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dpence
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« on: April 28, 2009, 01:59:18 PM »

Suppose a person wanted to sample a feral hive to make sure it was not Africanized?  Where would you send the sample and how?  I have been called about removing a hive of bees from a tree, and the general idea from these individuals is they believe they are AHB.  Apparently last year the individual lost a dog do to stings from this hive after the dog chased a squirrel up the tree where the hive exists.  This is in Missouri so I am very skeptical and want to quash any idea one way or the other.  Rumors spread ramped in a small community.

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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2009, 02:55:16 PM »

David do a search on AHB ID someone on the forums do the tests I want to say it was someone from FL, The name just escapes me right now. I will also look for it for you think it might be Brendhan

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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2009, 03:08:49 PM »

I found some good info on this site,

http://acwm.co.la.ca.us/scripts/AHB.htm
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2009, 08:30:52 PM »

First off, has it been determined that AHB's are that far north.
I sent my Suspects to the University Of Georgia. Of course I'm in Ga.
Catch about fifty to 100 in a quart jar, spray with either or if you can get the denatured alcohol in to the jar with out loosing many bees. I then put mine in a 8 or 12 ounce plastic honey bottle "don't remember which" and in a padded envelope.

The nearest Bee lab or University that does bee work should accept them.
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2009, 10:08:52 PM »

All I want to know is are they nice?  If they are nice, I want them.  If they are mean, I do not want them.  Many things could work to test that.  (With a veil on of course) blow in the hive and see how many come after you.
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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2009, 10:15:07 PM »

First off, has it been determined that AHB's are that far north.
I sent my Suspects to the University Of Georgia. Of course I'm in Ga.
Catch about fifty to 100 in a quart jar, spray with either or if you can get the denatured alcohol in to the jar with out loosing many bees. I then put mine in a 8 or 12 ounce plastic honey bottle "don't remember which" and in a padded envelope.

The nearest Bee lab or University that does bee work should accept them.
doak

That's why I am skeptical.  According to what I can find there is no confirmed existence of AHB in Missouri.  I am thinking they are just a bit aggressive.  My wife and I viewed the tree and never got head butted, but a few did buzz by our heads.  Keep in mind the entrance is about 15' up.  I got a few pictures but it was cloudy that day.  I will check on what Universities do bee work.  I don't think Mizzou does, they do have an entomology department, but nonspecific to honey bees.

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