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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Varroa detected in Australia
« Last post by Ben Framed on September 20, 2023, 10:57:06 am »
I noticed in the new map above as compared to the most recent map, posted in reply 296 a week ago, showing scattered outbreaks in several wide areas of NSW, none of the newer areas are shown to be in the 'management areas' but are hidden, or blended into the suppression zones. What is the definition, or the difference in the attention given to the Management zones and the Suppression zones?

Just a few days after we were talking about the invasive Varroa Destructor situation In Australia, it seems NSW has officially changed their position from eradication efforts, to Varroa management.

Has there been any updated on the Asian Hornet situation reported here in America? Hopefully the Asian Hornet is stopped here in America though concern is certainly justified.

After reading Reagan's post describing the Asian Hornets habits, perhaps beekeepers in the surrounding areas of the last seen hornets will vigently keep an eye of their hives in early morning and late evening just to make sure no more are in the area?


A quarter inch (6.35 millimeter) square opening will let a drone out.  A 3/8" (9.525 millimeter) round hole will let a drone out but a worker won't find their way back in.  Your 9mm should work fine.  However many will easily fit will work fine.  More is better than less since all the field workers will be exiting them along with all the drones.  Overflow will be existing the #5 screen.  BTW #5 is also useful for a queen excluder.  I often use a push in cage of #5 to confine the queen to a space where I will get larvae to graft.
I started cutting up some metal flyscreen mesh using the template that I made yesterday. The cones formed reasonably well but the shape was a little messy. The main issue was the sharp edges on the mesh at the exit point. This would be hard on the bees so I decided to turn the edges over a ring of wire. The rings were formed around a piece of 10mm rod to keep the size and shape uniform. To improve the shape of the cone, I turned up a former using a 10mm bolt with the head removed. This was glued to a block of wood and then machined to the desired shape. Forming the cones then became a simple task.
Just the sort of information I need. Thanks Michael. Hardware cloth is hard to come by in Australia but I have ordered some plastic pollen trap strips that I will try in the interim. They have entry holes that are supposed to be of the correct size to trap pollen. The cones will have an exit hole of 8-9mm. I?m hoping that this will allow bees (including drones) to escape quickly. Do you think this will work or should I adjust my design? I?m looking at 8 or 9 cones at this stage. I do have an aluminium mesh that bees can?t get through but pollen should fall through. It?s only about 200mm wide but that should be enough for this trap. I think that the whole thing should be screwed together so that any components that don?t work as planned can be pulled out and replaced.
Somewhere I have a regular Sundance trap.  I have several Sundance II traps.  I have built a few traps over the years.  Here are some observations:

You need some sort of drone escape.  The ones on the Sundance II and Sundance work very well in that they also serve as a worker escape.  Workers quickly learn to exit through them as it is much quicker and easier than exiting through the #5 screen wire.  You can get by by just drilling one 3/8" hole as the escape, but you will lose pollen as the workers will try to use it but you'll get some as the traffic jam at that hole will force a lot of bees to use the trap.  This will also be less efficient than the drone escapes as the traffic jam, again, will slow down the exiting workers.

 You need the bees to enter through a #5 (aka 1/5" aka coffee cloth) hardware cloth.  This is the same size used by coffee processors to sort coffee beans.  Usually available mail order at least but then often only in a full roll.  Some of the US bee supply vendors sell it in smaller lengths.  Under the #5 and over the catch drawer you need a #7 hardware cloth.  This is the right size for the pollen to fall through and keep bees out.  #8 (1/8") is too small for it to freely fall down.  #6, the bees will wiggle their way through.  You need window screen on the drawer bottom to keep the pollen from molding.
« Last post by Michael Bush on September 20, 2023, 06:20:16 am »
Dysentery isn't a big deal when the bees are flying everyday, but if they store it and eat it in winter, it can be catastrophic.
« Last post by Michael Bush on September 20, 2023, 06:16:32 am »
>The problem is this book is so full of all sorts of things that I know aren't true, that I can't trust any word it says

Your examples show a definite bias towards a specific narrative.  It really is absurd to say "English settlers did not recognize or acknowledge Native American agricultural patterns already in place" when accepting Native American agricultural practices literally saved them from starvation.  All through time woman and men have formed partnerships and struggled through life together.  I'm sure they had no time to analyze just how much freedom women or men had.  They were too busy trying not to starve to argue over who had to do what.  If it needed doing someone did it.  It sounds like a college education once again spreads ignorance.

Have you read Huber?  This is about the research that discovered every useful thing we know about bees except parthenogenesis written by the blind man who discovered all of those facts.
DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Varroa detected in Australia
« Last post by Ben Framed on September 20, 2023, 06:09:29 am »
New Map

DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Varroa detected in Australia
« Last post by Ben Framed on September 20, 2023, 06:01:01 am »

Department of
Primary Industries

Varroa mite emergency response

As of 19 September 2023, the National Management Group (NMG) as peak decision body for the National Varroa mite Emergency Response have reached a decision to shift the focus of the response from eradication to transitioning to management of Varroa Mite.

This transition to the new focus will take time and we will continue to update the information on these pages as the plan progresses. A new Varroa mite Emergency Order is in place.

We value the sacrifice of every beekeeper and thank everyone for their cooperation during the Varroa mite response and this evolving situation.
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