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Small Hive Beetle returns

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.

Wasps beware, ApiShield is here

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.

In search of a Drone Congregation Area SatNav

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.

A tale of two colonies

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.

Drone Goal?

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.

Do drones assemble above prehistoric sites?

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.

Video of life in a Drone Congregation Area

Here’s a video of life in a Drone Congregation Area. This was my third outing to find a drone assembly and to my amazement, this third find is the best yet.

Another Drone Congregation Area! Part 3

After the success of finding my first Drone Congregation Area, I thought I’d try my luck again to find one of these secret areas, but where to look?

Drone Congregation Areas – Part 2

Three days after my first apparent discovery of a Drone Congregation Area, a fellow beekeeper and I set out to confirm what I’d seen. And we were impressed!

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