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The revised and updated 3rd edition of the hugely popular ‘Honey Bee Inside Out’ by Celia Davis is on schedule to be available at BeeTradex.  If you don’t know this book, it provides detailed information on the anatomy and physiology of the honey bee. It’s companion book ‘Honey Bee Around and About’ was updated last year and both of these publications are on the BBKA reading list in relation to all Modules of the BBKA examination structure.  They represent a great deal if purchased together - free U.K. P&P on our website and advance  orders can be placed.

Back to your bees.  Did you insert varroa trays a couple of weeks ago?  How was the varroa drop?

You can check guidelines on numbers on page 34 of the  National Bee Unit excellent PDF publication called ‘Managing Varroa’. While the information starts in April, it is a good reference point for you. This is a long document and well worth reading in full for a greater understanding of this pest, it’s breeding pattern, and how/when  to treat. The more you know about an enemy, the better your understanding and ability to deal with it.   There are numerous ways of approaching varroa control and you will be able to select the one that you prefer.

Don’t forget that your colonies are independent of each other and while one colony in an apiary may have a high number of varroa, another may not.   So review them separately and only treat if necessary.

The revised and updated 3rd edition of the hugely popular ‘Honey Bee Inside Out’ by Celia Davis is on schedule to be available at BeeTradex.  If you don’t know this book, it provides detailed information on the anatomy and physiology of the honey bee. It’s companion book ‘Honey Bee Around and About’ was updated last year and both of these publications are on the BBKA reading list in relation to all Modules of the BBKA examination structure.  They represent a great deal if purchased together - free U.K. P&P on our website and advance  orders can be placed.

Back to your bees.  Did you insert varroa trays a couple of weeks ago?  How was the varroa drop?

You can check guidelines on numbers on page 34 of the  National Bee Unit excellent PDF publication called ‘Managing Varroa’. While the information starts in April, it is a good reference point for you. This is a long document and well worth reading in full for a greater understanding of this pest, it’s breeding pattern, and how/when  to treat. The more you know about an enemy, the better your understanding and ability to deal with it.   There are numerous ways of approaching varroa control and you will be able to select the one that you prefer.

Don’t forget that your colonies are independent of each other and while one colony in an apiary may have a high number of varroa, another may not.   So review them separately and only treat if necessary.

 

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