« Last post by capt44 on April 17, 2015, 08:06:12 PM »
When I go into my hives I very seldom look for the queen. I look at the capped brood, uncapped brood and eggs then I know she's doing her job. But if you have a large population of bees like now then you'll drive yourself crazy trying to find her. She'll run, hide and do about anything else to keep from being in the light.
« Last post by AR Beekeeper on April 17, 2015, 07:36:05 PM »
The study I read was done in Austria and they had nucs with clear plastic tubes for entrances. The entrances had an excluder to hold the queen in or out until an observer allowed the queen to fly or reenter the nuc. Queens were logged out and back in, and allowed to fly each day until they started to lay. When they started to lay they were killed and the amount of stored sperm counted.
« Last post by Dallasbeek on April 17, 2015, 07:30:38 PM »
My hero is an Iowa farm boy who went off to college and studied forestry. Norman Borlaug became the father of the Green Revolution and took home a Nobel Prize for doing a whole lot more than some of the more recent prize winners (Yasser Arafat and a guy named Obama come to mind), because he probably saved the lives of more people than anybody in history. His work resulted in food production that avoided the "Population Bomb" predicted by Paul Erlich and others who said the earth could not sustain the population that it had produced.
There are always Chicken Littles spouting off about terrible things humanity is facing. Most of the time the sky isn't falling at all, but when we follow them, calamity usually awaits and the law of unintended consequences kicks in.
GMOs? Bring them on. That's what we've been doing for 10,000 years in agriculture, isn't it? Insecticides? Beats the heck out of smashing critters between two rocks. Just use all things judiciously. I'm with D. Coates.
« Last post by Candiebears on April 17, 2015, 07:19:01 PM »
I just can't find my queen. I keep looking. I figured I'd take pictures... so I don't have bother the bees too much... And have still failed to identify her. I googled what they look like.. and that made identifying even harder for me :( My queen was NOT marked... and I will never ever buy bees that don't have a marked queen again.
Here's the link to my photos that I took.. If you can help me locate her.. I'd be eternally grateful. If not.. Enjoy the pictures :)
« Last post by Wombat2 on April 17, 2015, 06:22:02 PM »
at the local weekly market there were 5 stalls selling honey - 3 had unlabeled jars, 1 had hand written labels with just the word "Honey" - only 1 had a more informative label but no contact details or nutritional information (required if selling by retail). I tried to report it -Council aid it was DPI - DPI said it was State Health - State Health said it was Local Council ...I gave up