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  Topic: Cordovan color shades?
Adriaan

Replies: 1
Views: 282

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:23 am   Subject: Cordovan color shades?
Hi Boarbuster,

and welcome to the forum.
I am an experienced beekeeper and also still on my learning curve Very Happy .

I have no experience with the cordovan strain of ligustica bees, my understandin ...
  Topic: smoker fuel
Adriaan

Replies: 9
Views: 722

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:03 pm   Subject: smoker fuel
Hi All,

When working with my bees I prefere to use smoke (moderately) to calm down the bees, it is volatile so bees don't have to work hard to get rid of it after the job is done (instead of water ...
  Topic: Underfloor wasp trap
Adriaan

Replies: 11
Views: 899

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:49 am   Subject: Underfloor wasp trap
Hi Johno,

I can understand badgers being attracted to wasp ground nests: the grubs provide a great source of fat and protein (If you can stand the horror of being stung hundreds of times).

A lo ...
  Topic: Underfloor wasp trap
Adriaan

Replies: 11
Views: 899

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:35 am   Subject: Underfloor wasp trap
Hi Johno,

Nice design definitely worth a try when the need occurs.

However: adult wasps prey on insects exclusively to feed their grubs and use their mandibles in this process. They don't eat in ...
  Topic: Laying Workers Help!
Adriaan

Replies: 5
Views: 1350

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:43 pm   Subject: Laying Workers Help!
@andy pearce

Drones from laying workers are haploid just like drones from eggs layed by the queen.
Diploid drones only form when a fertilized egg is homozygous on the complementary sex determiner ...
  Topic: Laying Workers Help!
Adriaan

Replies: 5
Views: 1350

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:49 pm   Subject: Laying Workers Help!
Hi Beegraham,

Although I was unable to view the picture, I think it is of no use to try and save this collony. Laying workers and their brood produce queen feromones, so the collony does not consid ...
  Topic: Pre-swarm split - how many swarm cells to leave?
Adriaan

Replies: 7
Views: 1218

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 3:23 pm   Subject: Pre-swarm split - how many swarm cells to leave?
I agree with Jetam: just leave 1 big beautiful queencell.

In Holland where I was first thought beekeeping they had the so called 'Aalster beekeepingmethode'. It was based on making splits in sprin ...
  Topic: Removal from pipe fitting - Mulberry, FL 5-19-17
Adriaan

Replies: 4
Views: 790

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Mon May 22, 2017 6:00 am   Subject: Removal from pipe fitting - Mulberry, FL 5-19-17
well done and thanks for sharing

friendly greetings

Adriaan
  Topic: Rhubarb
Adriaan

Replies: 1
Views: 1470

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 3:05 pm   Subject: Rhubarb
Hi All,

On my vegetable farm we have a small field of rhubarb (15x40m) that is old and due to be cleared after this years harvest. Normally we remove all the flowerbuds as flowering rhubarb produce ...
  Topic: final proof: human prescence in America 130.000 years ago.
Adriaan

Replies: 2
Views: 1579

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 5:57 am   Subject: final proof: human prescence in America 130.000 years ago.
Not bee related but very exciting proof of human prescence in America 130.000 years ago. Untill now most scolars would not accept a date earlier then 15.000 years before present.

https://www.scienc ...
  Topic: Yet another beevac design.
Adriaan

Replies: 10
Views: 1717

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:35 am   Subject: Yet another beevac design.
Hi Andy,

So far no damage to the bees, Its is important that you reduce the suction using the valve on the vaccuum cleaner hose.

friendly greetings

Adriaan
  Topic: Yet another beevac design.
Adriaan

Replies: 10
Views: 1717

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:21 pm   Subject: Yet another beevac design.
Hi Andy,

Last year I wanted to make a beevac and looked at many different designs. Then I realised that I have a wood stove cleaner and can use that as a beevac.

It is a simple 25 liter metal bu ...
  Topic: IMPORTANT: 10th BIRTHDAY POLL
Adriaan

Replies: 13
Views: 2713

PostForum: Announcements: Read This First   Posted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:59 pm   Subject: IMPORTANT: 10th BIRTHDAY POLL
Hi Biobee,

I say let the forum stay: allthough I don't reply very often, I do look for new posts on a 'nearly' daily basis. I enjoy reading them and learning from them.

A mild update might be a ...
  Topic: Off Season Hive Building
Adriaan

Replies: 3
Views: 1570

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:03 pm   Subject: Off Season Hive Building
Hi Sam,

what do you mean by 'off season'? This is hive building season Very Happy

friendly greetings

Adriaan
  Topic: Encouraging a propolis envelope...
Adriaan

Replies: 5
Views: 1704

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 7:53 pm   Subject: Encouraging a propolis envelope...
Hi Sam,

Is the lecture on youtube? I would love to see it too.

I like the idea of propolis covering the inside, in fact the word propolis literally means 'for the city' or more freely translated ...
  Topic: For my grand mother
Adriaan

Replies: 8
Views: 2366

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:20 am   Subject: For my grand mother
Hi 4nd73jj,

Welcome to the forum, it is a bit slow sometimes but I hope you get the help you need. I guess one is never to old to start something new.

My best advice is to read a lot and to seek ...
  Topic: Strange strange!
Adriaan

Replies: 4
Views: 2468

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 8:52 pm   Subject: posting pictures
Hi Beeb,

I am sorry but I didn't manage to uppload pictures today. Maybe the moderator can help us out?

Friendly greetings

Adriaan
  Topic: new studie on pesticides
Adriaan

Replies: 1
Views: 1951

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 7:56 am   Subject: new studie on pesticides
Hi All,

New studie finds that the number of different pesticides found in a hive predicts collony death or queen failure, eventhough none of the chemicals by themselves reach critical levels.

ww ...
  Topic: Strange strange!
Adriaan

Replies: 4
Views: 2468

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 7:04 am   Subject: Strange strange!
Hi Beeb,

There is no telling what that is without the picture and even then...
One of the things that comes to mind is a predator and its prey or that it is indeed a mating couple that somehow got ...
  Topic: Musings on a Survivor Hive
Adriaan

Replies: 1
Views: 1380

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:16 am   Subject: survivor bees
nice, thanks,

friendly greetings

Adriaan
  Topic: Two colonies in a roof - Carmarthenshire
Adriaan

Replies: 6
Views: 2462

PostForum: Swarms and sites - offered and wanted   Posted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 3:04 pm   Subject: JPtheBeeman
If you want some inspiration on how to do a cut out, I recommend you visit the youtube channel of JP the Beeman. He is skilled, experienced and has a fantastic attitude towards honeybees.

Friendly ...
  Topic: Small hive beetle & honey storage
Adriaan

Replies: 6
Views: 3024

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Sep 10, 2016 6:15 am   Subject: small hive beetle
As a beekeeper from Belgium, I have (thankfully) no first hand experience with small hive beetle. Lets hope it stays that way.

I found this video to be informative, reassuring and also funny.

ww ...
  Topic: Queenless Hive!!
Adriaan

Replies: 3
Views: 1867

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 7:01 am   Subject: sit back and relax
Hey barkingmad,

IT may well be that you are right, but that also means that your main hive has had more than enough time to raise a new queen trough emergency response.
That queen can get mated ea ...
  Topic: Set up trap-out in Lake Wales, FL
Adriaan

Replies: 5
Views: 2547

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 6:35 am   Subject: Set up trap-out in Lake Wales, FL
Hey Patrick,

Nice job, how long had these bees been in the wall?

friendly greetings

Adriaan
  Topic: Top Bar Hive ventilation
Adriaan

Replies: 3
Views: 2131

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jul 17, 2016 6:06 am   Subject: Top Bar Hive ventilation
You mean ' a two cm hole'? seems OK to me.

friendly greetings

Adriaan
  Topic: pandora's box?
Adriaan

Replies: 0
Views: 2162

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2016 9:38 am   Subject: pandora's box?
Hi all,

through my local 'black bee club' forum, I learned that a dutch team of biology students from 'wageningen' agricultural university is entering the iGEM contest.

They want to genetically ...
  Topic: european hornet nest in top bar hive
Adriaan

Replies: 1
Views: 3230

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2016 9:08 am   Subject: european hornet nest in top bar hive
Hi All,

This winter I made my first kTBH and put it in my orchyard. I have been baiting it with lemmon grass oil in hopes of attracting a swarm.

No luck so far.

today I noticed a european ho ...
  Topic: growing wax moth larvae
Adriaan

Replies: 1
Views: 2203

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:39 am   Subject: growing wax moth larvae
Hi All,

This week someone asked me for old combs to grow waxworms for his tropical birds and reptiles.
Apparently they are very nutricious and widely in use as pet food.

All my old combs are st ...
  Topic: TBH observation window orientation
Adriaan

Replies: 2
Views: 2399

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:43 am   Subject: TBH observation window orientation
Agreed,

We have strong westerly winds where I live, made even stronger by the fact that I live on a hill top (the street is called; 'windmill street' for a reason).

As I have made entrance holes ...
  Topic: TBH observation window orientation
Adriaan

Replies: 2
Views: 2399

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 6:15 pm   Subject: TBH observation window orientation
Hi all,

I have been keeping bees for a long time but I am totally new to TBH-beekeeping.
This winter I built a 4 foot TBH which I will put in a half-shaded spot next to a large pear tree in my orc ...
 
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