Blog – bees, beekeeping & other sticky subjects
Looking for a Zoom speaker?
Vita Bee Health is working as much as ever during the lockdown despite the pandemic travel restrictions. And you can still have a Vita speaker present to your group – via Zoom of course, and free of charge.
Sebastian Owen of Vita has been giving very well-received talks recently – even in the Caribbean, virtually of course.
Vita at the virtual 2020 National Honey Show
Drone congregation areas revisited – podcast
Vita’s blogger has had a long time interest in drone congregation areas (DCAs) and has reported some of his thoughts and findings on this blog.
A new podcast series, Living Beeing, asked to interview with him, so he invited them along to Selborne Common, in Hampshire, England, to the location of the first documented evidence of a DCA by the Rev Gilbert White, the pioneering 18th century naturalist.
It was a perfect afternoon, just one day before the 300th anniversary of the Rev White’s birth. Perhaps the drones realised that and put on a stunning performance — even before a queen pheromone lure was hoisted — buzzing loudly at the same spot that White had reported his mysterious finding in 1792, in the last year of his life. He never knew what the sound was — but we do now.
The podcast is here.
And some videos of DCAs are here.
Pollen varies in quality
Brick red is horse chestnut.
Blue is phacelia (grown for game birds).
That’s quite a selection, but all pollen isn’t of the same quality. And it does deteriorate over time.
But whatever the season there is sustenance for bees from Vita:
World’s video wiki features Vita
The world’s video wiki, Wiki.ezvid.com, has featured Vita Bee Health’s contribution to honey bee health and conservation.
Its special video page contains lots of interesting bee facts, a TedX video talk by Elaine Evans and an anaylsis of how a bee becomes a queen.
And did you know there is a group of Moray Beekeeping Dinosaurs? Follow the link to find out …