Helloooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!! I am a beginning beekeeper on the Big Island of Hawaii, near Hilo. Right now I have one hive of my own and work some more with my mentor at his beeyard, there are about 60 Langstroth hives there and some top bar hives as well. I have had my own bees two weeks as of today, and just Sunday added a second deep to the hive, they were boiling over and collecting avocado pollen at an astonishing clip. I hope to work up to ten hives this year, that is my current goal at least. I so much appreciate forums like these where people like me can learn from others and compress the learning curve some. It is so generous of everyone to give their time and expertise so willingly. I also took a class here in hygenic queen rearing, and my current queen, like myself, is a graduate of that class, so I hope she does well and can help me manage these mites and beetles. :razz: Aloha!!