Post by Todd Balsiger on Nov 2, 2005 22:00:36 GMT -7
Dear John Jacob,
Can you give me a follow-up on the SHB? Has it become even remotely established in your colonies or others' in your area?
I didn't attend the conference, so I didn't get a small hive beetle update. I have a SHB in a jar right in front of me as I sit here (I think it is anyway). I picked it up from a local beekeeper who was selling her beekeeping wares. Based on the mess -- boxes with comb with both pollen and honey everywhere, very messy -- I figured if she didn't have them, then Washington county doesn't yet. Well, I found one.
Todd, I have found one SHB 6 miles from the initial introduction site. I will be looking at this guys bees again in the next few weeks. I would expect more sightings as the bees come out of the almonds next year. There are several Nitulidae that can appear similiar, are you absolutely positive on the speciman that you found? John
John B Jacob www.oldsolbees.com Great queens require MANY GREAT DRONES... every single time.