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Bees last won the day on March 20 2018

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  1. Thanks - but why does it take so long - surely the results will already be known by the powers that bee’
  2. When are the results of the Levy coming through? I thought There would have been a majority voting online and the closing date was last week. Why does it take so long to get the results?
  3. Thank you so much @npomeroy and @DaveBlack - that explains quite a lot though now I am interested in what DAVE Black said about Royal Jelly not being a Bumblebee ‘thing’ .
  4. In the event of a No I would be prepared to pay a levy for research. Just run by the Beekeepers for the Beekeepers . I did vote No.
  5. My question to ponder on today....I thought someone out here might have an idea.. Bees poo ‘on the wing’. . Do they also sometimes poo when sitting foraging on flowers? I have thought it is mainly when they are flying but I don’t know. I have had pissy bees ####e on me occasionally over the years when I’ve upset them but I can’t say I have ever seen a bee naturally ‘doing its thing’. Mid flight.. And im talking about healthy bees not one with nosema or disease.etc. AND then to BUMBLEBEES - can anyone tell me do Bumblebees poo - like honeybees - I.e. in flying mode or do they poo when on flowers. Or possible both. AND does anyone know what Bumbebee Poo looks like? Is it a just bigger version of honeybees deposits? I figure it might be as they are pollen feeders but not sure? these thoughts have come about as one of my customers neighbours is having an issue with bee poo on her windows and it was wondered if it could be Bumblebee poo - as they have a lot of Bumblebees around the house?
  6. Yes I agree. The EPW are much easier to put in - they are just slightly shorter as well. Be interesting to see what the bees do to them. I went to one hive this week which had had the old single thread staples in for a couple of months and half of the floorboard was covered in white fluff - looked like snow. Other hives - also with the older strips - looked like the bees had physically hauled the whole staple out the front of the hive and bits of chewed up staple and threads are lying around - looked they had been having a party!!
  7. I always prick drone brood to check for varroa and it’s definitely showing up in every hive I have checked around town - though in low numbers and these hives haven’t seen staples up to now. Guaranteed every hive which hasn’t been treated around town will have varroa multiplying . I am hoping that the staples will help me stave off the interlopers from untreated hives.
  8. Must be getting close to the end of page 99 🌞
  9. How about collecting pollen over a period of time and getting data from that?
  10. @Ali are you still looking into getting any uncappers? I would definitely be interested in 3 if that can be added to an order? Not actually sure if there is one .....
  11. Thanks yes I got that @Daley . But how can NZ Beekeeping Inc takeover from ApiNZ. How would that work? What are the logistics? Does voting No to the levy remove ApiNZ? I figure not - so if the NO vote was successful - how does the Industry move on?
  12. No I had been there a couple of days before. Checked it again after seeing it like this as I had never quite seen this amount of bearding before. It is definitely the heat doing it. Looked really daunting - bees are quiet as - mellow bees, one of my new season queens going for it. Will be splitting hive next week to raise a few more.
  13. The hive was actually fine - I had taken honey off and replaced frames - just bloody hot!
  14. So really what options are there - vote yes for levy. Or vote no. Is there any other option? Not voting is not an option. If one voted NO to ApiNZ - then what happens - ApiNZ still will be in control and we workers are going nowhere.? - I am a small fry in the commercial world and I personally lean towards NZ Beekeepers Inc. but what would they be able to do differently regarding Research? If there ain’t no money in the pot then no one can do anything - I do understand that. And I can absolutely see the need to get our act together and get our own research. It’s hard to know who to trust because everyone seems to have their own agenda.
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