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MBBKA New Beekeepers Training Session Cancelled 25th May

May 25, 2016

Due to the adverse weather we have cancelled the New Beekeepers Training Session at the Association Apiary this evening 25th May

Wasp does dissection

August 18, 2015

Yesterday we sat and watched this wasp dissect a dead honeybee.

The body part arrangement is how the wasp laid them out.

It first removed all 4 wings and then the legs, it proceeded to remove the abdomen by cutting the petiole, followed by the head.

At each stage it took time to eat any sweetness, e.g. nectar from the honey crop.

It spent a long time chewing at the thorax and finally flew off with it!

MAQs Useage

August 16, 2015

Based upon some of the comments from the last post I thought I would post the attached European Field Guide.

One of our members contacted the distributor earlier this year and they provided the guide.

In addition the rules I use when applying MAQs are:

– Two strips only if bees on more than 7 frames brood and ideally on all frames within the brood box

– Apply one strip if 5-7 frames of brood and not at all if less

– If using only one strip place across the rear of the of the brood box (I am warm way) with the long edge of strip adjacent to last frame of brood

– Put varroa boards in, remove entrance blocks, (I have entrance blocks in year round)

– This week’s weather is ideal, cloudy and 19-21°C

My only fear this year is that there are a lot of wasps around and no entrance blocks could mean robbing, just hoping wasps hate Formic Acid as much as bees do…

This morning the colony photo’ed yesterday is all back within the hive.

MAQS european_field_guide_09 23 14.pdf

Honeybess reaction to MAQs

August 15, 2015

This strong hive had two MAQs strips applied 30 minutes earlier.

Bees Partying on the Slopes

April 8, 2015

The image shows an Apres Ski party going on in France at 2,500m above sea level. There are several hundred people dancing away to a live DJ.

Note the hives top left and bottom right, one it was shock to see them so high in the mountains and two I would have thought the beat of the music would not make for friendly bees…..