I have to say faced with a question “Name 6 winged pests past and future” .. I found myself a bit stuck. I’m afraid I could think of small hive beetle and then woodpecker and then my brain froze. I could however remember lots of details about poisoning vs CBPV so I opted for that… Continue reading Module 3
Lovely blog here Beespoke info – This bit is about making skeps. One of the other posts is about March flowers. Dandelions get a mention. They are amazing flowers really – there’s been the odd one out since January here.
Prefers drone cells 10:1 in favour of worker. Female mite is attracted to cell about 15 hours before capped. Must be a pheremone given off to indicate to the bees it’s time to cap the cell. Mite hides in remaining brood food in bottle of cell using a ‘snorkel’ peritime to breathe through. After cell… Continue reading Lifecycle of varroa
Could be poisoning or CBPV Difference? Well it can be impossible to tell? Dead bees usually have their proboscis (‘tongue’) extended = poisoned. Remedial action? reduce entrance to avoid robbing. (I do not want this question on the paper!) SIGNS Dead dying bees in front of hive. Tongues sticking out. Agressive, stupified, jerky, spinning. Can… Continue reading Bees dead in front of hive..
Varroa viruses Wing viruses – cloudy and deformed paralysis viruses – chronic, acute, slow, CBPV1 – Can’t fly, crawl or cluster in hive, bloated abdomens, dislocated wings. Dysentery death. CBPV1. Black robbers – bees ap[pear smaller because hairless and greasy looking. Lose ability to fly, tremble. Other bees agressive towards them – as if… Continue reading Viruses