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April 2019 Apiary Diary

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@M4tt did you say there were bees out front .

Some of the alive bees out front of my dead hive were a bit wobbly too.

But there was no honey in the hive and some bees were hatching with the tongues out .

I am sure it was starvation .

I have only ever seen one shinny bee and no stumpy wings .

Is it possible I do not have the virus .

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2 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

@M4tt did you say there were bees out front .

Some of the alive bees out front of my dead hive were a bit wobbly too.

But there was no honey in the hive and some bees were hatching with the tongues out .

I am sure it was starvation .

I have only ever seen one shinny bee and no stumpy wings .

Is it possible I do not have the virus .

One had a pile of dead bees out front , another they'd retreated up to the feeder to die .

Mine most certainly aren't starving . They're actually bringing in fresh nectar

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17 hours ago, M4tt said:

Alrighty.......

 

House apiary today . 7 hives .

First one , second year Frazz queen. Looks good .

Second. There is a half paralysed new supercedure queen . Hardly any bees . It got merged with its neighbour , the third hive , who is full of shiny bees ........hmmm.

 Fourth . Strong . Full of shiny bees , mostly working the edges of the hive . Brood nest workers look ok .

Fifth . Shiny bees . Weak and fading .

Sixth .  Shiny bees . Weak and fading . Merged with Seventh , shiny bees , weak and fading . 

 

Seven became Five which I am pretty sure will be One in the near future.

 

Any one else seeing this ? 

 

 

Feeder is full of dead shiny bees , and hairy bees . No syrup been in there 

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Are most of the shiny bees in the bottom box ?? I see this quiet often where the bottom box is pretty much empty, there seems to be a really high percentage of old bees hanging around down there. 

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39 minutes ago, nikki watts said:

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Are most of the shiny bees in the bottom box ?? I see this quiet often where the bottom box is pretty much empty, there seems to be a really high percentage of old bees hanging around down there. 

The sick  bees appear away from the broodnest , so yes in the bottom box where there is no brood , and the outer frames .

This pic is outside one hive . Not all hives have dead bees out front . 

They have been rained on this morning but you can  still see they are shiny 

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I've not had a hive with this before - the shaking and deaths etc.  But I do notice in some hives from time to time a greater number of bees that look like this.  I think of them more as robber bees.  But in any event they always seem to hang out together near the bottom of the frames.  

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29 minutes ago, M4tt said:

The sick  bees appear away from the broodnest , so yes in the bottom box where there is no brood , and the outer frames .

This pic is outside one hive . Not all hives have dead bees out front . 

They have been rained on this morning but you can  still see they are shiny 

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have you thought about feeding them some feedbee or similar tonic ?

 

18 hours ago, M4tt said:

 

 

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What’s that detritus under the bees ?? Looks like wax ripped apart.  Could it be they’re getting robbed out ?? 

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34 minutes ago, nikki watts said:

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have you thought about feeding them some feedbee or similar tonic ?

 

What’s that detritus under the bees ?? Looks like wax ripped apart.  Could it be they’re getting robbed out ?? 

Detritus is old wax scrapings that they have cleaned up and are sitting on . No sign of robbing .

 

Not really keen to feed tonics . It will have to run its course 

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First frost.....Doggone.

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I visited my isplated site yesterday.No sign of any varroa, mind you nearest beek is 8km as the crow fles.One hive which is headed by an Amm has stopped laying.The other heeaded by an Italian is still laying well.Honey coming in,Erica Lusitanica.Hopefully  I will get some comb drawn.I will use this AMM to breed up.I have access to sites which are miles away from othe beeks and the only bees in the area are amm survivors I guess.

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The question is whether the AMM survivors are survivors because they are resistant to varoa or because they have never come in contact with it. I blame drones for spreading varoa and drones are attracted to larger oncentrations of hives more than single hives way out in the bush. AMM hives survived for years in the bush around here and I believe it was simply that they didn't have contact with varoa. They may have been more resistant but I doubt it because they are all gone now.

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9 hours ago, jamesc said:

First frost.....Doggone.

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Bloody hell !

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10 hours ago, jamesc said:

First frost.....Doggone.

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chilly.

mind you even in the winterless north here it was just under 3c this morning.

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first frost for souwest waikato today as well ,but a lot lighter than yours

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Bummer of a day. I think I found my first case of AFB. If you are an experienced finder, could you please go to Disease & Pests and read, or watch the video? I would appreciate your feedback.

 

Topic: Is this AFB?

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Sometimes education pays off, and today we dodged a bullet after edumacating one of our landowners.

TXT last night to inform me the chopper would be visiting our bee yard on their property to apply a combinatination of glyphosate, metsulfuron, organo sticker and terbathylaxzine .... now if that 'aint gonna give the bees a headache.

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It will kill most everything else growing I guess.

What are they dealing to? A forestry planting?

 

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5 minutes ago, Ali said:

It will kill most everything else growing I guess.

What are they dealing to? A forestry planting?

 

gorse ...

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Darn, conflicting interests there I reckon. Gorse being a blessing for the beek and a curse for the farmer!

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Not the best way to attack gorse . It will leave a nice bare , competition free environment for the next generation of gorse to germinate 

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Shouldn’t we be over in the May diary by now?

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4 hours ago, CHCHPaul said:

Shouldn’t we be over in the May diary by now?

Trev's away. Why don't you start one ?

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46 minutes ago, yesbut said:

Trev's away. Why don't you start one ?

 

Classic @yesbut. I did that a few days ago and some have cottoned on. 

 

This is like back to the future. (I’ll send Trevor the Delorian)

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On 7/05/2019 at 1:06 PM, yesbut said:

Trev's away. Why don't you start one ?

It is jolly hard to get good help

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4 hours ago, Trevor Gillbanks said:

It is jolly hard to get good help

Especially if you’re asking @yesbut... he’ll just confuse you. 

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3 minutes ago, CHCHPaul said:

Especially if you’re asking @yesbut... he’ll just confuse you. 

Only if you smell it wrong. I mean smelt it wrong. Or should it be spell it wrong 

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