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Apihappy last won the day on August 5

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  1. It seems that the laws of physics can be broken by beekeepers. 😜 10 is good, 9 is better, 8 is a bit rough.
  2. Things are still cray in the Waitakeres, manuka has been flowering for six weeks already. I've noticed honey bees, native bees and small blowflies feeding on the flowers but only those that are warmed in direct sunlight.
  3. As a greenhouse gas, methane is 34 times as bad as CO2. The tricky part of that statement is the definition of 'as bad', to do that would require science and that discipline has no business in this thread.
  4. I know; photo or it didn't happen. But I live in the Waitaks with no cell signal which just confuses people, so no phone. Yes it may well have been some other signifier, UHF, NGO, UFO, or what ever. I was too absorbed with the idea of the imminent collapse of the manuka industry to double check. Still cheap honey for the supermarket.
  5. Shopping today, jars from the wholesaler and labels from the stationers. Then pak'n'slave for groceries. UMF 40 manuka $9.50 for 500gms. I seriously considered buying the lot (not that much left) but thought that maybe they knew something that I didn't. Are manuka sales this much of a bust elsewhere?
  6. The 'icy blast' for the Waitakeres was a temperate 14C. a bit damp today but the dam we walked to was 2/3 empty. Dry July. I'm really surprised that drought stress hasn't been included in the mix for Kauri dieback.
  7. Dodging squalls today to walk the dog. Two clematis in full flower, that puts spring about four weeks early.
  8. Hi Rob. What do you look for to assess if a hive is newly formed? That could save some time. Photo or it didn't happen.
  9. The hive / hives are 10m up in the superstructure of a concrete road bridge. You can see three, half metre sections of comb dropping down from the join. So no monitoring is possible. Yes it is probable that it is just swarms inhabiting a pre loved space but I'm interested in testing them to see if they are super hygienic bees. The only way I can think to do this is with a swarm trap but like you say there are lots of bees in these hills, so I might pick up the wrong swarm! Any thoughts?
  10. The Arista article suggests that honey bees with high varroa hygiene do show a decrease in honey yields but would still be good pollinators. A wild hive that has survived for several years must be getting enough stores to at least make the hive viable. Same with the Kauri in the Waitaks' rather than spending hundreds of millions growing a resistant tree just let nature take its course and hopefully there will be a cohort of resistant trees to regenerate the forest.
  11. This guy thinks there are. https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/105582644/no-regional-development-cash-to-breed-the-perfect-varroaresistant-honey-bee and this. https://aristabeeresearch.org/varroa-resistance/
  12. Oh. How can you be sure?
  13. I took the dog for a town walk today as the Waitakeres are still closed. We went on a track that I haven't been on for several years and was surprised to see a bee hive in the structure of a bridge. It was either three discreet hives or one super hive . The big surprise was that I saw these hives more than four years ago. Of course the hives may have died off and been replaced by new swarms but I will be putting some bait hives down there in case it's the grail of varroa resistant bees. Anybody else seen long surviving wild hives?
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