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October Observations (2011) -Pg 2

The Winter Cluster
The outside temperature is dropping with the waning of the year. Honey bees have evolved to deal with cold in their usual cooperative
manner. At around 18 °C
they begin to huddle
together for warmth.

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October Observations (2011)

BY THIS month we should have made all the
preparations possible to
ensure that our colonies
survive the winter in order
to begin the cycle of
development all over
again in spring.

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The Respiratory System 2

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The Respiratory System

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Bee-line for Australia 2

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Bee-line for Australia

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The European Reference Laboratory for Honey Bee Health – Part 1

Mike Brown and Gay Marris, PhD, National Bee Unit (NBU) The Sophia-Antipolis Laboratory of ANSES takes on this important role BEEKEEPING IS practised throughout the European Union (EU), both at the amateur and the professional level. There are estimated to be 700,000 beekeepers in the EU, the vast majority of whom (97%) are non-professional (EU, […]

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Beautiful Beeswax Candles

Claire Waring We look at dealing with beeswax and using it to make candles ALTHOUGH MOST people think beekeepers do it for the honey, there are other hive by-products that can be used. One of the major ones is beeswax, the main source of which, particularly for a beginner, will be the cell cappings, removed […]

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All About Acarine (Acarapis woodi (Rennie))

Pam Gregory, MSc, NDB This mite lives in the respiratory system of adult bees AFTER THE long drawn out and complicated diseases investigated in earlier articles, acarine is a mercifully straightforward one. The tautologically named acarine mite (or tracheal mite in the United States) is, as its more precise American name suggests, a mite parasitic […]

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Honey Bee Temper: Those Other Variables

John Mitchell Observations on bee temper from 25 years ago FOR MANY years I have been fascinated by talk of good-tempered and bad-tempered bees. In my early days of beekeeping, I labelled all of my colonies in either category. However, in the course of a season, I could well reverse my opinion. What I had […]

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