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    Beekeeping day courses

    As an example of when it goes horribly wrong.... A bee taster session was being run at an apiary in Australia. One of the attendees took off his suit hood before he was told to, was stung in the face, had an anaphylactic response and died. I know, extreme and an unlikely situation, but it...
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    At what point will the NBU give up on AHs?

    It was a BBKA briefing on 17 February 2024, I thought it was on Youtube, but can't see it. Other points:
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    At what point will the NBU give up on AHs?

    warsaw_hive said: Just to add, why haven't we had the DNA results from last year's nests yet? From the February briefing
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    At what point will the NBU give up on AHs?

    BBKA says we're at 3 confirmed insects and 1 credible sighting, there had been none at this point last year. It was a good year for AHs in France last year, so the number of new arrivals this year is likely to be greater than last year. The Facebook scaremongering, profiteering and...
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    At what point will the NBU give up on AHs?

    Given that there have been several confirmed sightings of Asian hornets already this year, I wonder at what point the NBU would hold their hands up and say that they can't deal with it any more? How many nests are we talking? I sincerely hope that it doesn't ever reach that point, I'm just...
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    Asian hornet APP

    Because it simply isn't possible to design a trap that is specific to Asian Hornets, other insects will always find a way in, some will find a way out, but not all. The sizes stated for the insects are averages, there will always be bigger or smaller - in Jersey they found one AH nest where all...
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    Asian hornet APP

    Chris Issacs in Jersey has a hornet observation hive in his conservatory. Chris is quiet about his discoveries, but John De Carteret shares the information.
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    Asian hornet APP

    The advise on bycatch escape holes changes from time to time. To keep in workers it needs to be 5.5mm; to keep in queens Jersey are going with 7mm this year, though some people seem to think the hole should be 6.5mm. Guess we'll have a better idea in a few months.
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    Asian hornet APP

    Like I said, it was the only research I've found. It explored one use of fipronil, that's all. The system brings some relief from predation for a short period. It's not a complete solution, it's probably a stepping stone to finding a better solution.
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    Asian hornet APP

    We should be using monitors, that way no bycatch is harmed. If AHs are found to be in the area, set traps, and inspect regularly. If you have a trap with bycatch only, release it. If you have a trap with AHs and bycatch, put it in the freezer for 10 minutes, check the insects are not moving...
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    Asian hornet APP

    Two completely different systems. There isn't much research on fipronil and Asian Hornets, the pellet system was the only one I found. There is no research on FC.
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    Asian hornet APP

    Workers start emerging in May. Queens continue to forage, but for how long seems variable. The latest they caught a queen foraging in Jersey was mid July.
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    Asian hornet APP

    You don't have to catch AHs to apply FC, it can be dotted on their thorax while they are feeding. They are not aggressive when feeding. I would like to know how long it is before the Fipronil is deactivated. What is the threat to anything that enters the nest (after seeing a woodpecker...
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    Asian hornet APP

    Putting a monitor somewhere you can look at it frequently is the best thing. Monitors don't trap, you just have to observe. If there are AHs in the area they should find it within half an hour. If you miss the first photo opportunity don't worry it will be back soon. Trappit is great. At the...
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    Asian hornet APP

    My sample pool: I attended meetings at several bee associations, spoke with AHAT team members at several associations and attended various meetings and presentations. Was it a representative sample, probably not, but given how long the BBKA have been flogging the AH story there shouldn't be...
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    Asian hornet APP

    Maybe I'm daft, but I think it's reasonable to expect all beekeepers to be able to identify an AH, know how to monitor, trap and report, and to understand the importance of bycatch release. Sadly far too many beekeepers don't have this basic knowledge. FC may have a place in action against AHs...
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    Asian hornet APP

    There is still a great deal that is not known about AHs, advise changes as knowledge grows and I have as much right to an opinion as the next person. Sadly most beekeepers are taking the view that AHs are "not in my apiary, it's nothing to do with me". There is a lack of understanding of the...
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    Asian hornet APP

    I have to disagree. If beeks know there are AHs in the area the first reaction will be putting out traps and frequent checking of the apiary and traps. Then paying attention to direction of flight, maybe setting up more traps to start triangulation. Perhaps some of them will be mixing up a...
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    Asian hornet APP

    Usually under 1km
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    Asian hornet APP

    I have spoken with him several times. He is very generous with his time, shares material he has produced without hesitation, has managed to get some financial backing for his ideas and put in an enormous amount of effort into AH detection last year. I'm giving him 10/10 for effort. When this...
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