I've done that ... for some years when I first started keeping bees ... 42 degrees is high ... I found that my bees were mostly around 32 - 34 degrees with a relative humidity % in the high 80's. This was in highly insulated hives ... my measurements were fairly primitive and sat alongside counting varroa drop on the inspection board. I stopped doing it after Derek Mitchell demonstrated that what I believed was factual - that highly insulated boxes are better for bees in terms of over winter survival, spring build up, lack of disease, low varroa loads and less stores consumption. I still do sugar rolls to measure varroa levels but I'm happy to accept Derek's findings, obtained using far more sophisticated kit than I had .... I put my efforts, these days, into trying to become a proper beekeeper. ....Interesting, 42C in winter sounds very high. They must have thought you were a bear
When I vaped last winter the bees never moved and I did wonder if they were still alive.
Yes ... he's well wrapped up in the science of what he's been doing but I've seen him talk on a number of occasions and had some interesting chats with him ... he was very much on the ball with the effects of keeping bees in insulated hives and even ten years ago the sophistication of the monitors he had placed inside hives was impressive. I was (and remain) convinced that high temp/high humidity environments are what bees seek to achieve and this, I believe, is a contributory factor in keeping varroa levels low. (Not, I would add, a panacea - but a component of a low varroa regime).
No he wasn’t hounded out he left after spitting the dummy when I pointed out a few glaring misconceptions he had about bees in 1 thread, nothing more. I didn’t question any of his findings but got the impression he was rather short on practical experience. But then that’s just my opinion. Ian
It was his wife that was the beekeeper ... Derek never professed to be an expert at keeping bees - it was, initially, the concept of keeping bees in an insulated environment and the desire to create a hive that met the insulation properties that could be made from readily available materials without the need for a great deal of skill ... that's how he started out making hives out of PIR and then he found the measuring of how well they performed interesting. I don't think it was ever about the bees ... more about the science of the conditions in which they live. His only flaw, at times, was thinking that everyone was on the same academic plane as he was - he used to lose me with some of the physics ! I think he got fed up of having the science challenged .... not specifically your posts.No he wasn’t hounded out he left after spitting the dummy when I pointed out a few glaring misconceptions he had about bees in 1 thread, nothing more. I didn’t question any of his findings but got the impression he was rather short on practical experience. But then that’s just my opinion. Ian
There have been studies that indicate that high humidity does restrict the ability of varroa to reproduce in temperate climates - not everything transfers when an organism moves from one location to another ...On the subject of varroa and humidity have any considered that in the area varroa is naturally found external humidity is often around 80%. In a small cavity on its natural host Cerana I’d imagine it’s well in excess. This is varroa’s natural environment and it thrives in it.
Depends on your view of 'hounded out' ... We've lost at least two valuable and knowledgeable contributors to the forum, (possibly more - some people just slip away quietly) ... both of them felt that they were being singled out and challenged unnceccesarily by a small group of members with vested interests or opposing ideas.Nobody has been hounded out.
It’s about being selective, I choose not to join in discussions that become about discussing rather than the topic which quickly gets lost amongst the point scoring .I’ve only resorted to blocking one member which speaks volumes. On the whole the forum is a happy place to be .Yes Phillip I do miss a few good people here.
Perhaps - Regardless of how you perceive their perception of themselves - it's important to accept that the other person has a point of view ... by all means argue the science but avoid criticising the other person's positioning.Hmmm
I think that another issue was that he wasn't on the same academic plane that he thought he was.