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For your Bookshelf – May 2011

Honeybee Democracy

Looking for something to read on beekeeping? You might like to try these Full Article: For your Bookshelf – May 2011

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Bees in the Living Room! Part 2 – May 2011

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WE LAST manipulated the hive ‘outdoors’ in May 2008, leaving a queen cell to hatch in June. The resulting queen, raised in such a tiny colony, is unlikely to be of high quality, but that may be an advantage in keeping the colony small. Unfortunately, without another outdoor manipulation, she is unmarked. Full Article: Bees in […]

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Pacific Queens in Chile – May 2011

Colourful cell-builder colonies

ON THE THIRD day of a beekeeping tour of Chile organised by Bees Abroad, 14 intrepid travellers arrived at a large queen rearing operation, Pacific Queens, at Colmenares Tía Lola, in Limache, at 33 degrees South latitude, north of Chile’s capital, Santiago. Full Article: Pacific Queens in Chile – May 2011

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Luke: Lincolnshire’s 2011 Leslie Thorne Award Winner – May 2011

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LUKE CROSON (17), a pupil at the King’s School, Grantham, is the 2011 winner of the Lincolnshire Beekeepers’ Association’s (LBKA) Leslie Thorne Award. Full Article: Luke- Lincolnshire’s 2011 Leslie Thorne Award Winner – May 2011

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The Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme: Part 2 – May 2011

If you suspect pesticides poisoning, contact the National Bee Unit

FOLLOWING THE field investigation, disease screening, pollen analysis and the analysis of residues, all of the evidence is assessed firstly to see if pesticide use was responsible for the death of the bees. In some cases there will be no evidence of residues and the cause of death will remain unknown. Often residues will be […]

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Bee Health and Pesticides – May 2011

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ON MONDAY 4 April, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Science and Technology in Agriculture held an open meeting in Portcullis House, Westminster. Full Article: Bee Health and Pesticides – May 2011

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Taking Better Photographs: Part 1 – May 2011

Your subject needs to be in focus and capture the attention of the viewer

OVER THE past few years, I have noticed a striking improvement in the quality of photographs being submitted to Bee Craft. This is extremely encouraging as those seeking to follow in the footsteps of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ansel Adams or Frans Lanting become more critical of their efforts and try out new techniques. Full Article: Taking Better […]

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The Fumblings of a Novice Beekeeper: Part 2: The Swarm – May 2011

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I WAS 63 and had kept bees for ten months, three weeks, four days and a few hours when my well-fed babies decided to leave home Full Article: The Fumblings of a Novice Beekeeper Part 2 The Swarm – May 2011

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May Madness – May 2011

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MAY IS always a mad month for me because not only is there a lot to do in the apiary but the garden needs so much attention too and it seems that all the jobs need doing all at once. No matter how prepared I think I am, this is the month when I wish […]

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House Hunting by Honey Bees – May 2011

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IN THE late spring and early summer, when a honey bee colony becomes overcrowded in its hive, it will cast a swarm. When this happens, about one third of the worker bees stay at home and rear a new queen, thereby perpetuating the mother colony, while the other two-thirds of the workforce – a crowd […]

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