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    Any plant that had decided that spring had come early and acted accordingly is in for a nasty shock and big sulk .
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    The chewing doesn't matter it is the contact that is important. I find that in a busy hive through Spring/Summer there is about one month of life in the strips before the solution has passed out of them. You can also do a taste test and if they still have plenty of "tang" you know there is life left in them. Other than that it is just standard monitoring by shakes or alc wash if you prefer.
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    If mites numbers start to climb you are too late because by the time the mite factory shows an increase in production the brood is full of Mites. Mine stay in over winter so I can wring the last few percent out of them and because it saves another job in winter. By the time Spring comes around its a safe bet the overwintered ones are good for nothing
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    I'm putting more fresh ones in now to replace march staples, they expire just like most things so it pays to keep things up to date especially if they are chewed or look worn and discoloured.
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    from what i've seen is they tend to proplise it and leave it. i wonder if its because it acts like a thick chunk of wax or burr comb.
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    Quick Update: All the colours are in on all 4 quadrants...finding enough Winter and Autumn pollens slowed things down. The Paper trail is a doorstop now. So its become obvious i need to put it all into a database. This first chart is a draft its a funny mix of whatever i could find world wide, so its NZ, AU, EU, dominated in plant origins. So I’m collating at least 1500 plant pollen types and colours, with whatever quality and quantity information I have found. Now that is something that will be a bit easier to share with you. Some information is unverified and the authorship is not declared, and some is peer reviewed and has been collated using standard scientific method, there will be a bibliography with the database. Hopefully people here can then use that original to improve and customise for localities. The chart image will be available for enjoyment. I think the next iteration may have to be a series of 12 separate large charts. What a strange way to have fun. But it’s fun.
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