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Jose Thayil

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  1. Beekeeping in the Kingdom of Tonga on the Island of Vava'u | theabk
  2. Most bee stocks in NZ has AMM in them. Even though the bees look yellow does not mean they are mainly Italian. Yellow color is supposed to be a dominant color in bees. Italians and Carniolans are supposed to have a slim body compared to AMM bees, but a lot of the yellow Italian bees in NZ show typical rounded abdomen like that of AMM. No body has really looked at the genetics of our yellow bees. There could be a lot more AMM in them than what we think there is. Its just that a lot of beekeepers in NZ over a long period of time tried hard to eliminate the undesirable characters in the bees
  3. They are supposed to flower from summer to late autumn. So there could be still a chance.
  4. This is what I found on google. Hope thats what it looks like.
  5. Obama Unveils Plan to Reverse Alarming Decline of Honeybees
  6. @Grant Any chance of getting some seeds? Would like to plant some if I can get hold of some seeds
  7. Any Idea who to contact to get some seeds of this tree?
  8. Thanks for that @frazzledfozzle Wonder why its not available in NZ considering its a very good tree for bees and is drought tolerant. Could be beneficial during the dry summers we are getting now which is becoming a pattern. The berries are also supposed to be attractive to different birds. Would it be a bad thing to introduce it to NZ?
  9. Tetradium daniellii Do we have this in New Zealand?
  10. So it looks like another wet cold spring followed by a dry summer for us in Waikato.
  11. WHat does that mean to us beekeepers??? El Nino to return with both rain and drought - National - NZ Herald News
  12. This is how typical AMM (Black bee) looks like. Notice the more rounded abdomen and bulky look with less grey hair and more dark hair on the body. And another picture of the black bees where they originated from.
  13. This is how a typical Carniolan queen and bees look like.
  14. All treatments came out of the hives. Most hives are broodless with only a couple (Italians) with small patches of brood. They have filled up most of the brood area with nectar but not capped. I think they wont cap it and will use it up first when they don't have anything else coming in. All the hives still have a good number of bees. Ready to go into winter.
  15. In saying that we have most of the diseases in NZ except for EFB and Tracheal Mite. I dont know of any other virus or disease which we dont already have in NZ. I could be wrong though. So if we check for diseases properly before any import we should be alright i think. Especially if we are only going to import semen or eggs. Just a thought. Buckfast bees could be a good addition to our existing stock as its a combination of different strains of bees and selected for the best qualities over a long period of time.
  16. My treatments went in almost a month ago. So that the last few big sets of brood are all healthy bees coming out to overwinter. I have just finished putting entrance reducers on all my hives. Even though the number of bees in the hives are still pretty high, I like to close up the entrances a bit early so that the bees can defend the he hive well against wasps and keep the temperature and humidity well controlled going into winter. Don't really like to open them up much from now as the bees will be propolising any gaps and starting to get into winter mode. But have to open them up in
  17. Found this video on Beesource. Pretty nice. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpXTK0E7Gco
  18. Has anyone noticed reduced effectiveness with apivar? I have placed the strips in at the start of this month(march) and still saw a few varroa on emerging bees. I know apivar is a bit slow to work but does it take this long for a full knock down of mites?
  19. One of the most gentle and Italian type queen I got was from @frazzledfozzle last year. The daughter queens I grafted from that queen is also producing very gentle bees. They did produce well in hamilton. You just have to ask around to find out whats available. There are some great breeders and bees out there who dont advertise a lot. So its not heard of much.
  20. What are the natural predators of wasps in Europe, Africa and Asia? Any viable options which can help us in NZ without destroying anything else? I know bee eater birds are not an option as they will catch every other bee (honey bees, native bees etc) before they start catching wasps.
  21. Selecting for a certain trait in a lab is usually only with a hand full of stock to isolate a specific trait or to fix a trait into a few lines of bees. But when its done in a large population which is possible with a queen producer or breeder there is a much better chance of success in the long term as the population is maintained by closed mating or AI.
  22. Its all part of hygienic behaviour. Brood hygiene is one thing but without having an over all hygenic hive its not going to work. If the bees just pull the larvae out of the cells out and leave it on the bottom board its not going to help. So you need bees which are able to do both thats clean out the comb and keep the whole hive clean at the same time. its good to see that breeders like you are actually making an effort to improve the overall health of the bees.
  23. Wish someone could actually start doing it with Italian bees too. There are a few good Italian bee breeders and queen producers out there who could give it a go. So that we can have both Carniolan and Italian line of bees with good hygienic behavior. Might give us a chance to save our bees in the long run if a new brood disease or something gets in. To have colonies which can clean out brood diseases before it becoming infectious is a bonus anyway.
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