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Pat Stayers Apiary 3.14.2011 by Dennis vanEngelsdorp

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Date added
Mar 23, 2011
Date taken
Apr 01, 2011
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This is a gigapan of Pat Stayer's Queen Production operation. In the image they are breaking up large colonies into smaller nucleus colonies. These nucleus colonies will then have a queen cell placed inside each hive. The nucleus colonies are then placed in apiaries called "Mating Yards." Here is where queens will successfully mate, die or be superseded. After approximately 10 days in warm sunny weather, beekeepers will check the nucleus colony to observe the status of the queen.

We were here to sample 8 of Pat’s colonies for the National Honey Bee Survey. The National Honey Bee Survey conducted by USDA/APHIS and is sponsored by APHIS in collaboration with ARS. The survey attempts to document the presence or absence of pests, parasites and disease currently found in the United States. The survey is geared towards establishing the absence of Apis Cerana, Slow Paralysis Virus (SPV) and the parasitic mite Tropilalapse in our country’s honeybee population.

Beekeepers participating in the survey will receive a summary report within 3 months from ARS on the average apiary level of Nosema, tracheal mite, and varroa levels in the sampled apiaries. In 4 to 6 months a separate molecular analysis report will include bee viruses and Nosema species present in the apiary sampled.


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GigaPan Stitch version 1.1.1241 (Windows)
Panorama size: 1077 megapixels (42436 x 25384 pixels)
Input images: 285 (19 columns by 15 rows)
Field of view: 71.9 degrees wide by 43.0 degrees high (top=8.9, bottom=-34.2)
Settings:
Vignette correction on: c1=0.063 c2=-0.0457
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SX120 IS
Image size: 3648x2736 (10.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2011-04-02 00:44:18 - 2011-04-02 01:12:40
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.01
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 361.4 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 40.1 to 51.5 percent
Vertical overlap: 38.7 to 42.7 percent
Computer stats: 3509.84 MB RAM, 4 CPUs
Total time 41:48 (8.8 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 17:26, Projection: 6:23, Blending: 17:59
(Preview finished in 27:08)

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