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A mystery disease that baffles researchers is being more commonly reported. It has eluded a treatment, but a British beefarmer has tried an ingenious method that seems to give some measure of control.
A mystery disease that baffles researchers is being more commonly reported. It has eluded a treatment, but a British beefarmer has tried an ingenious method that seems to give some measure of control. Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus (CBPV) causes honey bees to have symptoms that include trembling of ...
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Ballet and bees. They are some uncanny connections apparently. 
Illustrator Graeme McNee re-creates the sensuality,brutality and elegance of the Scottish Ballet in this comic about Emergence.
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Olympic gymnast relies on honey, but it's not for eating. And, like Goldilocks, it shouldn't be too runny or too sticky - it needs to be just right!
Sam Mikulak knows he's found the right honey-to-chalk ratio when it starts squeaking. Chris Brooks slathers honey on his hands before adding just a thin layer of chalk.
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Bumble bees have been found to be very variable in their foraging habits. You could even make anthropomorphic suggestions about adventurers and reliable gatherers. This doesn't surprise me too much having watched honey bees in an observation hive, where the habits of a few stand out startlingly.
Tracking the flight of the bumblebee teaches us how they use plants – and how we can help them.
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Using Apiguard (organically-certified) to control varroa? Make sure your bees can get to it with an eke above the brood box and below the cover board and roof.
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Vita's Blogger, Turlough, has now harvested most of his honey (whisper it, but it's a record crop!) and then up pops this beside one apiary. A great selection of borage, phacelia and American sweet clover. Intended for the game birds, the bees are loving it!
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An holistic challenge for beekeeping in Zambian drought. It's not quite the lack of water that is the problem -- it's the lack of power because the hydro schemes aren't operating to capacity. So charcoal becomes the energy source -- and that means cutting down trees and that means a lack of forage.



A widespread drought in southern Africa has knock-on effects on honey production in Zambia.
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"The consumers are the flowers and the trucks are the bees." Bees help in Travelling Salesman algorithm. Would varroa be a traffic jam or a crash?
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The Australians are in search of drones in an attempt to track down varroa mites. Drone Congregation Areas in fact (though I cannot see that name used yet). They are looking in creeks.
WITH large helium-filled balloons, metres of fishing line and sex pheromones, the Queensland Government is on the hunt for an infamous insect.
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Yes, the world-famous Glastonbury Tor just happens to be a Drone Congregation Area. Not a strong one on Saturday last, but a DCA nonetheless. About half-a-dozen drones came sniffing the lure at any one time. The Tor is 150 metres above the surrounding countryside, so it's quite a flight up. I suspect the nearby and lower Wearyall Hill (90 m) could be busier with drones, but I couldn't get there in time to test it. The sight of someone with a fishing rod also attracted some attention from congregating humans, but, with luck, they went away a little more informed about bees.
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Those of you who have followed the searches by Vita's Blogger for Drone Congregation Areas might be interested in where he is testing tomorrow afternoon, weather permitting: the mystical Glastonbury Tor, a feature in the landscape familiar to Glastonbury Festival fans. Could it be a DCA? It seems to have many of the attributes of a DCA, but does the Tor impede the mating flight of drones? We will report back on Monday.

Meanwhile if you want to see the story of the searches for DCAs, see http://www.vita-europe.com/blog/greenham2/
Discover the National Trust's Glastonbury Tor, Somerset. Steeped in history and legend, the Tor is a fascinating place to visit.
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How could a tiny colony develop so quickly from two queen cells and 20 bees?
Two queen cells casually left on their sides on the cover board of the nucleus. One turned out to be empty, as if the queen had emerged. The other contained the remains of a developing queen. I brought a small nucleus with one frame of brood and a few queen cells back from an apiary to install ...
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Vita (Europe) Limited is a mite control and honeybee health specialist. It is the world’s largest dedicated supplier of honeybee health products to the honey and pollination industries.
Vita products:
Apiguard to control varroa and chalkbrood
Apistan (outside North America) to control varroa B401 to control wax moth
Vita Feed Green and Vita Feed Gold to boost immune systems
foulbrood diagnostic kits to test for EFB and AFB at the hiveside
Vita Swarm Attractant Wipe to lure swarms