tel jetson

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since May 17, 2007

zone 7? 8?: woodland, washington and portland, oregon. grower, builder, beekeeper, engineer.
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M Johnson wrote:I dont know how people pull off no jacket.  I’ve seen it done.  I saw a guy at Mother Earth do a demonstration with just a veil and did a full inspection.

My bees would sting the @$&:@; out of me without the jacket. I leaned over once and dripped sweat into the hive and they went ballistic.

Maybe it’s handling practices or my pheromones or something. But I would be careful with just a veil.

FYI I have other friends who always suit up too

my guess (based simply on this one post, so take it with a grain of salt) would be your management practices. when I wasn't wearing any suit or veil, I was very careful not to do anything that would upset the bees. that includes probably the majority of conventional beekeeping practices.

I think it made me a better beekeeper because I really had to pay attention and think about how any action would affect the bees. now that I wear a suit (life-threatening allergy), it's a lot easier to remain mindful because I didn't wear it for so long.
1 month ago
could also use a bottom feeder. if you're strong enough or you've got help, lift the whole works off the bottom board, add an empty body, put a feeder in, and move the hive back on top. they won't lose near much heat if you never take the lid off or break the hive apart.
1 month ago
haven't tried it myself, but a friend has. she said brood tastes good, like coconut.

I don't know that I would go so far as to call brood, even drone brood, a free resource, though. the colony does expend a fair amount of metabolic energy raising brood, and removing it is a fairly invasive undertaking. if a person was going to remove the brood anyway, then eating it seems like a great idea.

my friend also said that bears raid hives for the brood, not the honey. I haven't confirmed that independently.
2 months ago
you could easily get away with just a veil. tuck your trousers into your socks. tape your sleeves to some dish gloves.

or, you could skip the protection altogether. as a point of reference, I only started wearing a veil when I found out that I'm allergic to honey bee stings. that was after five years of beekeeping*. avoiding actions that make the bees perceive you as a threat is much easier to do if you get immediate feedback...

* from the beginning, I wore a veil when I was cutting colonies out of walls, etc.
3 months ago
I've heard good things about Tetradium daniellii. invasive ivies are reliable around here (on the other side of the continent).
3 months ago
the great dictator

(no apocalypse, but good all the same)
7 months ago
those monorails in the Moselle video are all over rural Shikoku, too. probably elsewhere in Japan as well, but that's where I've seen them.
9 months ago

Riley Walker wrote:I haven't had a chance to read your link yet, but I'll definitely add it to my bee reading list - I appreciate it!

here's the abstract, which might be all you really need to read:

When humans switched from hunting honeybee colonies living scattered in the wild to keeping them in hives crowded in apiaries, they may have greatly increased disease transmission between colonies. The effects of clustering colonies were studied. Two groups of 12 colonies, with hives crowded or dispersed, were established in a common environment and left untreated for mites. Drones made many homing errors in the crowded group, but not in the dispersed group. In early summer, in both groups, the colonies that did not swarm developed high mite counts, but the colonies that swarmed maintained low mite counts. In late summer, in the crowded group but not in the dispersed group, the colonies that swarmed also developed high mite counts. All colonies with high mite counts in late summer died over winter; all colonies with low mite counts in late summer survived over winter. Evidently, swarming can reduce a colony’s mite load, but when colonies are crowded in apiaries, this mite-load reduction is erased as mites are spread through drifting and robbing.

10 months ago
congratulations. moving forward, I would suggest dispersing the hives a bit more if you're able. check out this paper:
10 months ago
for something like a truck that might not get a lot of miles, I think going older can make a lot of sense if you like wrenching. I've got an '86 diesel F250 that I really like. needs some expensive front end work that I'm not equipped to do, but I can do a lot of the maintenance and handy friends can help me with some of what I can't do on my own.

don't clean your carburetor in the kitchen, though. solvents partition to fats/lipids really well, which there are plenty of in a typical kitchen. then you eat those and the solvents partition well to the fats in your body. no good. at this point in my life, I think my frontal lobe has finally grown in and I wear a respirator for any work that involves anything volatile. (I know you said "rebuild", not "clean". just a friendly PSA from a chemical-phobe.)
10 months ago