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New book: The Asian Hornet

The Asian Hornet (Vespa velutina) by Prof Stephen John Martin has just been published by IBRA.

It’s a fascinating and highly readable account of the arrival, life cycle and control methods of the latest scourge of honey bees in western Europe.

Beekeepers will of course wonder if there might be a natural predator of the Asian hornet that already exists in Europe or might be introduced to combat the pest. I’m afraid it seems to be down to us – humans! Even in its native habitat, hornets have precious few predators. Their size, numbers and of course stings see off most of their potential enemies. Even bears aren’t that interested.

At just more than 100 pages, with lots of photographs and diagrams, every beekeeper will probably enjoy this book – in a reluctant sort of way!

 

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Vita celebrates 20 years at Apimondia

Vita is celebrating its twentieth birthday in style at Apimondia 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey.

The global impact of Vita’s contribution to the health of honey bees was indicated by the countries of the different distributors present: Albania, Argentina, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Greece, Iran, Ireland, Kenya, Libya, Lithuania, Netherlands, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Tunisia, Turkey and the UK.

Max Watkins and Jeremy Owen entertained the gathering with tales from Vita’s past and introduced the new name – Vita Bee Health – and the new logo.

Korpa in Iran presented Vita with a stunning 24-carat gold version of the new logo. On behalf of Vita staff, Sebastian Owen presented Jeremy and Max, Vita’s founders, with engraved Dartington Crystal glass carafes to commemorate the pair’s commitment and endeavour over the 20 years.

And of course there was lots of useful discussion amongst the distributors, friends, colleagues and special guest, President of Apimondia, Philip McCabe.

And then of course, it’s down to work at the new stand:

 

Free Asian hornet infographic

Asian hornet infographic

Asian hornet infographic – go to Vita Gallery to download

Vita Bee Health has released an infographic about the Asian hornet – it’s free to download from the Vita Gallery.

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/beehealth/gallery

Go to the Vita Gallery to download the Asian Hornet Infographic

The Road to Registration

Have you ever considered what goes into the development and registration of a Vita product for honey bees? It’s probably a lot more than you ever realised.

Courtesy of Bee Craft, Britain’s top-selling beekeeping magazine, here’s an article by Sebastian Owen of Vita telling of some of the trials and tribulations of attempting to have a product authorised. It’s all worth while though as purchasers can be assured of a safe, quality product that has been proven to work.

Read Sebastian’s article here.

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