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A few pics from a recent inspection

 
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Patrick Thomas
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:37 am    Post subject: A few pics from a recent inspection Reply with quote

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No particular reason for these pics, other than I love looking at eggs/larvae with a backdrop of fresh white comb:

The queen is in one of these.











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biobee
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good! Looks like your queen mated with Italians and Carniolans, or maybe Buckfasts...
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Patrick Thomas
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

biobee wrote:
Looking good! Looks like your queen mated with Italians and Carniolans, or maybe Buckfasts...


Phil, I pride my bees that I rescue and give homes as being feral mutts.

I love looking in my hives and seeing all different colors.

As most of you know, the genetics tend to be much stronger.
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ingo50
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice fotos Patrick, bees look healthy. I think the queen is on the last foto at 3 o'clock.
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Patrick Thomas
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ingo50 wrote:
Nice fotos Patrick, bees look healthy. I think the queen is on the last foto at 3 o'clock.


Yes, thanks, they are healthy, indeed.

I have to watch for hive beetles, however. Pray you never encounter them.

Yes, the beautiful queen is at 3 o'clock in last photo.

I wish I could have them pollinate the heather you all have in Europe.

I have to rely on weird stuff like Brazilian Pepper and Goldenrod.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2016 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Patrick.
We don't have SHB here but it may be the situation in the future. Why is Varroa not a problem for you as there is no proper brood break? Have you bred your bees that are more resistant?
Ingo.
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Patrick Thomas
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2016 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ingo50 wrote:
Hi Patrick.

Why is Varroa not a problem for you as there is no proper brood break? Have you bred your bees that are more resistant?
Ingo.


I do numerous cut-outs each year and that ensures my stock is feral and resistant.

Also, the building of natural comb, no treatments and no feeding play a huge part, imho.

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Craig Howard
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2016 4:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great shots and very educational.

Isnt nature in action amazing!
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