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  1. Crg

    Help! Bees left hive and moved into tree.

    The photos look like A. Cerana (Asian honeybee) which maintains smaller colonies...
  2. Crg

    Oxallic Vaporization

    Yup :) Sorry, looking back it seems I misread what you'd written Yup, I have that model, I know Th**** sell it, probably others do as well. Made a few myself before buying that one. They worked, but weren't nearly as well made. The temp and timing isn't a problem, you just plug a power...
  3. Crg

    Oxallic Vaporization

    Don't guess. Read papers. Once you've done that I'll be interested ;)
  4. Crg

    Oxallic Vaporization

    Haven't found that so far.
  5. Crg

    What are you going to do with winter losses?

    I agree, (well except for being picky about the sugar brand :) ).
  6. Crg

    Oxallic Vaporization

    How and when It's the only treatment I use on my bees.
  7. Crg

    Oxallic Vaporization

    As mentioned in other threads, vapourisation causes less damage to the bees that adding it to sugar syrup.
  8. Crg

    What are you going to do with winter losses?

    Importation of queens increases the risk of importing new diseases, which could impact colony losses, but to raise it as an issue for Autumn brood rearing? With such a large variety of bees that can be imported, it seems like a huge generalisation. Certainly the queens I've imported in previous...
  9. Crg

    Hefting hives

    I only feed them after I have weighed them. :) 25kg - 30kg total?
  10. Crg

    Hefting hives

    No proof. I'm sure someone tried to bring up ley lines in one of the lectures at the NHS, trying to see lines in incomplete data.
  11. Crg

    Buckfast Bees

    Wish I'd known there was a competition, I didn't reply to everything that was incorrect :(
  12. Crg

    Buckfast Bees

    The point is a bit more straight forward than that. It's the the introduced Grey is more able to take advantage of the current environment it finds itself in, rather than the native Red.
  13. Crg

    Buckfast Bees

    and the follow post from me pointed out there are many reasons for a species demise. I find it surprising that it needs pointing out. That's not really true. There is millions of years you can look back at for examples. Yes, he does seem to have had a good jolly around the world looking...
  14. Crg

    Buckfast Bees

    Some dinosaurs did evolve and survive. I was making an example of one rather large and obvious species that was around for a long time, and for some reason died out. There's is an almost endless list of species, both historical and recent that aren't around any more. The various reasons for...
  15. Crg

    Buckfast Bees

    The length of time something has existed as a species doesn't give any guarantees that it will continue to survive. "Triceratops had been around much longer than beekeepers have and certainly, some diseases may test the species but certainly in the end the Triceratops will evolve and survive."...
  16. Crg

    Buckfast Bees

    If PH is in the wrong it seems he just blocks rather than comes back with a good response. It'd be great if he could come back with a well thought out argument, but I can't see that happening. When discussing simple ideas such as creating a breed, I've linked to articles or definitions which...
  17. Crg

    Buckfast Bees

    That's a nice thought, but (like many other myths spread around by some UK Beekeepers) it should be obvious by just looking around at the list of invasive species that it's not true. Nature works with random genetic mutations and selection. Only if a mutation shows up in a population is...
  18. Crg

    Buckfast Bees

    If you want more information on bee specific breeding, there's a new book out which I think is quite good and up to date. "Queen breeding and Genetics" by Eigil Holm Northern Bee Books had it on sale at the National Honey Show for £18 I think.
  19. Crg

    Buckfast Bees

    The standards are set by various breeding groups. Given the difference between breeds of other animals, it should come as no surprise that the US Buckfast are supposedly a bit different to the European ones :) I've had queens from various breeding groups within Europe and there are minor...
  20. Crg

    Buckfast Bees

    It's not complicated is it? It's been pointed out many times over the years, and yet we still have the same silly discussion.
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