Demonstration meeting on how to identify Nosema

Nosema identification on Saturday, 4th April, sponsored by BDI,  was very enjoyable although the turnout was a little disappointing.  Those present brought their own bees and were able to do a Nosema diagnosis – all proved to be negative.  As the bees were not flying particularly well some fun and games was had taking the required sample of 30 bees per colony.
Dale demonstrated an Acarine dissection and Julie demonstrated how to mount some pollen from the legs of one of the bees.
An interesting discussion about the different types of microscope was enjoyed by all with one member following up to buy his own in the near future.  The branch has several  microscopes that can be borrowed by members, please contact Julie if you would like to do so.