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All About Nosema – pg2

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to the hypopharyngeal (brood food) glands of infected nurse bees (presumably as result of poor protein uptake in the gut) accelerates behavioural development in the bees leading to premature ageing (I know how they feel!) which can shorten a bee’s lifespan by 50% or more. The ventriculus (or mid-gut), which is normally brown, can become […]

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All About Nosema

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Pam Gregory, MSc, NDB An in-depth account of this unpleasant disease NOSEMA IS a disease that affects adult honey bees. It substantially reduces a bee’s life span by infecting the midgut and preventing proper food digestion. There are two forms of the pathogen; Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae. They are both highly specialised, single-celled parasites […]

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The Beginner Beekeeper – pg2

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beekeeping knowledge that the beginner has accumulated, at the level of manipulating the colony it is important that the beginner, and all beekeepers for that matter, should keep it simple. Only properly evaluated practices should be used and this usually means practices that have stood up to the rigours of a proper review process. It […]

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The Beginner Beekeeper

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John McMullan Thoughts on the perennial problem of how to nurture beginners and encourage them to continue with their bees CURRENTLY THERE is a huge interest in beekeeping throughout Europe. Many beekeeping groups and associations are working to meet this demand. However, much of this work will be in vain if the European experience mirrors […]

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September Scene – pg3

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swears by the maggots. You could always go into bait production instead of honey! Uniting Colonies At this time of the year we are continuing to make the preparations for our colonies to overwinter. Last month we considered combining weak colonies and this involves moving them so that they are next to each other – […]

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September Scene – pg2

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keeps its cells clean and reduces the build-up of disease organisms as well as avoiding excessive pupal skins. When an adult bee emerges from the cell, it leaves behind its pupal sac which is not removed by house bees. They clean out the inside ready for a new egg but after several rounds of brood, […]

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September Scene

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Bridget Beattie, PhD, NDB Guidance for beginners: bees are still foraging and combs must be protected from wax moths SEPTEMBER CAN be a golden month in so many ways. Autumn is here and that wonderful poem of John Keats comes to mind. Most of us remember the first line of Ode to Autumn: ‘Season of mists […]

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Bees, Beekeeping and Honey Queens in Rhode Island – pg3

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The final talk I attended was presented by Maryann and Jim Frazier, both professors at Penn State University on ‘Honey Bees and Pesticides’. This is a topic I’ve heard Maryann speak about at previous EAS conferences. As the title suggests, she works with other members of the university departments on the impacts of pesticides and miticides […]

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Bees, Beekeeping and Honey Queens in Rhode Island – pg2

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year starts and the days start to get longer again, queen egg laying resumes and the brood nest temperature must be maintained at 90 °F (35 °C). The bees raise the temperature by vibrating their wing muscles although the wings themselves are disconnected from the muscles. Care is needed at this time to watch that […]

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Bees, Beekeeping and Honey Queens in Rhode Island

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This year’s Eastern Apicultural Society meeting was held in the northern state of Rhode Island Resumé This is an e-mail from Mike, a busy international executive who usually manages to take a few days holiday each year to attend the Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) meeting, to Rob, his nephew. Rob is always interested in his […]

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