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  1. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Genetics, Synergists, and Age Affect Insecticide Sensitivity of the Honey Bee, Apis mellifera The number of honey bee colonies in the United States has declined to half of its peak level in the 1940s, and colonies lost over the winter have reached levels that are becoming economically unstable...
  2. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Phenotypic and Genetic Analyses of the Varroa Sensitive Hygienic Trait in Russian Honey Bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) Colonies Varroa destructor continues to threaten colonies of European honey bees. General hygiene, and more specific Varroa Sensitive Hygiene (VSH), provide resistance towards the...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    I installed two Italian packages on May 5th in NYC area. Here is my first concern/problem with the hive #1 : On the 3rd day after installation candy was gone but could not spot the queen on any frames. A week later still no eggs. Started search for a new queen. 11 days later received Russian...
  4. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Is this pretty accurate and what have I missed? Thank you Honey Bee sub-species Bold species are available or present in the United States. Africanized - Apis mellifera scutellata - hardiness, quick build-up, swarmy, abscond, build brood over stores, no cold resistance All-American-...
  5. Beekeeping 101
    I got a package of local Russian bees about a month and a half ago. Fed them for 3 weeks and then a flow started. They still have barely drawn 10 medium frames - my two other hives that I caught as swarms are on their 5th supers at this point and they are only 2 weeks older than the Russians...
  6. Bee Forum
    I may try to get a couple of Brachmann's queens this summer... Would anyone care to share their experiences?
  7. Bee Forum
    Is this possible? I got an okay 5 medium-frame nuc on June 6 (very little capped brood, but a lot of open brood) with a Russian queen. The beek didn't cage them in the previous night, and didn't want me to come in the evening, so I probably lost a good deal of the field workers. I did my...
  8. Bee Forum
    Hey guys, I'm getting my first Russians from Dwight Porter this year after having Italians. I would like to hear some feed back on your keeping experience with Russians and how they compare to your other breeds. I know all the facts on the Russians, so I just want some experiences. Looking...
  9. Consumer Report
    Hi All, It is with humbling despair that I write this email to forewarn anyone all to avoid Chuck Norton (Norton Honey Farm) at all cost. Long story short, I am a second year beekeeper who saved up enough money to buy some queens to start my own nucs. I read my American Bee Journal and Bee...
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