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HiveGate, a wasp-protection entrance with far-reaching benefits

A simple, low-cost adjustment to any honey bee hive entrance helps bees protect against wasps (yellow jackets), robber bees and other would-be intruders. By creating a tunnel from the entrance of the hive to beneath the cluster, HiveGate not only confuses intruders, it also seems to help bees to regulate the temperature and humidity of their nest much more precisely, thereby potentially boosting their health and productivity.

Wasp being attacked at HiveGate entrance protecting colony

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Photo competition winners 2021

This year’s overall winner of the Vita Bee Health international photographic competition is Vincent Hakzimana of Rwanda for his photograph of a hand-held swarm showing pollen glistening from the pollen baskets of the bees.

Photo by Vincent Hakzimana of Rwanda



Featured photographers – in calendar month order – are:

Jan  Ainars Millers

Feb  Grace Madden

Mar  Lewis Turner

Apr  Holli Kircher

May  Richard Cherry

Jun  Peter Jones

Jul  Dave Charnley

Aug  Grace Madden

Sep  Karen Rennie

Oct   Ainars Millers

Nov  Vincent Hakzimana

Dec  Simon White

Sebastian Owen, commercial director of Vita Bee Health, said, “As ever, the photo competition has highlighted the diversity of beekeeping across the world. The 2022 calendar shows that clearly as Vita prepare to celebrate its 25th anniversary researching, developing and producing products to help beekeepers across the world keep their honey bees healthy and productive. 

“We warmly thank everyone who entered and the judging panel. Please feel free to download the pdf of the calendar.”

Winners will shortly be receiving the beautifully printed limited-edition desk calendars.

High-resolution pdf 2022 Vita Bee Health calendar

Tenth anniversary photo and calendar competition

Vita Bee Health is calling for entries to its international photo competition, now celebrating its tenth year. Winning entries appear in the sought-after limited-edition calendar, which is sent to the Vita distribution network across the world. The closing date is 24 October 2021.

Photo: Lewis Turner

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Vita Bee Health 2021 calendar and winners

Bee bringing back pollen. Photo: Lewis Turner

The overall winner of the 2020 Vita Bee Health international photographic competition is Lewis Turner of Suffolk, UK, for his stunning, head-on eyeline shot of an approaching honey bee.

Featured photographers – in calendar month order – are:

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Moving Apiguard production in times of coronavirus

Apiguard, the UK’s most popular varroa control treatment, is back in full production despite lockdown restrictions when manufacturing of the gel was moved to Northern Italy earlier this year.

When Vita Bee Health decided to begin producing Apiguard, its near-natural varroa-control treatment, in Italy, the company knew that logistical challenges were inevitable and had therefore stockpiled several month’s reserves to ensure that the supply chain would not be disrupted. Then came covid-19 and lockdowns, first in the new production centre in Northern Italy and then at headquarters in the UK. This presented a novel set of experiences, but customers knew nothing of the dramatic behind-the-scenes activity.

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