Author Archives: Stephen Fleming

  • Spot the queenless colony

    First inspection of the year. But one colony was queenless. Which one?

  • It was going to happen one day

    I knew it was going to happen one day – and that day came last night after more than twenty years.

  • Turlough’s confession time

    Vita’s blogger is rather ashamed at what he didn’t do to his observation hive last autumn. Here’s what has happened.

  • Buzzing at Bee Tradex

    Top topics at Vita’s stand at Bee Tradex 2017 were the Bee Gym, the Asian hornet trap and new Healthy Bees Flip Cards.

  • VitaFeed Nutri boosts honey bee health and production

    VitaFeed Nutri Label ExcerptA new feed for honey bees from honey bee health specialist Vita (Europe) Ltd will help boost colony health and increase honey production. VitaFeed Nutri is a rigorously tested, GMO-free nutritional supplement that can be used at almost any time of year to promote controlled colony growth.

    Packed with easily digestible proteins, VitaFeed Nutri can make up for nutritional deficiencies in honey bees’ diet, thereby stimulating egg-laying, extending bees’ lifespans and ultimately increasing honey production.

    Dr Max Watkins, technical director of Vita (Europe), explained “Honey bees need protein, but not all pollen has the same protein content. VitaFeed Nutri ensures that bees have sufficient protein to enable healthier colony development and thereby increased honey production. The year-round suitability and simplicity of applying the feed in syrup make it an ideal product for any beekeeper wanting to keep healthier and more productive bees.”

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  • Bee Gym varroa grooming aid

    A New Year resolution for bees – use the Gym!

    Bee Gym helps bees control their number-one enemy, the varroa mite

    BeeGymBeekeepers can help their bees control their greatest enemy, the varroa mite, by giving them a Bee Gym, supplied by honey bee health specialists Vita (Europe) Ltd.

    The Bee Gym provides a low-cost, chemical-free and sustainable way of helping honeybees groom themselves to get rid of varroa mites.

    The Bee Gym is a simple device that is placed inside any hive to encourage bees to groom varroa mites off their bodies. It has wires, flippers and scrapers on its small (11 cm by 11 cm) plastic frame that bees voluntarily rub their backs and abdomens against to groom themselves of varroa mites. The mites then fall through a normal varroa mesh floor onto a sticky insert or to the ground from where the varroa mites cannot jump back into the hive. The sticky insert should be regularly refreshed and the Gym should regularly be cleaned with washing soda.

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  • Social Media Calendar Winners

    Here are the ten Social Media winners of the limited edition Vita 2017 Calendar.

  • Free Asian Hornet Infographic

    Asian hornet infographic

    Asian hornet infographic – go to Vita Gallery to download

    The latest threat to honeybees, the Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) is the focus of the latest in series of free and downloadable infographics from Vita (Europe) Ltd.

    This third infographic from Vita gives at-a-glance information about the Asian hornet, a growing threat as it expands across western Europe.

    Sebastian Owen of Vita (Europe) Ltd said, “The aim of the infographic is to inform beekeepers about the Asian hornet’s life cycle, what to look out for and how to help honey bees defend against it. It’s a free resource for beekeepers and others to download and disseminate.”

    Previous Vita infographics have focused on swarming and varroa. These can also be downloaded for free from the Vita gallery which also has lots of other useful images, videos and tips. See www.vita-europe.com/gallery

    Go to the Vita Gallery to download the Asian Hornet Infographic

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  • Following the Wild Bees

    Richard Rickitt reviews Thomas Seeley’s fascinating new book about how to find feral honey bee colonies.