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Jose Thayil

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  1. New bee out on a nice day
  2. We had different lines of Italians even before the Carniolan came here. The ones which were a bit darker seemed to work better than the really light coloured ones. And once we had Carniolans they also seemed to work well here. As I said before these are the ones which has worked for me here in the Waikato weather. That doesn’t mean the very light coloured Italians won’t work elsewhere. They may work better than the darker Italians and Carniolans in other areas.
  3. Leather coloured Italians and Carniolans have done well for me in Hamilton. Maybe it’s to do with the climate but I found the most yellow coloured bees not doing very well here. They all do well in summer but during our winter which is very wet damp with some frost the very light coloured bees seem to consume a lot of stores and come down with more diseases and pest issues. I am not saying very light Italians are bad, they are not well suited for Waikato weather in my experience.
  4. Primorsky bees ( Russian bees ) are not a separate or new type of bee. They are the same type of bees what we have which have been taken to the Far East of Russia before they went through selective breeding. Genetic studies show they are hybrids of Italian, Carniolan and Caucasian bees. They were taken to an area where Apis cerana naturally excited and had varroa. The bees were left to survive on their own and some of them found a way to survive by developing traits to fight against varroa. These are the trait which are so valuable to us which can benefit our existing
  5. Russian bees are added to a lot of the commercial bee populations in the US to give them varroa tolerance. Yes as a pure race they may not be of any value for commercial beekeeping but they surely can add value to the already developed commercial stock. Coming from an area with good winters, I don’t think swarming was their only way of managing varroa. Even from the nasty AMM we have selected and added good traits to our commercial bees, so we should not completely discard Russian bees because they have some bad traits. As as far as I know they do not tak
  6. The complete loss of our feral bee populations is one reason I wish when @David Yanke brought the carniolans, he should have brought the Russians too. Yes they are more swarmy and has a lot of other unwanted characteristics but they had proven varroa tolerance. That one trait alone would have benefited our bees a lot. We could have bred out a lot of the bad characteristics with some good selection and we could have had a good feral population which would have helped to keep our genetic diversity high.
  7. Well as I have mentioned in the post these incidents were reported to them but do not know what has happened after that.
  8. As we all know our last legal import of bee genetics were the Carniolan. I have heard about a couple of illegal importation of Caucasian and intermissa genetics lately but don’t know if it’s true or not. There is no way of proving it or disproving it I think. They were reported to assure quality I think. Does anyone know as a fact or experienced any different bees which may have come from illegal importation recently and if so can anyone share what type and where abouts without causing much issues. Dont want to cause any problems to anyone.
  9. Jose Thayil

    NZ Carniolan

    Bred in Waikato area.
  10. Jose Thayil

    NZ Italian.

    Coming from a queen line from Waikato area.
  11. I have seen smaller dark marks on queens when they get hurt fighting another queen but never this big.
  12. There were wasps attacking the hive through out the day. They must have took all the stores. I don’t think they can defend themselves from wasps with the hive being that open. Once the rain stops I may look at putting them into a nuc and treat and feed them.
  13. Not that I know of and no other hives have been showing any problems. No robbing happening
  14. One of my hives have bees dying and falling in front of hive. Around a 1000 bees every day. But no other hives at the same site has any problems. Don’t know what’s causing it. No signs of varroa or diseases. Hive looks healthy but loosing bees in a heap every day. Has a lot of stores also. Everything else looks normal except I am finding a lot of dead bees in front of the hive every morning. Any idea why this is happening?
  15. These are the offsprings of a Carniolan queen open mated in Hamilton area last spring. Looks like she mated with mostly darker drones. The hive has excellent brood pattern and is strong. Has enough stores and is ready to go into winter.
  16. I have seen other bees help groom the varroa off before. I did not have a camera with me then though. It would have been a good video to get. Hopefully I can catch it happening again and get it on video.
  17. I had a bee from another hive doing the same thing and another bee groomed the one with varroa on and helped get rid of it. Could not get a video that time. Was too late getting the phone. This time I was hoping it happens again but no helpers this time.
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