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    • There isn't an active bee club within an hours drive of timaru. Geraldine did have one but it has gone by the wayside. However I could help put Kelly in touch with a hobbiest and a mentor.
    •  I have Vespex, tempted to try it now as I noticed some of them trying to cart some dead bees away today 
    • @Philbee what is the mix ratio of copper nap you use?  
    • @tom sayn that is a bold statement.   From my own experience, I had to treat  my Italian Closed Population  at least twice per year, and once I transitioned over to a carnica type bee, I have only ever had to treat once.   On brood area characteristics alone, it only  makes sense that varroa would reproduce more slowly in carnica than in Italians.  My carnica population is usually broodless by the end of April, so for the next 2 months the varroa that are there have no where to hide, and usually succumb to grooming, and being the backs of bees makes  varroa treatments more effective. With Italian type  bees,  you have significant brood areas right through the year.  I believe Italians are mite magnets, and mites load into yellow colonies at a much higher rate then they do into carnica colonies.  Aside from varroa tolerance, the amount of sugar I fed was cut in half with carnica, and with carnica, I have never even seen one cell  of chalkbrood, and  almost never see sacbrood, and if EFB, heaven forbid, ever does show up here, then you may have to change your opinion on carnica, because without a doubt, carnica are more resistant to EFB than Italians. Antibiotics or carnica, that may be tough call for some of you guys!   As for your observations, the carni's you are talking about would have naturally mated production Queens heading them, and  they would be hybrid colonies- the carnica Queens would have more likely mated yellow, and the yellow Queens would have more likely mated carniolan.  So with hybrid colonies on both sides, you're right, there wouldn't have been a lot in it treatment wise.
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