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olbe last won the day on November 3 2018

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  1. MGO 40 manuka, well if it passes the MPI markers , Why not, it must be legal .
  2. yep, kinda looked like that
  3. more likely "reckless"
  4. sounds just like what happens to my Te pari brander, I've learned to check for spiderwebs before lighting now, mostly seems to be the jumping spiders.
  5. The hives @Matt mentioned most likely did not die from starvation , but from a combination of several factors not the least bring Nosema Ceranae , this area of the Waikato had a grouping of the highest Nosema Ceranae counts during the pathogen programme testing , when combined with other stressors this nosema is deadly.
  6. check out the " Hive for queen bee " on trademe , the person with the listing does not really seem to know anything about bees, I don't know how to report these things.
  7. I think you people mean middlearth
  8. I guess the will either accept one member one vote or go elswhere
  9. My preference is wooden frame, plastic insert , if you have wax melter coat the plastic sheets yourself with your own wax its a nice job for a ####ty day. years ago I used pierco plastic frames and the bees treated them the same as wood frames, but these locally produced frames seem to get exceptionally waxed to the boxes I suspect the plastic is outgassing some chemical that is encouraging the bees to produce this extra wax on the frames.
  10. Oh dear Matt, if both hives are bloodless it must bee damn vampire mites causing the damage
  11. first frost for souwest waikato today as well ,but a lot lighter than yours
  12. Right on the button Nikki Watts, just like drones wasps seem to congregate in places for the act, but it seems these areas are not the same each year. couple of years ago I got called out by one of my farmers who said there must be a large wasp nest by the effluent pond , starting at the effluent pond and running down the fence line for approx 150 metres was a barbery hedge and from the top of the hedge to about 80cm above there were thousands of wasps flying up and down the full length of the hedge, and quite a few wasps were clustered in small groups nearby on thistles just doin there thing The wasps had never been noticed there before and haven't been noticed since.
  13. pathogen programme spring 18 , North Island nine apiaries with cbpv, south Island three apiaries with cbpv My count was about 500,000 copies per bee .
  14. olbe


    usually I find that for the next two seasons after a 1080 drop I get better crops and have less problems with wasps, Could just be coincidence, but !
  15. The only dead brood I have seen is when I place strips over capped brood , it appears as though sometimes the brood is unable to hatch because of the thickness of the strips I use solid fibre strips.
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