Entries by Susanne Mason

Entrance Protection in Autumn

Bee Behaviour in Autumn (by: backyard bees) You should notice a stronger and more assertive group of guard bees at the entrance of the beehive in the fall. Why is this? This is because honeybee populations are still high in the early fall, but the amount of pollen and nectar available to forage on has […]

Bee Behaviour in Autumn

From: Backyard Bees Drone Culling by Bees in Autumn Drones have a very important purpose in the lifecycles of honeybees. As the carriers of important genetic material, they are the conduits of genetic information that is vital to the diversification and resiliency of future colonies. Drones are created in the early summer months and are […]

Danger of starving bee colonies

NBU Warning August 2015 (http://www.bee-craft.com/nbu-warning-august-2015/) The following warning was issued by the National Bee Unit on 13 August 2015: In many areas of the UK nectar flows have ceased and reports are coming in from Regional and Seasonal Bee Inspectors of starving bee colonies, where the beekeeper is not aware that the bees are severely […]

Pesticides: Neonicotinoid-laced Nectar

Bees ‘prefer’ neonicotinoid-laced nectar 22 April 2015, Michael Gross (http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/2015/04/bees-prefer-contaminated-nectar-neonicotinoid-pesticides) Bees may be doomed to consume nectar contaminated with neonicotinoid pesticides, according to new behavioural studies carried out by UK researchers. In contrast to previous research, behavioural studies suggested the insects do not avoid feeding on neonicotinoid-treated plants, and may even be choosing to do so, ingesting […]

Food security catastrophe as honeybee numbers fall

UK faces food security catastrophe as honeybee numbers fall, scientists warn (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jan/08/uk-food-security-honeybees) Crop pollination via honeybees sinks to second lowest in Europe as study calls for greater protection of wild pollinators Europe has 13 million less honeybee colonies than would be needed to properly pollinate all its crops, research shows. Photograph: Judi Bottoni/AP Damian Carrington @dpcarrington, Wednesday […]

Varroa resistant bees

Varroa resistant bees (from: http://www.farmingfutures.org.uk/blog/great-step-forward-breeding-varroa-resistant-honeybees) The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has shown that it is possible to select honey bees with Varroa Sensitive Hygiene (VSH) behavior: these bees can detect reproducing Varroa in brood. As these VSH bees remove the infested brood, no Varroa offspring is produced. Selection has only been limited to […]