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Winter hive preparation

Winter hive preparation

Winter hive preparation As autumn comes to an end, winter hive preparation takes place.  Hives ...

Hive frame sterilisation using boiling cleaning soda solution

Hive frame sterilisation using boiling cleaning soda solution

Hive frame sterilisation with boiling washing soda solution This blog describes a simple process ...

Simple hygienic honey processing for a small-scale beekeeper – Part 3 heat treatment

Simple hygienic honey processing for a small-scale beekeeper – Part 3 heat treatment

Heat treatment during honey processing for a small-scale beekeeper This is the third blog in a ...

Simple hygienic honey processing for a small-scale beekeeper – part 2 jarring honey

Simple hygienic honey processing for a small-scale beekeeper – part 2 jarring honey

Simple hygienic jarring of honey for a small-scale beekeeper This is the second blog in a series of ...

Simple hygienic honey processing for a small-scale beekeeper – part 1 extraction

Simple hygienic honey processing for a small-scale beekeeper – part 1 extraction

Simple hygienic extraction of honey for a small-scale beekeeper This blog is the first in a series ...

Transfer of first grafted queen cells of the season into apideas mating hives

Transfer of first grafted queen cells of the season into apideas mating hives

Transfer of first grafted queen cells of the season into apidea mating hives After grafting larvae ...

Apis mellifera mellifera – using DNA testing to establish honey bee ancestry

Apis mellifera mellifera – using DNA testing to establish honey bee ancestry

Apis mellifera mellifera – using DNA testing to establish honey bee ancestry Results of DNA ...

Pollen Microscopy – taking a closer look at spring forage

Pollen Microscopy – taking a closer look at spring forage

Pollen Microscopy – taking a closer look at spring forage This weekend I have been using pollen ...

First supers of the season go on as colonies build up and Oil seed Rape starts to flower

First supers of the season go on as colonies build up and Oil seed Rape starts to flower

First supers go on as colonies build up and Oil Seed Rape starts to flower The warm weather of last

Why do Honey Bees Forage for Water?

Why do Honey Bees Forage for Water?

Why do honey bees forage for water? There are three main reasons why honey bees forage for water. ...

How to collect a sample of honey bees for adult disease analysis

How to collect a sample of honey bees for adult disease analysis

How to collect a sample of honey bees for disease analysis The following method outlines a simple, ...

First Colony Inspection of the Season – “Yellow 5” made it through the winter!

First Colony Inspection of the Season – “Yellow 5” made it through the winter!

First Colony Inspection of the Season – “Yellow 5” made it through the winter! It was 12 ...

Bee Breeding – Why do I put Characteristics before Ancestry?

Bee Breeding – Why do I put Characteristics before Ancestry?

Bee Breeding – Why do I put Characteristics before Ancestry? I recently performed wing morphology ...

Wing Morphology – How Native are my Bees?

Wing Morphology – How Native are my Bees?

Wing Morphology – How native are my bees? In the spring of last year, I decided to ...

Identifying the white pollen my bees are foraging

Identifying the white pollen my bees are foraging

Identifying the white pollen my bees are foraging Went on a mission today to identify the mystery ...

Bees break cluster and actively foraging but more cold weather on its way

Bees break cluster and actively foraging but more cold weather on its way

Bees break cluster and actively foraging but more cold weather on its way Temperature was up to 12 ...

Foraging on Snowdrops after surviving the Beast from the East

Foraging on Snowdrops after surviving the Beast from the East

Foraging on Snowdrops after Surviving the Beast from the East Great to see all colonies survived ...

Perfect Storm for Winter Bees and Winter Beekeepers

Perfect Storm for Winter Bees and Winter Beekeepers

Why is the current weather a perfect storm for the winter bees? The current cold spell is hitting ...

First Pollen of Season

First Pollen of Season

Foraging for the first pollen of the season First Pollen of the season going in.  9 Degree C with ...