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EVER SINCE learning about the dance of the honey bees long, long ago at school, I have been fascinated by them. Marrying a farmer, I inherited a big garden teeming with nectar and pollen and when the family had flown, I ventured into beekeeping.
The apiary was officially opened by Bill Turnbull from BBC Breakfast. Paul Cleaver, Chairman of the Association, welcomed everybody and gave particular thanks to Bob, Andrew and Eddie. He also thanked Celia Perry, an Association member who is a solicitor and was able to give considerable help and advice, particularly in the early days.
WHAT YOU will find is not a teddy bear’s picnic but a very splendid apiary that has been planned and brought to fruition by the Reigate Beekeepers’ Association in Newdigate, a few miles south of Dorking in Surrey. I was privileged to be invited to the official opening by Bill Turnbull on 25 June.
As a general rule, the Vespula species, ie, Common, German and Red Wasps nest underground or in dark cavities; Vespa crabro European Hornets prefer nesting in hollow trees whilst the Dolichovespula species, ie, Tree, Norwegian and Median Wasps, nest in trees and bushes with nests hanging from branches. Sometimes wasps will set up home in […]
HONEY BEES and wasps are members of the insect group Hymenoptera, which encompasses bees, wasps and ants. This family includes most of the aculeate insects (insects that sting) with wasps and bees having a common wasp ancestor. Wasps feed their young on meat, ie, insect larvae, scraps of carrion, etc, and thus have an important […]
This is where good apiary hygiene comes in. Never spill syrup or honey without cleaning it up or it will attract all and sundry, including bees from colonies you may not know about, bringing with them the potential to pass on disease – and possibly more mites.
Understanding the dynamics of the population is the key to understanding what to do this month about that pesky mite, varroa. Remember that it breeds on honey bee brood, emerging with multiple offspring when adult bees leave their cells, so unfortunately varroa mites raise a lot more offspring in a season than honey bees and […]
LAST MONTH we saw how honey bees collect nectar in the summer months in order to store food for the winter when the weather is too cold to leave the hive and flowers are scarce.
I have great sympathy with the broad thrust of what Dorian is saying. I, too, am dismayed by the tendency to import bees of all types regardless of their suitability for our UK circumstances.