posted on Jan, 23 2013 @ 08:54 PM
Originally posted by Philippines
Originally posted by Plotus
I am an amature Apiest, ie. Beekeeper. I have had two hives now for around five years. It has been a struggle here in North Carolina with the local
crops of corn, cotton and soy by and large, with a sprinkling of various other crops. But these are primarily what is grown here. There are small and
large scale spraying operations of pesticides going on seasonally. We have tried to educate the farming community of the dangers to bees, and
accordingly, form timetables to coincide with spraying events. Thus we are able to close our hives and protect our colonies. As always there are those
who under advisement, still selfishly spray with no regard. There are a couple types of sprays, one for soft bodied such as caterpillar and one for
'exoskeleton' insects for which the Bees and Wasps fall into. Each pesticide works on a specific type insect, many with collateral overlapping
There was recently, as recent as three years ago, a pesticide with an active ingredient from tobacco which was found to be highly toxic to exoskeletal
insects which was wreaking havoc on bee populations, it has since been outlawed. Never the less, there are those who still have stockpiles of this
toxin and readily use it knowingly without regard to Apiests.
It is this way all over the world though, disregard to the environmental impact they are having, only the crop $$$ amount bottom line important to
them. They are effectively killing the Golden Goose.
Another less known fact many people are unaware of, many cannabis guerilla growers have found it popular to use banned rat poisons and insecticides
from Mexico without abandon. This has proved highly destructive over long term, both to wildlife and water tables. So much so, that some of the
possible penalties are up to one million dollar fines, and from ten years imprisonment to life sentences. It's Bad Stuff. These are just some of the
difficulties Beekeepers face.
All I can say is, Keep it up...... and you will effectively be putting an end to agriculture as we know it, and everyone can guess the outcome of
that. Crop pollination will cease to exist, and over half of our current crop species will fail. No one will be immune.
Interesting stuff, glad to have you here! Do you know anything on how to make foundation wax the "old" way? I am trying to figure this out by
spending as little money as possible.
Have you had any colonies swarm, and if so did you find them?
And a couple more.. I hope you don't mind =D
Do you see many native bees around with your bees?
What bees do you think are most effected, the domesticated honeybee?
When a colony population fairly fills the hive, you either add what is called a Super' ie. another story, as in a several story hive, or transfer the
queen to another hive in close proximity, one that is bare. The pheromones of that queen will entice a large quantity of the original hives bees to
migrate to the new hive, leaving a smaller population in the original and within two weeks they will create a queen, but that slows the original hive
down for about three weeks until it is back at full production. There are several ways of doing this beyond just this method.
In a swarm condition, you will have the bees mass the outside of the hive right before setting flight. If you catch this time, their swarm will
typically fly to a tree or building or solid structure and remain for about a half to full hour. At this time you can capture the bees and transfer
them into a hive, dump them in and close the entrance until a couple days have passed. By then they will have acclimated and you will find comb
construction well under way, with as much as maybe 10" x 3-4"s of comb having been constructed. Our Native bees are quite different here, they are
iridescent blue, and about 1/3 the size of honey bees. They also live in quite different arrangements. Rather in holes in wooden structures much as a
carpenter bee, which is often mistaken for a bumble bee because of the larger size.
The Best bees are the Russian variety, followed by the Italian variety as bees were originally introduced from Europe, but later here interbred into
different variations. Thus these are typically the most affected bee populations, simply because they are of the greatest populations due to their
You will probably find foundation sheets the easiest for constructing frames. They are plastic with imprinted octagon depressions the bees follow in
their comb construction, and sanitation is also much better with these plastic sheets.