I had some yard work to do near one of the swarm hives( a swarm that landed in empty equipment). Had nearly a dozen (one at a time) "buzzers" that keep flying around my face. Killed all of them, and they where all "Clear with a black butt" .. The abdomen is yellow with no stripes until the end , where it is all black , not banded like an Italian. And they propolize everything.
I can not afford to let those genes into my gene pool, so I will hunt down the queen and strike ALL of the drone brood. A Strachan NWC is to arrive on Thursday. Good ridance.
Still in the bee business?
The question is what to do, and the answer, as always, is complicated by a muddle of reason, emotion, and doubt.
I sure hope that he is. I hate to hear about the divorce but I'm still rooting for ya!
WOW!!!!!! this thread is like a car crash and i cant turn away. when i had my colon surgery i didnt take advice from my surgeon either i explained to him my way was better .
Scooby is an interesting guy. You can follow his exploits by searching Youtube for Scooby's Scoop. Nothing recent regarding the hives but there is some footage of riding a motorcycle in Peru. I don't think 10,000 is going to happen this year either.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.
I was afraid Scooby might be a one shot wonder, I was hoping he would make it to 10,000 so I could learn from him.