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Patrick Thomas
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:48 pm    Post subject: Orientation flight with my mouth kept shut Reply with quote

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Since most of you are probably shut down for the winter, I figured you'd all enjoy this orientation flight I filmed in my back yard today in Florida.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5BE8rQpR90


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Barbara
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Patrick

Thanks for that. Lovely to see your girls so active. Surprisingly we have been extremely lucky to have mild weather right through the autumn so far and so I am still able to enjoy watching our my own bees foraging and even some orientation flights still, although not to that extent.

I'm curious as to the purpose of the pipe elbow screwed onto the side of the hive.... Is it some sort of feeding system?

Regards

Barbara
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Patrick Thomas
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Barbara wrote:
Hi Patrick

Thanks for that. Lovely to see your girls so active. Surprisingly we have been extremely lucky to have mild weather right through the autumn so far and so I am still able to enjoy watching our my own bees foraging and even some orientation flights still, although not to that extent.

I'm curious as to the purpose of the pipe elbow screwed onto the side of the hive.... Is it some sort of feeding system?

Regards

Barbara


I'm glad to hear your mild weather is hanging on a little bit longer.

Regarding the pipe, it was a failed attempt at keeping hive beetles out. But accidentally, I've found out that the aquarium hive with the cover has been a magnificent shield against hive beetles.

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Adriaan
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Patrick Thomas wrote:
I've found out that the aquarium hive with the cover has been a magnificent shield against hive beetles.


Hi Patrick,

Can you explain?

friendly greetings

Adriaan
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Patrick Thomas
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adriaan wrote:
Patrick Thomas wrote:
I've found out that the aquarium hive with the cover has been a magnificent shield against hive beetles.


Hi Patrick,

Can you explain?

friendly greetings

Adriaan


Yes, Adriaan, thanks for asking.


Here's video footage of the hive that rarely has any hive beetles. I don't know for sure yet if it's the entrance/hive design or their genetics.

https://youtu.be/D_B8xPjaNbw

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eltalia
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Location: Australia (Nth. Queensland)

PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:38 am    Post subject: Re: Orientation flight with my mouth kept shut Reply with quote

Patrick Thomas wrote:
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Since most of you are probably shut down for the winter, I figured you'd all enjoy this orientation flight I filmed in my back yard today in Florida.

https://www.yo ube.com/watch?v=Y5BE8rQpR90


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Not here Patrick Very Happy ... we are having an early wet season
so things will slow down from "hectic" shortly, but for now here is video of a startup around 5 weeks old... the video taken around the 7thNov2017. The frames are
are part of starters for my next topbar colony.

http://tinypic.com/r/2d91fdv/9

Bill
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eltalia
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Location: Australia (Nth. Queensland)

PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Patrick Thomas wrote:
Adriaan wrote:
Patrick Thomas wrote:
I've found out that the aquarium hive with the cover has been a magnificent shield against hive beetles.


Hi Patrick,

Can you explain?

friendly greetings

Adriaan


Yes, Adriaan, thanks for asking.


Here's video footage of the hive that rarely has any hive beetles. I don't know for sure yet if it's the entrance/hive design or their genetics.

https://yout be/D_B8xPjaNbw

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Very nice progression there Patrick. I have also found that there is little to none attachment of comb in vertical sides of the 'box'... yet to see(here) what the end game is when comb building is done and the colony is at size.
On two fronts your A-Hive is defying known 'hazards' in startup (a) the sheer expanse of the void and (b) the absence of any SHB activity.
Worthy of note is that Smile
Also see how the warm side (V) cold side concept is working in the comb build? What I saw of the long shot shows a definite build from the wall on the LH side to the RH side - the side against the house and so cooler that the LH side, I presume??
And yessss.. what a strong thriving colony!
Well Done...ALL Wink

Bill
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