Meeting this week – this is my first attempt as a study group type activity. I’ve described it to my branch as a ‘bee disease chat evening’. Sign up has been good with another 2 people saying today they’ll be attending – making about 8 in total. I’m planning to run it with a sheet… Continue reading Module 3 Study Group
How do you catch one? Hints on getting a good photo welcome too! I assume a video camera and tripod at the right bit of the day, but pointing so the sun isn’t blinding, and that the colour can be seen on the hornet. Someone else has posted on the beekeeping forum about this : It… Continue reading Asian Hornet video
I’ve passed module 3 with a credit. 75% Yay! So I’m thinking again about what module I’ll do for November. Once again the idea of 5 and 6 has cropped up. Far too early to think about it though. And far too much real life bee stuff going on. Collecting swarms; almost collecting swarms and… Continue reading Exam results
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
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