Cold hives, hot swaps, swarm !

It was May 1st; I never seem to get round to writing these things up when they happen. The weather had been very unusual, we’d  had a warm winter, right through to early Feb and then cold and miserable right… (READ MORE)

Inspection, Problems, Swarms

Bees’ supreme obstacle avoidance to make for smarter drones

http://www.gizmag.com/bee-obstacle-avoidance-drones/42675/ Dense forests crowded with branches and leaves provide quite the obstacle course for fast-moving insects. How they are able to identify gaps to move through seems to defy their small brains and low resolution eyesight. Researchers at Sweden’s Lund… (READ MORE)

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Exposure to even low levels of herbicides hinders bees’ ability to forage from common wild flowers – NaturalNews.com

http://www.naturalnews.com/053562_bee_colonies_population_decline_herbicides.html# “Our results suggest that current levels of pesticide exposure could be significantly affecting how bees are interacting with wild plants, and impairing the crucial pollination services they provide that support healthy ecosystem function,” he said. In other words, if… (READ MORE)

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Study suggests commercial bumble bee industry amplified a fungal pathogen of bees | EurekAlert! Science News

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/uoia-ssc033016.php Their study, reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that N. bombi was present in the U.S. as early as 1980, well before several species of wild bumble bees started to go missing across the… (READ MORE)

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New research into virus transmissions between honey bees – agprofessional.com

http://www.agprofessional.com/news/new-research-virus-transmissions-between-honey-bees Interspecific transfers of viruses between the western honey bee (Apis mellifera) and the eastern honey bee (Apis cerana) are rare, even if honey bees are kept in close proximity, new research reveals. Elevated global losses of managed western honey… (READ MORE)

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Starvation as babies makes bees stronger as adults | EurekAlert! Science News

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-03/asu-sab032916.php In two new studies, researchers from Arizona State University’s School of Life Sciences have discovered that the stress of short-term nutritional deprivation as larvae (baby bees) actually makes honey bees more resilient to starvation as adults.

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Scientists make new discovery about how bees feed, giving rise to new concerns about pesticides (From Herald Scotland)

Penelope Whitehorn, co-author of the study said: “Because neonicotinoids are neurotoxins and bees’ feeding is very complex, involving lots of different neurological mechanisms, I think it will undoubtedly be affected in some way by exposure to these pesticides.” ttp://m.heraldscotland.com/news/14386848.Scientists_make_new_discovery_about_how_bees_feed__giving_rise_to_new_concerns_about_pesticides/?ref=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ScottishNewsHeraldScotland+%28Scottish+News+%7C+Herald+Scotland%29

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How bees give a heads-up when danger is near – CSMonitor.com

A team of researchers from California and China discovered that bees give detailed head butts to their neighbors when wasps are close, the first communication system of its kind among insects. Http://m.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0327/How-bees-give-a-heads-up-when-danger-is-near

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Preparing and cleaning mini-nucs

A couple of years ago I bought some polystyrene mini nucs. Over the last couple of years they have seen some good use; raising a good number of queens, for loss replacement, expansion and swapping mean queens out to improve… (READ MORE)

DIY, Problems, Queen rearing