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When you say banana thread, is this a home made thread made from a banana tree, leaf, or peeling? If so, could you explain how to make this thread? Around here we have yucca plants, bear grass, and the such of the same family. They have small stems that runs through the long leaf or what ever you call it. You can take 3 or 4 of those stems, twist them together and you have a pretty strong string.
« Last post by Dallasbeek on April 17, 2015, 02:46:01 PM »
Was that a Desert Eagle?  Supposedly, that's a major bit of recoil in the .50 caliber.  And about a buck a round.  Time to get out the reloading press.
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Home Depot plants kill honeybees
« Last post by MDavid on April 17, 2015, 02:31:47 PM »
If you like theory then you'll love mythology:

Once there was a boy named Troy.

Who grew and grew a war.

No time did he take,

To throw open his gate,

With a gift horse he was destroyed.
I've long used honey and propolis for burns & cuts. Reading the aforementioned articles ( more like skimming) it appears that the "beneficial bacteria" come from the bee gut, and don't last long in the "anti-microbial" environment of honey - certainly not as long as it takes to crystallize. It does, however, show promise as a new tool in the battle against AB resistant pathogens.
If I understand correctly ( & forgive me - some of this is very new to me) spore based pathogens can survive, non-spore based (the beneficial bacteria) tend to dwindle in a matter of weeks. Dilution of honey (as when applied to a wound) releases hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide is apparently not the sole source for the "healing nature" of honey.
In general, it appears - when it come to re-liquifying/re-warming honey - that the less heat you can apply, the better, in terms of the amino acids, lipids, vitamins, minerals and enzymes, (and beneficial bacteria). As far as "de-crystallizing", something in the vicinity of 115-120*F seems to be necessary to delay rapid re-crystallizing.
This is an interesting discussion - thanks for the insights. (and any more...)
« Last post by sc-bee on April 17, 2015, 01:19:46 PM »
The queens are caged, and inspected. After the nuc's are made, the young queens are returned to one of the nuc's created from her hive. The old queens were removed.

Sorry Jim... may be me again, I am having a time following this post. Inspected for what? Curiosity or are you talking about removing queens from a mating nuc and inspecting before putting them in splits?
« Last post by sc-bee on April 17, 2015, 01:11:13 PM »
The mating flight can last 30 minutes or longer, but those queens are usually poorly mated.  The best mated queens seem to be those that are on the flight for 23 minutes or less.

Just curious, how do they measure the lenght of a particular queens mating flight?
If you put that comb in another hive the bees will clean it out, and You can cut the comb free and use rubber bands (bannana thread?) to center it, and the bees will re attach it.
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Home Depot plants kill honeybees
« Last post by OldMech on April 17, 2015, 11:10:52 AM »

   I have to stand with D Coates and others..
  I live in SE Iowa.. I have corn and beans growing within feet of my hives. The seeds are treated with systemic pesticides. And yet.. my bees thrive.
   There was a time, years ago, when I saw the planes spraying fields, and I knew I would have dead hives to contend with.   Often, My mentor would lose 60% of his hives, and we would struggle the rest of the year to replace them.

   So which is worse? Having a hive dead RIGHT NOW, or having the time to rotate out the comb that slowly gets contaminated?
   Neonics dont kill bees instantly..  So the way I see it, the bees WILL eventually become immune, just like the mites become immune to the treatments we use.

   What people are throwing a fit about, is their food source.  We all eat this stuff, just like the bees do. so as Mr. Bush mentioned.. why are we not worried about us?
   The next worry, is that there is money involved..   so you have FOOD and MONEY in the same problem..  when that happens, your not going to start yelling and have anyone take you seriously..  In fact, if your one vote DID have the power to end the use of neonics and pesticides instantly, you would die so you could not vote. Thats how much money is involved.
   Pesticides WILL be used..  make neonics illegal and they will be spraying again.  I prefer to stick with something I can take the time to deal with.

   I live in the heart of farm country. I help farmers every spring and fall.  I can state, that Every one of them understands what they are using.   But they are being pushed into a corner, and will be forced to take sides.  With Monsanto Sueing farmers that are using beans that have their "round up ready" Gene...  even though they have been saving, and using their own seed for 80+ years, their neighbors beans have cross pollinated with theirs, so Monsanto puts them out of business....   To the banning of DDT and now the controversy with Neonics..   what are they supposed to plant?  you cant save your own seed anymore, you have to buy it.. is it posible to BUY corn or bean seed that is not treated?  If you can, will you even get a crop after the bugs are done?  Oh yeah, they can claim the loss and go on welfare so the taxpayers can support them and their families...
« Last post by Dallasbeek on April 17, 2015, 11:08:21 AM »
Very interesting how frequently the bullet tumbled or cartwheeled after exiting from the target -- peanut butter, for example. 
THE 2ND AMENDMENT / Re: SVT-40 I found one and it's on the way!!
« Last post by OldMech on April 17, 2015, 10:45:12 AM »
Beemaster, Even with my poor eyesight, I routinely fire very tight groups.  The trick is to just shoot once and call it a group. :cool:

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