IPM Mite Control Thresholds http://www.bbka.org.uk/local/northstaffordshire/bm~doc/ipmmitecontrol.ppt This is really interesting. There’s a great slide that shows the difference in population growth between drones and workers. (number 9) A New Zealand Document. Worth reading as they’re on the list for importing queens in to the UK (And bees) Click to access control-of-varroa-guide.pdf This gives lots of interesting… Continue reading Varroa Powerpoint
AFB EFB Sacbrood? Chalkbrood DLQ Laying workers Tropilaelaps varroosis Much reading and note taking later – Updated 1st February Old defective comb AFB (scale can not be removed so will not be laid in again) Varroosis Genetics (inbred queen will homologous alleles lead to diploid drones which workers remove very quickly) Poorly mated queen Drone… Continue reading What causes poor brood pattern?
Erm. One question mentions 3 frames of bees which is a tiny amount. And it will depend on what time of year. Spring (When Nosema apis make a show) then shook swarm is priobably good. At other times of year then uniting? Or even destroying? Lots of information is based in US who have Fumagillin… Continue reading Treating a weak colony infected with nosema
After reading about the benefits of thymol varroa treatments appearing to be beneficial in the reduction of nosema and acarine infections – then I wondered if you could use just thymol. Someone else has already asked that question of course – bee forum But this is where the Frakno Frame gets a mention. http://website.lineone.net/~dave.cushman/fraknoframe.html It was… Continue reading The frakno frame
By chance I happened upon these videos today Rendering wax from supers with a steamer and boiling frames in a burco boiler with washing soda. The videos are by David Bonner of Dunsmore Apiary – http://dunsmoreapiary.co.uk/ Who is a master beekeeper. My copy of BBKA news had just arrived and I’d flicked through to see what… Continue reading Great videos
I was reading a forum where someone asked when OMF came into use and what research had been done. A little search brings me: http://www.stratfordbeekeepers.org.uk/Newsletters/September2005.htm A recent paper in the Journal of Apicultural Research is reassuring. The paper, by well respected researchers Harbo and Harris at the USDA/ARS Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory,… Continue reading Open mesh floors