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Old 05-26-2011, 11:42 PM   #21
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Whoa - 'zac's back!

Isn't the problem that the invasion of the Euro-bees began the decimation of the native bees (sounds like a familiar story)?
From what I understand there are no honeybees native to the US, they all originated in Africa. First they spread to Europe in two separate migrations, and in the 1600s two types were brought here from Europe by settlers. Then in the 1800s Italian ones came. And now, the "Africanized" honeybee, which incredibly aggressive compared to our domesticated bees, has made its way all the way from Brazil, displacing the regular bees and sometimes interbreeding with them.

The story behind Africanized bees is kind of interesting, they know exactly where they came from, and even wanted to set up a Euro-honeybee "blockade" in Panama to stop them.

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The Africanized bees in the western hemisphere are the direct result of Warick E. Kerr, a biologist, and his bee-keeper, who accidentally released 26 Tanzanian queen bees in the southeast of Brazil. They were attempting to create a hybrid bee that would produce more honey in tropical conditions.

http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...ee_attack.html
I guess if this bee takes over, food won't be as much of an issue, but getting stung might
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Old 05-27-2011, 04:49 PM   #22
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From what I understand there are no honeybees native to the US, they all originated in Africa. First they spread to Europe in two separate migrations, and in the 1600s two types were brought here from Europe by settlers. Then in the 1800s Italian ones came. And now, the "Africanized" honeybee, which incredibly aggressive compared to our domesticated bees, has made its way all the way from Brazil, displacing the regular bees and sometimes interbreeding with them.

The story behind Africanized bees is kind of interesting, they know exactly where they came from, and even wanted to set up a Euro-honeybee "blockade" in Panama to stop them.



I guess if this bee takes over, food won't be as much of an issue, but getting stung might

So far, thankfully, the Africans are limited to the Southern Border States, including Florida,Arizona,New Mexico, Calif.,Texas. Hopefully the current belief that the Africans are cold intolerant will stop the spread. Unfortunately, they do interbreed with the Italians and other Euro bees which might alter their cold intolerance.

The a Africans seem to make a fair amount of honey, but they are a bear to work and very dangerous and agressive to the unprotected.
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Old 05-28-2011, 12:03 AM   #23
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So, if I read right, all bees are immigrants?
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Old 05-28-2011, 09:01 AM   #24
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So, if I read right, all bees are immigrants?
and most species of earth worm.
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Old 05-28-2011, 05:45 PM   #25
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and most species of earth worm.
Sounds like we trully are the melting pot , from the underground to orchards .
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Old 01-23-2012, 10:52 AM   #26
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If you want to getting in to beekeeping cheaper, Go to the Amish for your equipment. I know better Bee gets some of the stuff from them(frames and boxes). You can get a complete hive without foundation for about $75. They will even put in the foundation if you want them to. They will make anything like that for you. I just got 10 matting Nuc's from them. I am up to around 30 hives now, because of the Amish.
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Old 01-23-2012, 04:13 PM   #27
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If you want to getting in to beekeeping cheaper, Go to the Amish for your equipment. I know better Bee gets some of the stuff from them(frames and boxes). You can get a complete hive without foundation for about $75. They will even put in the foundation if you want them to. They will make anything like that for you. I just got 10 matting Nuc's from them. I am up to around 30 hives now, because of the Amish.
Got the contact info for any Amish that do that in Upstate/Finger Lakes New York? I have my first hive insulated and ready for the spring. I plan to split the hive early with the first heavy polen flow and for $75 that can't be beat. PM me if you wish.
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I,d like to know also.
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