A selection of videos from Vita and others on You Tube highlighting symptoms of disease plus a few extras on general beekeeping that we have enjoyed. We will be adding to this video gallery as we capture some good beekeeping moments ourselves and find a few gems from others.
One of the older videos mention treatments that are no longer legal in some countries, so please beware! We have included it only because it shows the symptoms of disease well.
Use the drop-down menu below to see the different categories.
Vita (Europe) videos – showing how easy it is to use the different Vita products and other company videos.
Honeybee diseases – some useful videos from various sources across the world
General – a variety of interesting videos on bees and beekeeping across the world.
All the non-Vita videos have been credited and we are grateful to those who have made them available on YouTube.
General - Various Sources
Tom Seeley lecture on Honeybee Democracy
Tom Seeley, author of ‘Honeybee Democracy,’ and professor of neurobiology and behavior, reviews the history of behavioral studies of foraging honeybees at Cornell university explains how swarming honeybees choose a new home.
Date: November 17, 2011
Source: Cornell University
The Waggle Dance
How can honeybees communicate the locations of new food sources? Austrian biologist, Karl Von Frisch, devised an experiment to find out. Here is a brilliantly clear presentation of the Waggle Dance.
Source: MARS lab at Georgia Tech
Do not try this at home!
Source: John Downer Productions and the BBC
Date: 2011 Duraion: 3:19
Can you spot the queen?
A short video for new beekeepers wanting to practise spotting a queen in a colony. It’s quite easy because the colony is very small. the queen is clipped so that she will not fly off with a swarm as this may cause difficulties in this area. Eventually the Queen finds her way into the dark of the brood box to continue her egg-laying.
Honeybee Diseases - Various Sources
Life Cycle of the Honeybee and Varroa Mite
Jeff Harris with the USDA-ARS narrates.
Varroa Mite History, Distribution, and Biology
Source: Jamie Ellis from the University of Florida
Chalkbrood, sacbrood, moths and tracheal mites
Special note: this video was made in 1993; some treatments mentioned (eg PDB crystals) are not permitted in some countries.
Source: the University of Georgia Centre for Continuing Education
European and American Foulbrood in Honey Bee Colonies
Jamie Ellis from the University of Florida discusses American and European foulbrood.
Jamie Ellis from the University of Florida describes the symptoms of nosema disease in honey bee colonies. This is a segment from a more detailed video about nosema which can be viewed at the University of Florida extension website http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/afbee/resources/Nosema.shtml
Vita (Europe) Ltd videos
Vita hangout on the Honeybee bite
Vita’s first Google+ hangout with international participants talking about the secrets of the honeybee bite.
Date: Nov 2012
Duration: 34 mins
About Vita (Europe) Ltd
Dr Max Watkins of Vita Europe Ltd gives a brief introduction to the company.
How to use Vita Feed Gold
How to use Vita Feed Gold to help stimulate colony growth and reduce the number of Nosema spores in colonies.
The secrets of the honeybee bite
A short clip showing A honeybee attacking a wax moth larva. The bee is actually biting (not stinging) the moth larva and stunning it with an anaesthtic – 2Heptanone. This newly discovered defence weapon of the honeybee has just been discovered by Vita researchers.
Full story: www.vita-europe.com/beehealth/secrets-of-the-honeybee-bite-revealed