#31  
Old 01-07-2012, 02:44 PM
cobblerdave's Avatar
Il Pizzaiolo
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: brisbane australia
Posts: 2,437
Default Re: Missing Bees???

Gudday
Talking to an old mate and he reminded my about an old ford zephyr we had rebuilt. Got the thing together in the car, started the motor, no oil pressure.
After pulling it out and pulling it down we found bits of rubber and silastic in the oil galleries off the oil filter.....sounds like the same culprit I recon... one of the solitairy types of bee for sure.

Regards Dave
Reply With Quote
  #32  
Old 01-18-2012, 08:32 PM
Pdiff's Avatar
Apprentice
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Idaho, USA
Posts: 119
Default Re: Missing Bees???

I've never heard of bees eating plastic or rubber. Definitely not honey bees or other nectar feeders. They don't have the chewing mouth parts. Could be some type of carnivorous wasp or hornet. We have some here that will strip bark off of trees pretty efficiently. Grasshoppers, crickets, and termites will take on rubber too, though. It would be interesting to find out ... Some kind of Andromeda Strain insects out there ?
Reply With Quote
  #33  
Old 01-19-2012, 05:14 AM
Archena's Avatar
Il Pizzaiolo
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Alabama
Posts: 1,212
Default Re: Missing Bees???

Maybe it's their version of carpenter bees?

Name:  shrug.gif
Views: 98
Size:  622 Bytes
__________________
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot

"Success isn't permanent and failure isn't fatal." -Mike Ditka
[/CENTER]
Reply With Quote
  #34  
Old 01-19-2012, 06:43 AM
Il Pizzaiolo
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: San Antonio
Posts: 1,719
Default Re: Missing Bees???

Going back to my original post that started this thread...after several years of low bee populations this winter the number appears to be up dramatically. Scruffy looking wild bees rather than the tidy commercial ones but lots of them. Perhaps the decline in the US is ending as wild bees evolve to withstand the problem and repopulate???

Intersting!
Reply With Quote
  #35  
Old 01-19-2012, 09:26 AM
Archena's Avatar
Il Pizzaiolo
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Alabama
Posts: 1,212
Default Re: Missing Bees???

Name:  brood.gif
Views: 96
Size:  365 Bytes Who're you callin' 'scruffy looking'?!



Yay, bees! Name:  thumb.gif
Views: 92
Size:  1.6 KB
__________________
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot

"Success isn't permanent and failure isn't fatal." -Mike Ditka
[/CENTER]
Reply With Quote
  #36  
Old 01-19-2012, 02:11 PM
Pdiff's Avatar
Apprentice
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Idaho, USA
Posts: 119
Default Re: Missing Bees???

Are you talking locally? Too early to really tell here yet. My bees seem to be doing reasonable so far this winter, as it's been pretty mild until this week. Now they're under 2' of snow Still, bee populations have long been known to go up and down over the years. Undoubtedly, humans are doing something to influence that, but they are pretty tough little buggers. Around here, they have to often survive 7-9 months with no foraging. Pretty amazing that they can do that.
Reply With Quote
  #37  
Old 05-11-2012, 02:51 PM
Lburou's Avatar
Il Pizzaiolo
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: DFW area, USA
Posts: 1,118
Thumbs up Our apiary

In the military for many years with frequent moves, so have been without bees for 20 years. We made an apiary this Spring and have begun two be colonies of Italian/Carniolan honey bees. It should be an ideal site for the bees, we'll see.
Attached Thumbnails
Missing Bees???-small.jpg   Missing Bees???-small-2-.jpg  
__________________
Lee B.
DFW area, Texas, USA

If you are thinking about building a brick oven, my advice is
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Our One Meter Pompeii Oven album is
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

An album showing our Thermal Breaks is
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


I try to learn from my mistakes, and from yours when you give me a heads up.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote
  #38  
Old 05-11-2012, 02:54 PM
Lburou's Avatar
Il Pizzaiolo
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: DFW area, USA
Posts: 1,118
Thumbs up Re: Missing Bees???

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pdiff View Post
Are you talking locally? Too early to really tell here yet. My bees seem to be doing reasonable so far this winter, as it's been pretty mild until this week. Now they're under 2' of snow Still, bee populations have long been known to go up and down over the years. Undoubtedly, humans are doing something to influence that, but they are pretty tough little buggers. Around here, they have to often survive 7-9 months with no foraging. Pretty amazing that they can do that.
Unfortunately, new and deadly pests have come to America. The small hive beetle and varroa mites have plagued the bees the past few years along with some new viruses. It makes keeping bees a bit more of a challenge than when I first began in the 1970's. :-/
__________________
Lee B.
DFW area, Texas, USA

If you are thinking about building a brick oven, my advice is
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Our One Meter Pompeii Oven album is
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

An album showing our Thermal Breaks is
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


I try to learn from my mistakes, and from yours when you give me a heads up.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Last edited by Lburou; 03-24-2013 at 07:55 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #39  
Old 05-11-2012, 07:30 PM
Pdiff's Avatar
Apprentice
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Idaho, USA
Posts: 119
Default Re: Missing Bees???

It is more challenging, but still doable. My bees are now going strong with the seasonal bloom proceeding. Others in my area had minimal losses as well, probably due to the mild winter.

The latest USDA report on the bee side of things indicates that while losses are still a problem, they are holding steady with the last few years. Specifically, losses from CCD appear unchanged and the main reason for declines are due to Varroa mite. Fortunately, I have little trouble with those as my bees are fairly isolated from others. SHB is not much of an issue here either.

Hoping things stay good here! Need to check them tomorrow, though, as they are probably getting that swarming urge by now. :-)

Pdiff
Reply With Quote
  #40  
Old 05-12-2012, 06:05 AM
Lburou's Avatar
Il Pizzaiolo
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: DFW area, USA
Posts: 1,118
Thumbs up Re: Missing Bees???

Quote:
Originally Posted by texassourdough View Post
Going back to my original post that started this thread...after several years of low bee populations this winter the number appears to be up dramatically. Scruffy looking wild bees rather than the tidy commercial ones but lots of them. Perhaps the decline in the US is ending as wild bees evolve to withstand the problem and repopulate???

Intersting!
I've been watching our widflowers and have observed little pollinators I've never seen before (keep in mind I'm relatively new to this area). The honeybees are occasional visitors to the indian blankets, but the wasps, flies, beetles and moths are all over them. The jujubies are in full bloom and full of every manor of pollinator except the honeybees. I guess the bees have found something they prefer. WR to local pollination, it looks like the native pollinators are in good supply this year, now, my watermelons will be adequately pollinated.
__________________
Lee B.
DFW area, Texas, USA

If you are thinking about building a brick oven, my advice is
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Our One Meter Pompeii Oven album is
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

An album showing our Thermal Breaks is
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


I try to learn from my mistakes, and from yours when you give me a heads up.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Last edited by Lburou; 05-12-2012 at 07:39 AM.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
CalPolyAlli Bee Thread jengineer Chit Chat 0 05-08-2007 07:55 AM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:13 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
2006/10 Forno Bravo, LLC