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Re: Holes in rhizomes

CEMahan@aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 96-10-06 06:51:48 EDT, you write:
> >       But a dirth of bees!!  Anyone else concerned about the lack of bees??
> >
> >
> Yes...there have been lots of butterflies and hummingbirds this year...more
> than I ever remember. But very few bees.  I have not seen one honeybee this
> year, and usually there are swarms.  This could bode trouble.  Clarence Mahan
> in VA

Honey bees all over the US are being attacked by a new scourge - tracheal mites 
- which on top of the verroa mite are decimating the bees. Verroa can be 
controlled with a "No Pest Strip" sort of control in commercial hives, but 
there is no known control (that I know yet at least) for the tracheal mite.


John, Iris lover         | "There be dragons here"
and part time            |  Annotation used by ancient cartographers
beekeeper                |  to indicate the edge of the known world.

John Jones, jijones@ix.netcom.com
Fremont CA, USDA zone 8/9 (coastal, bay) 
Max high 95F/35C, Min Low 28F/-2C average 10 days each
Heavy clay base for my raised beds.

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