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- Last Updated: 23 April 2018 23 April 2018
Looking for Northern-raised queens or nucs? Supplies are limited but you might want to check with suppliers listed on our revamped Marketplace listings (on the top menu). We're rearranging things a bit to emphasize northern honeybee providers. We've also separated the listings so beekeeping equipment has its own listing.
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- Last Updated: 04 April 2018 04 April 2018
The BIP annual survey of honey bee losses is now live. If you have an interest in participating please click the link below.
- Last Updated: 03 April 2018 03 April 2018
You might expect to hear an angry buzzing when honeybees have been disturbed. But some apiarists reckon they can also deduce the condition of their bees from the sounds they make. A steady hum could be the sign of a contented hive; a change in tone might indicate that the bees are about to swarm. That intuition is about to be put to the test. Soon, beekeepers will be able to try to find out what is troubling a colony by listening to the buzz using a smartphone app.
- Last Updated: 29 March 2018 29 March 2018
Because developing varroa mites are sealed inside a capped brood cell with developing bee larvae, they are protected from miticides. Artificially forcing the colony to become broodless for a short period would eliminate those hiding places and could offer better mite control with a single miticide treatment.
- Last Updated: 27 March 2018 27 March 2018