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HamishPD last won the day on December 7 2014

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  1. Hi, Does anybody recognise this small tree/bush? Spotted it in the bush this morning. Thanks
  2. I think your right. Luckily not to much of it, so shouldn't be a problem. Cheers
  3. Couldn't add any text on my Ipad for some reason, so here is the missing text Hi, I've seen bees on a small tree near us and was hoping someone might be able to tell me what it is? I've inserted a photo of a small cutting from the tree which is about 6m tall. It's covered in small white flower which hang a little, so I don't yhinks it's a Kamahi. Thanks
  4. Not sure if this is useful but an Aug 2011 Manawatu Beekeepers Club Newsletter had this description for checking for possible signs of Nosema: "Or they might be bees with nosema. Remove the head and pull out the sting so the gut comes out still attached to the sting. At this time of the year the gut of a bee should be orange in colour from the pollen but if it's clear and swollen, it could be nosema. Another sign of nosema is a pile of dead bees in front of the entrance. Take a sample of 30 live bees near the entrance and send them off to a lab to confirm it. (The cost is worth the knowledge.)" The full newsletter can be found at: http://www.manawatubeeclub.org.nz/newsletters/MBC_News_Aug_11.pdf I don't know how accurate this method is, but maybe a more experienced beek might be able help.
  5. Thanks. Like most the plants in our area I'm not surprised it's on the DoC hit list, but on the plus side at least some of them are good for the bees .
  6. We have this bush growing in the area and I was hoping someone might be able to identify it. It grows to about 2.0m high max but generally smaller. The off cut in the picture is about 30cm long. It's pretty common, but I'm curious to find out what it's called.
  7. Agreed, at least then you now where you stand.
  8. It looks like she stopped laying had and they didn't have any nectar available to fill the old brood frames. There are still plenty of bees down below, but all the stores are at the top and the queen was there too. We are reasonably high up in a bush setting, but once the clover finished there was a bit of honey dew and that was about it. We've also had a few monitor frosts, so she might have just decided to close up for the winter.
  9. Not a supercede or swarm as the queen is marked and she was found during the last inspection. The hive also still has roughly all the bees it had when treatment went in, about 3/4 full of 2 fd brood box hive
  10. I bought the nuc so have no idea how spring treatment went. Was told he used apivar in spring and bayvarol in autumn. The other nuc I had from the same person has a low natural drop of about 1.5 mites per day based on a 3 day average
  11. What I meant was that if you do a sugar shake test when there is brood and you get say 20 mites per 300 bees from the shake then your hive has 20 mites per 300 bees plus whatever is in the brood. If the hive is broodless then you only have 20 mites per 300 and nothing else, so overall the mite load in total is less so even though the score of 20 mites per 300 is high it's not as bad compared to a test taken with brood.
  12. Bayvarol, but looking back on it might have under dosed them. The hive was a 3 frame nuc at the start of November and when I put in the strips in February it had drawn out about 17 FD frames over two boxes. The majority of the brood was in the bottom box with a small patch in the top box. Given the majority of brood was in the bottom box I used 3 strips in the bottom box and 1 in the top. When I inspected the hives 8 weeks later the hive had moved up into the top box with all the stores and become broodless. The queen is marked and we found here in the top. I don't know when they made the move up but they might not have been exposed long enough to the strips. The hive has generally been slower than the other two, but there was no signs of DWV or mites on the frames when I took the strips out. Given the hive has recently gone broodless all the mites that would normally be in with the brood would now be out on the bees, giving a high mite count. Will keep an eye on the hive and do another sugar shake next weekend if the weather is good.
  13. Not sure but we got ours from this guy: Oxalic Acid 250g (99.6 purity) | Trade Me Works out to $13.00 inc shipping for 500g
  14. Hi, I had my first go with an OA vapouriser on Tuesday. After a previous treatment the sugar shake test still came out with approximately 20 mites per 300. The hive was queen right but broodless (predominantly carni bees), so I thought it would be an ideal time to treat with OA vapour. The hive has two FD brood boxes about 3/4 full. 48hrs after the treatment I had a might fall of approximately 700 and after 72hrs 850. So far very happy with the results. I still have 2 other hives which were late 50/50 splits of a large hive but given the activity I think they still have brood, and will inspect them once things are quieter. They have a low natural mite drop anyway.
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