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Honeybees March 8 central B.C.
03-09-2013, 06:06 PM #1
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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This is great news!! beercheer.gif An email with pics from my friend who brought her honeybees to my place last spring. yay.gif

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03-09-2013, 06:14 PM #2
Octo Mother Superior
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yay.gifyay.gifyay.gif

That's great!
03-09-2013, 06:18 PM #3
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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-7 here. Lsad2.gifL tissueguy.gif

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03-09-2013, 06:30 PM #4
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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yay.gif Bees and beekeeping are such interesting subjects, such as the caffeine they ingest from plants help boost their memories (see link below) - also they can tell the difference from electrical-field and non-elecgtrical field flowers.

Quote:FLATOW: We've been hearing about, you know, bee populations are in trouble. They're vanishing. They're dying off in some of these colonies, colony collapse. Any good news on that? Is this still going on, colony collapses?

ASCHER: Well, colony collapse is very complicated. I think the best news is that that particular problem is specific to honeybees, and so our native bumblebees and all of our other native bees have a whole host of other problems, but they don't suffer from colony collapse disorder.

The other good news is I think that the researchers studying colony collapse have characterized this much better. They now understand multiple causes that contribute to this. But frankly, I'm not the person to talk about it, because I - to address this, because I really focus on the non-honeybees.

FLATOW: Yeah, because people think, well, bees are thinking about honeybees. But there are - how many different kinds of bees are there?

ASCHER: Well, I maintain a database, which is available at a biodiversity portal called Discover Life, and this lists 20,000 valid bee species.

FLATOW: Twenty thousand.

ASCHER: Worldwide, yes. And we know that this is just a big underestimate because there are vast numbers of new species that have not yet been described that we know about that are waiting in our collections for a taxonomist to have the resources to describe them.

http://app1.kuhf.org/articles/npr1362765...-Bees.html

http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Apoidea
03-09-2013, 06:31 PM #5
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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patpat.gif hug.gif I don't know if this glorious weather will last but we've had blackbirds for 3 weeks and the bees are really active, and mj is legal in BC. coffeetime.gif chuckle.gif
03-09-2013, 06:32 PM #6
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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(03-09-2013, 06:31 PM)Shadow Wrote:  patpat.gif hug.gif I don't know if this glorious weather will last but we've had blackbirds for 3 weeks and the bees are really active, and mj is legal in BC. coffeetime.gif chuckle.gif


They must know something we don't. All my shrubs and trees are budding now. We have +7-9 C weather now. yay.gif
03-09-2013, 06:36 PM #7
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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(03-09-2013, 06:30 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote:  yay.gif Bees and beekeeping are such interesting subjects, such as the caffeine they ingest from plants help boost their memories (see link below) - also they can tell the difference from electrical-field and non-elecgtrical field flowers.


I was privileged to have them. They're a whole new level of ... life. And i get them back yay.gif I just hope more chuckle.gif
03-09-2013, 06:37 PM #8
Octo Mother Superior
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I hope the birds know. It's still below zero in the whole country, but the swans are arriving along with a few other birds so maybe there's hope! beercheer.gif
03-09-2013, 06:38 PM #9
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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(03-09-2013, 06:37 PM)Octo Wrote:  I hope the birds know. It's still below zero in the whole country, but the swans are arriving along with a few other birds so maybe there's hope! beercheer.gif


Yes the birds know. hug.gif
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03-10-2013, 03:31 AM #10
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Thanks for reminding me what winter really is, and how great I have it where I already am.

03-10-2013, 04:40 AM #11
Octo Mother Superior
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No problems. chuckle.gif It's -15 here now so be sure to appreciate what you have. cheers.gif
04-13-2013, 04:50 PM #12
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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Hey Shadow, how are the bees doing? I hope they haven't abandoned any hives.

Quote:The widespread use of imidacloprid has been linked to colony collapse disorder, a phenomenon described by beekeepers, researchers and government officials when entire hive populations seem to disappear, apparently dying out. France has put restrictions on the use of imidacloprid (GauchoT) since the 1990s over concerns for the bee population.

Canada hasn't restricted use of the product despite warnings that similar impacts on bees were being felt here.

Prince Edward Island beekeepers have reported serious losses of bees which they believe since 1995 is linked to residues from imidacloprid. Potatoes on the island have been treated with soil applications of Admire (imidacloprid) to prevent Colorado potato beetle. It is believed that the rotational clover and canola crops have sublethal residues of imidacloprid in the pollen and nectar which cause slow death of bees in the colony.

http://www.sierraclub.ca/national/progra...heet.shtml

http://www.wral.com/bee-colonies-collaps.../12327567/
04-13-2013, 05:04 PM #13
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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beercheer.gif I haven't got them here yet, it's too early though I have been in contact with the beekeepers. (On a side note, The Beekeeper's Apprentice is a really good book) but anyways there's no issues at all with my friend's bees, they're doing very well! yay.gif
04-13-2013, 05:40 PM #14
Octo Mother Superior
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That's good to hear! yay.gif

+6 and raining here! woohoo.gif
04-13-2013, 05:49 PM #15
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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yay.gif +6!! Winter's done! beercheer.gif



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