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Dave Black

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  1. Do you beekeepers not want a 'Bee Aware' week then?
  2. Yes, I read that, and I couldn't think of anything to say about it either. I just can't...
  3. Agreed, an age-old problem and I'm not sure what the answer is, but doesn't mean we try a few things. I sure wouldn't be the best demonstrator in the house!
  4. So two posts for this meeting. We want more stories every time, don't be shy! The most important inspection you will do this year will probably be your first spring inspection. I’m not thinking of those alive/dead visits, or the quick peek and heft to check the food stores, but the first proper visit to go through the brood nest, what I’m going to call the ‘disease inspection’. It’s not a good description. In this case the concern is about one disease, AFB, and these days with so many hives around you will always have an eye open for AFB, and everything else. But the moniker ‘disea
  5. Going back to the hypothetical 'normal' hive the assumption underlying that would be 30,000 bees in the box, and that you treat without the supers, that is, it's nearly all brood nest. The absolute number I suggest is less important than the density of bees on the frames, and that might have some relationship to their activity. Bees manage the number they have covering brood as part of stablising their temperature and gas exchange. Mites remain in the brood nest mostly, with nurse bees or in cell, so that's what we are interested in treating. I do think think this is part of what can go w
  6. Fair but facetious I suppose, sorry, but taken in a very literal sense that is what we do. In our case we poison a hive with enough of a chemical that will kill the very small things but leave bigger things pretty well unharmed, it is a calculated risk. So we calculate. None of this is rocket-science. The maker works out how much is lethal to what, hopefully using good science, and builds in a safety margin accordingly. They design a release rate from the strip, and do some arithmetic to figure out, in most circumstances, how many strips to use. They guess that it is smart, given the l
  7. While you guys get busy deciding how best to poison your hives just consider that honeybees have relatively few detoxifying enzymes for dealing with pests and pesticides. Besides the expense, just doubling everything up gives them more to do with less, and may leave an overwhelmed immune system open to other toxic nasties and diseases they may encounter. As ever, balance your priorities. Just saying.
  8. With respect, this is very confused post (all of it). Using low dose treatments can be a problem, but not because it ‘promotes’ resistance. Resistance is like Lotto; sooner or later the right ‘get-out-jail’ number will turn up. Resistance might arise even when you are not treating at all. What a low dose will do is allow a resistance to multiply. Rotation of treatments means that, even if one number comes up, nek-minute, you’ll need another because I’ve added another lock. Combining treatments with different modes of action doesn’t increase the possibility of resistance, it decreases it. The
  9. If you’re a gardener (aren’t all beekeepers?) you’ll know a little about what biologists call the ‘stress induced flowering response’. As a lad some forty-something years ago I think I knew that, even if scientists have just got around to studying it in the last decade. You know, stop watering whatever it is, or provide a bit of a temperature shock, and it’ll burst into flower. We already knew that right? We suppose plants can survive as a species if they flower and produce seeds, producing the next generation although they themselves cannot adapt to unfavourable environmental conditions. The
  10. I'm quite sure the Management Agency would fail an audit from the Privacy Commisioner. Principle 10 of the Act applies here regardless of what beekeepers may think. I can find no statements about the information collection, retention, etc. that relates to the registration form provided. However, let's wait to hear where the mailing information comes from.
  11. As mentioned last time, for some reason mead generates quite a bit of interest. It baffles me somewhat because, judging by what people will pay money for, mead hasn’t been popular for several hundred years, and can no longer be used for paying taxes. Anyway, for this month’s meeting we had decided to gather and discuss it, and make some. If you are the buying and selling type you can't do this with mead ('cos it's alcohol), but you can turn your mead into Vinegar! I make it occasionally, mostly because I’m lazy about dealing with cappings and wet extractors, but I’m a bit ‘old scho
  12. It’s a complicated thing. There are plants that do not require pollination of any kind to produce fruit and seeds. There are some that require the stimulus of pollination, but not actual fertilisation, to fruit. Where pollination is required a plant may use pollen that it has produced (in the same or a different flower), or may have to use pollen from another, distant, plant of the same species. Unfortunately too, there are plants that have a bet each way, both ‘cross-pollinating’ and ‘self-pollinating’. Pollen is passively dispersed by currents of air and water but animals can be
  13. The group's long CoVid lock-down has been punctuated with Web-hosted virtual meetings for those able to join. This month it was out of the web-world and back to the wide-world with the group's first Honey Show. The BOP group exists to facilitate shared knowledge and experience, in a social setting where potentially everyone has something to contribute, including people that have never (or never intend to), keep their own honeybees. Keeping bees, as a hobby or a business, benefits from good information about many things, for example information about biology and horticulture, carpen
  14. Our operators had two of these; if they are not sold they will be. The logistics just don't work.
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