Blog – bees, beekeeping & other sticky subjects
Hill-topping is a mating strategy used by many insects. Could it apply to honeybees? This is an update on the Bee Craft article on Drone Congregation Areas just published.
This week Vita begins lab tests in Greece for a new treatment for Nosema ceranae, the second greatest threat to honeybees after Varroa in some countries.
There is more than one Queen Bee on the Downton Abbey estate.
This week Small Hive Beetle has been found again in southern Italy. It’s a great disappointment that the action taken last year has not been fully effective.
It’s autumn and here in southern England it’s been quite a year for wasps. ApiShield is providing a very useful tool to stop wasps bothering the bees.
Since the end of June, I’ve been pondering the factors that might describe a Drone Congregation Area (DCA), those mysterious locations where honeybee queens meet up with drones to mate.
PMS: Parasitic Mite Syndrome. Not a pretty sight and a sure sign that the Varroa population must be controlled immediately if the colony is to have any chance of surviving.
Turlough has gone in search of the first recorded Drone Congregation Area on Selborne Common. Gilbert White reported it in the 18th century. Is it still there?
I bet the village footballers don’t know, but they play underneath a Drone Congregation Area, those secretive places that honeybee queens and drones meet to mate.
Could there be a connection between the location of Drone Congregation Areas and prehistoric monuments? Vita’s Blogger has found another above an ancient earthwork.