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    They can and do. Check out Brian Howard's article.

    And I've got a few more notes about bee learning at:

    http://bwrangler.litarium.com/bees-teaching-each-other/

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    Hi Dennis,
    did you read Erik Österlunds blog about this?
    If you mix resistant and non-resistant hives the non-resistant will be resistant as long there is some teaching.
    The learned behavior dwindles after the resistant hives are removed and so the non resistant`s new generations looses resistance.
    So this behavior stays only with resistant stock and must be triggered by mite infestation.

    By the way you are linked in my forum where I translate some of your texts. Thanks for providing them.

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    Default Re: Bees Teaching Bees

    And bees do not post that pulling strings can't possibly work.

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    Hi SiWolKe

    I haven't read Erik's blog but will. And thanks for the links.

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    Hi Guys

    My small cell colonies were mite tolerant, but never completely free of them. So, they constantly had the opportunity to pass knowledge to the next generation.

    Had I treated those bees and essentially eliminated the mites, maybe the colonies would loose that knowledge. And when mite populations rebound, it's possible that the horrible colony loses, common during the first season, could be repeated.

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    So buy the package and use local queens?
    That way they can learn from the older bees too.
    So what is the point to buy a $500 dollars mite biting breeder queen for?
    Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?

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    Here's a link to the article in Erik's Blog:

    http://www.elgon.es/diary/?p=942

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    I posted this on the Scientific Studies page. https://www.beesource.com/forums/show...g-pulling-bees!

    The study was on bumbles in an enclosed "arena," but there is no reason the trick can't be done with honeybees. I wanna try it. The apparatus is dead simple, and should only cost pocket cash to build.

    The study has a lot of linked videos, pretty cool to watch.

    http://journals.plos.org/plosbiology...o.1002564.s012

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