Opportunity to Purchase Purdue Ankle Biter and Red Line Mite Mauler Queens Spring 2020
Apple Grove Beekeepers Association would like to offer the opportunity to purchase Purdue and Mite Mauler queens again this year. We are extending this invitation to members of other regional bee clubs.
John Beers is working with Howard Baldwin, an Ohio queen breeder who supplied open mated Purdue Ankle Biter Queens and Red Line Italian Mite Maulers for $30 plus shipping last year. This year our intention is to drive to Ohio and pickup the queens directly from Mr. Baldwin. Because this group purchase will be performed through the Apple Grove Beekeepers Association we will add $2 per queen to the cost to benefit the club. I estimate $35 per queen will cover all our costs. To ensure delivery for a week between mid-June to mid-July to be specified we will place our order on January 15, 2020. Make checks out to Apple Grove Beekeepers Association. Checks should be mailed to and queens picked up at the home of John Beers, 991 Belle Meade Road, Bumpass, VA, 23024, phone 804-205-4403. All orders and the money for queens must be received by 5 PM on Tuesday January 14, 2020. No orders will be accepted without the full payment.
Purdue Ankle Biter bees demonstrate the behavior of attacking varroa mites and chewing their legs off. This is just one of several behaviors that help bees deal with the varroa mite on their own without treatment. Red Line Italian Mite Maulers have very strong jaws and are able to chew the body of the varroa mites. Minnesota Hygienic and Varroa Sensitive Hybrids (VSH) demonstrate the ability to detect pupa infected with varroa mites after the cells are capped and then to remove them preventing the varroa mites from multiplying in that cell. Russian bees are naturally resistant to varroa mites because they evolved in the presence of the mites. All of these behaviors are genetically transferred to these bees offspring making them better able to deal with varroa mites without treatment.
Why should you consider purchasing Purdue Ankle Biter Queens or Italian Mite Maulers?
1. Improved ability to deal with varroa mites which can reduce stress on the bees.
2. Drones produced by these queens will spread their genetics through the area and to native bees.
3. If you are organic and do not treat these bees have a better chance of survival over time.
4. If you do treat, these bees may not need to be treated as frequently.
5. To make splits with to replace winter losses.
6. To re-queen a hive that is doing poorly.
Making splits to replace winter losses and generate new hives is likely the most common reason someone would do this. Splits are normally made up in July using two frames of brood and a queen or queen cell in a five frame box. We will discuss how to go about this and what is involved at the May-June club meetings.
If you are interested in this opportunity please respond to this email.
For more information: Baldwin’s Bee Bizz, 330-553-9371, baldwinsbeebizz.com
Contact John Beers for more information at 804-205-4403 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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