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May 12, 2014

Do Bumblebees and Honeybees share common foes?

Are Bumblebees living in the wild in the United Kingdom falling victim to diseases and parasites from managed honeybees?

Research from the Royal Holloway University of London indicate that it is possible. Data was collected on a number of disorders, and the team looked at how these diseases may migrate from managed populations of honeybees to wild bumblebees. F├╝rst and his team found deformed wing virus (DWV) and Nosema ceranae, a fungal parasite, could move between the groups. Lifespans of bees contracting DWV is shortened from around three weeks to two. 

December 22, 2013

Check your bees in north usa

The warm weather makes the bees eat their reserves. Check your hives.

October 4, 2013

Prep for the 2013 bee winter

It's that time again beeks. Your actions or inaction's over the next 90 days will have a key role in IF you have bees for next year.  Starvation continues to be a huge problem.  With the every changing climate you must prepare and act for changing weather.

Starting in no certain order:
An insulated top
  1. Change to a heavier sugar syrup now.  Time is running out for the extra water to evaporate.
  2. Make the sugar blocks and any equipment needed to hold them.  This is your insurance against an early spring or weird winter starvation event.
  3. Cleanup the apiary. 
  4. Build the mouse and animal guards.
  5. If your going to treat chemically, get busy.
  6. Merge weak hives.
  7. Insulate the hives. Top, bottom and sides, control wind.
  8. Have water available during the winter. Many ways available.
  9. Clean the bottom boards.
  10. Order catalogs for next year and place your bee orders NOW.
  11. Switch bottom board to elevated bottoms.  This is old school, if you don't know how, leave a comment.
  12. Start reducing the amount of outside accesses.
  13. How deep is your snow? Adjust bottom boards accordingly.
  14. Pull final honey harvest.

A wind break
Tar paper insulation

October 3, 2013

Floating migratory beehives

Learn more HERE. Ever the entrepreneur, Frederick Grabbe began work as a beekeeper, using imported Italian and hybrid bees for his aviary. He sold the honey in Chicago on Kinzie Street.

As the bees stopped production of honey in the midwest's cooling fall season, he hit upon a unique solution to produce honey year round: he put his beehives on a large flat board boat and floated his aviary south on the Mississippi River. The bees would continue to produce honey in the winter months as he traveled south. By day, the bees would leave the boat's hives and seek the southern flowers. At dusk, they returned to their hives on the boat prior to nightfall. The boat traveled further south at night time with the bees safely in their hives on board the vessel.

October 2, 2013

Jackass beesuit - No really

And for your dog . . .