Re: Do I really need to medicate?
Do understand that the latitude is only very loosely has to do with this.
Originally Posted by mischief
The local conditions are very much shaped by lots of other factors where the latitude only explains the theoretically possible maximum radiation due to the Sun angles over the horizon (one parameter in, like, hundreds).
Just one example for you - the winter in British Isle is much milder than here in WI, USA.
This totally contradicts the latitudes.
They are up north; we are down south (by a lot).
Sure - that all about the oceanic effects and air mass movements.
Back to the bees - the Russians are not S.C.
They have never been S.C. (standard S.C. being 4.9).
5.2mm is their normal sell size if left alone.
However, the bees (when left alone) keep reusing the same comb for many years (effectively turning it into SC).
I don't know why people ignore this fact.
Absolutely nothing wrong with totally black old combs being reused for 20-30 years (outside of chemical pollution - the modern factor).
The continuous turning over the combs is just a modern, industrialized approach.
Even my Dad taught me that black combs are bad because the bees become smaller in the old, black combs.
Small bee is bad; big bee is good - that's my Dad talking (well, I disagree with my Dad; natural, normal bee is good - either big or small, whatever it is).
It was not that way before in pre-industrial times.
PS: OK, I am trying to turn my own combs only to force the regression to the natural size (whatever it happens to be)
this winter I will go around and measure a sample of my combs in more systemic way to see what I my numbers (now that some of the combs are bee-free).
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.