Just found this short video on another site and thought it worth posting here. It beautifully shows; 1. how docile and non-aggressive a swarm is, 2. how bees tend to walk uphill when they are swarming and how this can be used to hive them, and 3. the queen walking along with the rest of… Continue reading An Easy Swarm Catch
You may have seen the latest horror show headlines that the media is jumping on. Just got the following e-mail from Paul van Westendorp, our provincial apiarist to put things into perspective: "The confirmation of the phorid fly in a beehive on Vancouver Island is nothing more than an academic curiosity. It doesn’t pose a… Continue reading Zombie (zombee??) Bees.
An interesting article and further links on the proteomic (that's protein based) honey bee research that's going on at Dr. Leonard Foster's lab at UBC. http://www.ubc.ca/stories/todays-assignment/breeding-a-sweet-solution.html
An excellent article to help with "mysterious" colony deaths; http://www.michiganbees.org/2016/why-did-my-honey-bees-die/
I'm not familiar with "Dippin' Dots", must be an American ice cream treat?? But this is a very interesting article; http://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/08/honey-bee-sperm-bank-research-fargo
With the growing bacterial resistance to antibiotics, Manuka honey from New Zealand and Australia is finding unique uses in medicine. These two videos show the production and uses of manuka, as well as some of the problems faced by the beekeepers; http://www.abc.net.au/landline/content/2015/s4193258.htm http://www.abc.net.au/landline/content/2015/s4401734.htm
Some incredibly detailed macro photos of native bees; http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/12/bee-portraits-sam-droege/
Beekeeper Yann has e-mailed me with information about an upcoming apitherapy conference that will be held in Nelson February 18 - 22. I have attached the conference overview and schedule below for anyone who may be interested; Nelson Apitherapy Conference Welcome Nelson Apitherapy Conference Schedule