- Mar 22, 2009
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- Leicester, uk
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Yes I'm impressed so far.Onge
How are the plastic frames working out ?
I take it that they are in use by now.
I also read that hopping sunwise round a hive three times and putting toads on your nose cures the bees of varroaI have recently read that commercialy supplied foundation results in worker cell size that is fractionally larger than the bees produce with natural comb. the smaller cell size acts as a deterrent to varroa mites who cannot physically enter the cell of a full grown larvae before it is capped. SO, instead of using plastic foundation with cells already imprinted, I suggest a plain plastic sheet in the frame, coated with the freshest wax you can get and the bees can produce cells of the size that they need. In the 1980's I only ever put a triangular piece of foundation in brood frames, the bees produced wonderful comb with smaller cells, the size they needed. We need to encourage them them, not impose our ideas on them. Eddie
There have been some studies done on bees left to form their own natural comb and over a period of time they regress to generally smaller comb sizes although there is a variation in cell size throughout the hive.Hello Chaps,
I am a very simple beekeeper with two poly hives, I have been very interested in the Bee size discussion, I studied ants for my university degree, (some years ago now ) and although i realise ants are not housed in cells during development, they are all of varying sizes throughout the colony, in some cases this has resulted in extreme size difference and duties within a colony (natural selection and the societies ability to adapt to change ) like my bees, ants are controlled by a single queen who allocates the duties to different colony members, so at some point she must have realised that ants with big jaws are better for defence, ants with smaller bodies are quicker to get to food sources e.c.t
So it is possible that the bees are simply progressing by natural selection and deformities in order to adapt, hence the smaller bees may be better at some tasks and worse at others
this of course is just speculation, but who knows it may be worth keeping an eye on the warre keepers of this world, to see how things pan out