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Trevor Gillbanks

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  1. Yes. Also the European or Australian model. We are very fortunate that we were able to shut down a couple of little islands in the South Pacific.
  2. I agree. I have a great Covid19 time. Apart from having to cancel our overseas trip in April. However, there are a lot of people who have not been so fortunate.
  3. Well, thank goodness that 2020 is now in the rubbish bin. Let's hope for a much better 2021, however, I am not so sure that will happen as we still have to deal with the effects of 2020. It looks like the weather has turned into the warm stuff here in Manawatu. I am rather sick of the wet, cold and wind that we have had. Anyway. Enough of the grumping. I wish everyone a very fruitful and prosperous New Year. I pray that your God gives you everything that you need in 2021.
  4. I am not sure @Maggie James I did not see the TV1 program. Collectively we have been looking at this project for a few years now, Pete (the dog man) came to our SNI group and asked us for assistance. The approach here is slightly different in that we are trying to separate and identify the volatiles within AFB. This is to try and prevent false positives. I don't want to say any more details on this. Sorry. Except to say that the SNI Group was the first to put their hand in their pockets and we have donated several thousand dollars to it. Yes. it is the same project.
  5. The SNI Group has been assisting with this project for about 3 years. The first part of the project is to identify the volatiles that make up AFB (my words, not scientific). Massey University in Palmerston North is doing the Laboratory work to identify the volatiles.
  6. There are two type of wax moth in NZ. Greater and lesser wax moth. The lesser wax moth also eats wood and can be quite destructive. Yes. even if you have frozen the frames, the wax moth can get into pretty small spacers to re-infect the frames. As @lexy said, You could refreeze them to make sure you kill all the little beggars.
  7. If they have been in storage then possibly no more eggs. Light infestation of wax moth will get cleaned up by the bees. Unfortunately, if there is damage to the comb from the wax moth, then the bees will quite often make holes in the comb or make it into drone comb [damaged area]. What do you have to loose by trying it.
  8. Potential for spray damage. You need to talk to them. So they understand what the bees require. Empty hives are not an option at the gardeners are not that stupid they would not see that there are any bees flying.
  9. Pretty near impossible to get out. Trap outs can work, but very rarely and take a long time. Extermination is usually the best.
  10. They actually have a lower percentage. But it does not matter. Do not block off the ventilation in the winter.
  11. So, the message here is to select your partners very carefully.
  12. Yes, I spent 15 years in Waiouru and we had snow for Christmas on several occasions.
  13. Ah, But here is the conundrum. Whilst there have been bees in that wall for at least 2 years. Are they the same colony, or has the cavity been reoccupied by another swarm. I don't know the answer to that, so I will be treating them once the queen has go to lay again. Currently, I am more concerned that they have a laying queen , rather than they are the varroa survivor of the bee world. Either way, I don't much care. I already have plenty of bees and at this time of the year it is just another hive to look after. Pretty much, I prefer to raise my own queens or get them off @glynn, @frazzledfozzleor Lion Apiaries. They all have very nice, quiet and productive bees.
  14. They looked in great order. It took 5 hours to do the cutout so looking for varroa was not high of the ToDo list. I will treat them once they have settled in. Also I will do an alcohol wash once they have fresh eggs in the colony. No sign of AFB, Huge blocks of worker brood and also lots of drones. A very high activity hive, however, I have put them into fresh foundation as well as 3 frames of there own brood. They are currently occupying 2 brood boxes and I think they will need a third (once they settle down)
  15. Interesting cutout today at Massey University. Thanks to Allan and Dan from Clearview for your efforts today. Not everyone is brave enough to be in a room full of bees. Colony 3 m tall and 1 m wide and 250mm deep. A very large colony which has been there for about 2 years. First cut at the bottom Where the rest of the colony was. Getting into the work. Just a few more bees. Cutting the next section of wall. Removing some honey. over 20 kgs Bees do make a heck of a mess. The last section. I am glad I am not doing the fix up.
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