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