Murder Hornets Are Another Thing We Have To Worry About

19-May-20 – YouTube

Bees have been thriving during lockdown, the UK's biggest bee farm has found

18-May-20 – CountryLiving

https://www.countryliving.com/uk/wildlife/countryside/a32568839/bees-thriving-lockdown/

EU to halve pesticides by 2030 to protect bees, biodiversity: draft

14-May-20 – Reuters

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-eu-pesticides/eu-to-halve-pesticides-by-2030-to-protect-bees-biodiversity-draft-idUKKBN22Q25N

The Rare, Skin-Healing “Super Honey” You’ve Never Heard Of

08-May-20 – Refinery29

https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/kanuka-honey-skin-benefits

Bug experts dismiss worry about US ‘murder hornets’ as hype

07-May-20 – AP News

https://apnews.com/c933cbc6963d8a99d7c894c89432dc10

The Bee Whisperers of Slovenia Have a Plan to Save Colonies From Climate Change

06-May-20 – Time

https://time.com/5815141/slovenia-bees-climate-change/

Alarm over deaths of bees from rapidly spreading viral disease

01-May-20 – The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/01/alarm-over-deaths-of-bees-from-rapidly-spreading-viral-disease

GENERAL:

 A Couple of recently published Papers:

 Honey bee virus causes context-dependent changes in host social behavior

https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/04/21/2002268117

 Interactions Between Thiamethoxam and Deformed Wing Virus Can Drastically Impair Flight ...

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmicb.2020.00766/pdf&ct=ga&cd=CAEYBioTNTA4MjM0MTg1MzI4MDIyNDIzNjIeMGIyZmFlNmMwZTcwYTFkZTpjby51azplbjpHQjpS&usg=AFQjCNF97Aig7NolsPcoSgeKX-o7EdswLw

 Virus-infected honey bees more likely to gain entrance to healthy hives

https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/808197?fbclid=IwAR3Ez5HIru9ULZxOr7zbV0fKn-QUqlzcXhyq6KPvfGeibcGJeKVAsNSI12E

LINKS to news items:

 Give your lawn a monthly ‘Mohican’ mow to boost wildlife, experts urge

01-May-20 – Express and Star

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2020/04/30/give-your-lawn-a-monthly-mohican-mow-to-boost-wildlife-experts-urge/

 Bees And Wildflowers Are Flourishing As Humans Stay Indoors Due To Coronavirus

30-Apr-20 – Secret Manchester

 New study reveals Scottish heather honey is a world-leading superfood set to ‘rival manuka’

28-Apr-20 – Scotsman

 Bees & Refugees Set to Cause a Buzz in Shepherd’s Bush.

28-Apr-20 – Local paper

https://www.shepherdsbushw12.com/#!pages/shared:common:hfbeesrefugees001

 Land-dwelling insects drop in population but freshwater bugs doing better

23-Apr-20 – Reuters

https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-science-insects/land-dwelling-insects-drop-in-population-but-freshwater-bugs-doing-better-idUKKCN2253FT

 Meet the refugees creating a buzz in the UK during the pandemic

23-Apr-20 – Positive.News

 Thinking outside the bee box

22-Apr-20 – OpenAccessGovernment.org

 Scientists produce wound dressings from manuka honey

21-Apr-20 – BioMarketInsights

 With bees on decline, mechanical pollination may be solution

20-Apr-20 – Reuters
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-earth-day-israel-machinepollination/with-bees-on-decline-mechanical-pollination-may-be-solution-idUKKBN22210C

First Asian Hornet queen of 2020 captured in Guernsey

16-Apr-20 – ITV

https://www.itv.com/news/channel/2020-04-16/first-asian-hornet-queen-of-2020-captured-in-guernsey/

 BBC presenter Bill Turnbull's garden could pass as a national park!

16-Apr-20 – Hello Magazine

https://www.hellomagazine.com/homes/2020041688099/bill-turnbull-photo-beautiful-garden/

 Lockdown cripples migratory beekeepers

14-Apr-20 – Kashmir Reader

 Wildflowers boom after cuts to verge mowing

09-Apr-20 – Ecologist

https://theecologist.org/2020/apr/09/wildflowers-boom-after-cuts-verge-mowing

 Police appeal after pensioner’s beehives destroyed in suspected arson attack

08-Apr-20 – ITV

https://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2020-04-08/police-appeal-after-pensioners-beehives-destroyed-in-suspected-arson-attack/

 Rare beetle rediscovered in Wales

07-Apr-20 – Countryfile

https://www.countryfile.com/news/rare-beetle-rediscovered-in-wales/

 Scientists' warning to humanity on insect extinctions

06-Apr-20 – Phys Org

https://phys.org/news/2020-04-scientists-humanity-insect-extinctions.html

 Thiacloprid use-up date announced

06-Apr-20 Horticulture Week

https://www.hortweek.com/thiacloprid-use-up-date-announced/ornamentals/article/1679401

 Efsa adds 150 substances to toxicity database

30-Mar-20 – Chemical Watch

https://chemicalwatch.com/103558/efsa-adds-150-substances-to-toxicity-database#overlay-strip

“Decisions about a box in swarming mode” - by Malcolm Wilkie

  1. Opening box. What order to examine the bees.
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  2. Stores.
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  3. Eggs. You need to be able to see eggs to read your colony correctly. Let the sun shine into the bottom of the frame to give you a chance of seeing them. If necessary use your reading glasses.
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  4. Drone larvae.
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  5. Eggs and a queen cup.
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  6. Larvae. Larger larvae to the left, smaller larvae to the right.
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  7. Queen cup and egg standing upright. Laid today!
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  8. A congested frame.
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  9. Play cup with an egg. Excuse my French!
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  10. Another congested frame.
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  11. The queen looking for places to lay.
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  12. Queen cups.
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  13. Have you hatched a plan?
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  14. Explanation of a frame. Sealed brood, arc of pollen, honey, larvae, Queen cups.
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  15. A pollen bank. Temperament of a nice colony.
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  16. Discussion of what to do.
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  17. Discovery of a charged queen cell. Notice small “c” shaped larva swimming on a pool of royal jelly.
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  18. The queen found and put in a clip. Notice the blue dot.
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  19. Chaos. Now the queen is in the queen clip all frames can be shaken and all queen cups/ queen cells destroyed.
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  20. The brood nest has been split with two pieces of foundation. The clean frame(marked 2019) can be easily seen. The other frame is three frames in from the front of the box. This was already in the hive at one end but has now been moved in order to split the brood nest and give the bees work to do drawing it out. I stress this can only be done with a really strong colony.
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  21. How to keep the bees busy in the supers.
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  22. Putting an empty super above the brood nest.
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  23. Frames full of nectar.
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  24. Checkerboarding. Trying to keep the bees busy and take their minds off swarming. Notice how Lesley manages to hold both hive tools in one hand. It is possible!
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 Malcolm Wilkie - 12th April 2020

Just a warning to everyone that we are experiencing a huge nectar flow. Temperatures have jumped, trees are in flower, the ground is still moist from all the winter rains and the bees are busy.

Brood nests are becoming nectar bound. The bees are trying to create extra space and building comb. Remember that bees can fill a super in two or three days if they are a big unit so you may need to go back, check them and add an extra super.

Helen Hadley, our honey queen, is running around like a madman. She has large Buckfast colonies and they are already congested. Look at the photos.

The bees have even started putting eggs into Queen cups.

That means that because the box has been congested they have decided that they had better build queen cells and swarm.

She is going to have a devils own job to put them off. Once bees start preparations for swarming it is difficult to make them change their minds.

I have been helping Morris McGowern with his bees. On Tuesday he had half a colony of bees. There was at least six frames of space. Today the box was completely full of bees and all the frames were full of nectar. We had to put on a super. Even I was surprised at the rapid growth of this colony. As I’ve said before the difference between a good beekeeper and a bad one can just be a matter of a few days. Go and check your colonies now! I hope you are in time.

Malcolm Wilkie - 9th April 2020