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AdamD last won the day on August 31 2015

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  1. The moths like old comb that has been bred in - it's the cocoons they like to eat. Once you have killed the moth eggs/larvae, you need to stop the moths from getting at the comb again.
  2. If you can get them in a smaller or preferably polystyrene hive, they will conserve heat better and grow faster. In the UK, varroa developed a resistance to Apistan and Bayvarol in some parts of the country.
  3. I use an old fridge as a cheap insulated wipe-clean box with a slow cooker inside as the heater. I have a thermostat which I took from an old water boiler.
  4. Of course we are; We're beekeepers!
  5. Bananas are supposed to be similar in smell to the alarm pheremone given off by guard bees from their mandibular glands. I would also be worried about dark colours. De-sensitizing programmes DO work - so stick with it!
  6. I don't know what the weather was like when you inspected but it might have been a bit cool to do so. For a novice, your report is useful and you have asked the right questions. :) You report that there was only capped honey which would indicate that the bees are not foraging in any amount and they can't brood if there's no food to do so. The colony may well come good - it's not always easy to see the queen in any case. I would not worry too much.
  7. Do I have to wait for that long; can't I start now? ++++++ There is a bee gym which is supposed to help bees rid themselves of mites. https://www.vita-europe.com/beehealth/products/bee-gym/
  8. I am impressed by the biosecurity in NZ. I came to Wellington a few years ago with my bags going to Christchurch. When I got them, they had been opened and my shoes had been steam cleaned. Just in case! In the UK anything can come in.
  9. Now there's a challenge for someone to develop a home test kit! Unfortunately if I tried to send honey to NZ for testing I would probably be flogged!
  10. Is there a way someone could do it themselves or does "sending it away" mean that they use loads of clever (expensive) stuff to do the job?
  11. You beat me to it. Markypoo, your black bee doesn't have the shineyness I would expect to see from a sick girl - it looks healthy from the photo. Bees walking away from the hive is a tell-tale sign of a problem. For me, there seems to be a co-incidence with high varroa load late summer, so I would treat for varroa as soon as possible if I saw signs of CBPV. Although the CBPV is not vectored by varroa, I wonder if by removing the varroa and the viruses assoicated with them, it allows the colony to recover as there are just less viruses for the bees to deal with?
  12. The amount of HMF increases with time and temperature so if you want to keep it a LONG time, then cool will be better. There is a maximum limit for HMF in the UK, but it's not easy to measure it. Or is there?
  13. Hairless shiny bees can be a sign of Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus. (!)
  14. If a swarm has a laying queen, she will usually be laying after just a few days (2 - 4) as she comes back into lay and the bees have drawn some comb for her to lay in. If a swarm has a virgin, she will usually be ready to mate after a few more days and then she will start to lay a few days after mating, so if the weather is good and she can get out and mate, I would expect to see eggs in the hive from a young queen a couple of weeks after swarming. http://www.norfolkbee.co.uk/beekeepers-FAQ/when-will-my-new-queen-start-to-lay
  15. I wonder how the ######s got there - a sad day for beekeepers in Fiji however.
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