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  1. Which way do you place those propolis mats? Flat side up or down? or does it matter? Thanks
  2. Wasps trap that works for me. Cut the top part of a plastic bottle and turn upside down as shown in the attached picture. Pour in half coca cola and half beer. It will only attract wasps and hornets (there are no hornets in NZ). If there is frequent rain this method won't work as the rain fall will fill the bottle up. In that case you may drill holes on the upper part of the plastic bottle. Does anyone use this method or similar?
  3. Is Manuka Honey Really a 'Superfood' For Treating Colds, Allergies And Infections? http://www.sciencealert.com/is-manuka-honey-really-a-superfood-for-treating-colds-allergies-and-infections
  4. Neonicotinoids have contaminated the whole landscape and cause damage to colonies of bees. Neonicotinoids are the world’s most widely used insecticide but in 2013 the European Union banned their use on flowering crops. It would be nice to see something like this happening in NZ. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/09/uk-will-back-total-ban-on-bee-harming-pesticides-michael-gove-reveals
  5. I do not know why most of Kiwi BKs are so opinionated about Carniolan bees. Each type of bees has its pros and cons and each type is good considering the climate they originate from. Carniolans are better off in colder climates. I have some cross striped Queens and I like them a lot. They are very gentle. I only use smoker around them. Each type of bees can be little over protective when opened during bad weather. What I like about dark bees is that they can reduce number of bees at the end of the season and they have less brood in winter which further means less varroa mites. Here are some other pros and cons Carniolans Pros: Carniolans respond quickly to changes in nectar and pollen availability. They can build up a workforce and break it down more quickly than Italians. They fly at colder temperatures. They may be less susceptible to brood pathogens and don’t rob as often, so diseases may spread more slowly in a Carniolan apiary. They are commonly agreed to be as gentle as Italians. Cons: These bees are much more likely to swarm. They may be slow to build up, but keep in mind that if resources are limited this can be an advantage. It can be difficult to see the darker queen with this race of bee. Italian Pros: Italian bees are highly productive foragers and once they get going for the summer they tend to maintain high numbers of worker bees. Their gentle demeanour makes them easy to work, and the light golden colour makes the queens quite easy to see. They don’t tend to propolize heavily, but this tendency can vary by colony and conditions. They also don’t swarm quite as much as many other races. Cons: Italians don’t forage as far as Carniolans. They don’t respond to external conditions as readily as some other races, and may try to keep more brood than they can raise with their existing food stores. Italians tend to orient by colour, so they can drift from hive to hive, leading to low populations in some hives and contributing to the spread of maladies.
  6. Hi Rob, You are absolutely right. In July 2016 in Auckland BKs club there was a presentation held by Prof. Peter Dearden, from the Department of Biochemistry from Otago University saying that in NZ we have very diverse genes of different types of bees which is great for selecting many different features and bee habits. Also there are so many intermixed and crossed types that we don't miss almost any. Cheers
  7. I guess Bayvarol is the fast acting drug. Is 48 h enough for varroa to fall off, though? I know that new swarm has no brood yet. Would it be harmful to leave the treatment in until first cells are capped? Thanks, Trev.
  8. Have you noticed that Italian bees tend to swarm earlier (given the same time from making a swarm cell) than Carnica or Carniolan? Than of course, it comes to the genes of the queen. What I was advised is that once you collect the swarm you apply a varroa treatment straight away and if early in the season you change the queen with desired habits. What are the thoughts of more experienced BKs?
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    Honey bees licking syrup.
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    [USER=3510]@HSV_Darren[/USER] Why are you so worried about carniolan 'the dark' bees? They have many advantages over Italian bees. I find them much more intelligent than italian and quiet economic when the food is scarce.
  12. What are the pros and cons in comparison to Apis mellifera liguistica (Italian one that everyone likes here in NZ)?
  13. New Varroa Treatment VARROMED The 1st ever Bee Medicine with EU-wide approval: Ready-to-use for Spring/Autumn/Winter treatment VARROMED is a ready-to-use product based on a combination of natural components with the active ingredients oxalic acid and formic acid. This combination leads to increased efficacy against Varroa mites and to a better tolerance by the bees. VARROMED
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