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For Your Bookshelf – pg2


Hannah and the Honey Bees Alison Simms, illustrated by Terry Gable Many books about bees and beekeeping written for children look at these fascinating insects from the outside. Hannah and the Honey Bees is different in that here we see a child’s eye view of the inside of a colony. Eight-year-old Hannah starts to help […]

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For Your Bookshelf


Another selection of new books for your interest and education Better Bee Keeping Kim Flottum Kim Flottum has already written about beekeeping for beginners and beekeeping for harvesting the various products of a beehive (see Bee Craft, August 2011, page 40). He has now written Better Beekeeping for those who are serious about their beekeeping […]

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Making a Hive Stand


Nigel Fleming A design of beehive stand to improve the keeping of bees in today’s climate and to help with varroa control, not forgetting the beekeeper’s back! I have been giving a lot of thought to the design of a stand suitable for most modern beehives and which would be easy for the average DIY […]

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All About Nosema – pg4


with 80% acetic acid which kills both nosema spores and EFB bacteria and no doubt some of the fungal pathogens too. Stack supers, sealed as tightly as possible, with an acetic acid pad (22–30 cm2 with 150 ml of acid per super box) over every two supers and leave for a week to 10 days. […]

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All About Nosema – pg3


several forms but is most familiar as a round cyst. It passes round the colony in the same way as nosema. Not much is known about amoeba, but it is rare, has no outward symptoms and probably has little effect so, in practice, can currently be ignored. An affected colony can be transferred onto clean […]

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All About Nosema – pg2


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


An in-depth account of this unpleasant disease Pam Gregory, MSc, NDB 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


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


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


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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