New Scientist is reporting today on some recent research undertaken in Australia on the way that honeybees can ‘drift’ from one hive to another – Migrant honeybees article. Any experienced and/or competent beekeeper could probably have provided similar information but the article is still an interesting one, with quite a lot of detail on what was found in the colonies there.
It’s got suddenly quite cold over this 10 days and I’m concerned about how my bees may be coping in early winter. Do you have any recommendations for this time of year?
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For anyone who has not yet returned their completed membership form to Roger, the form can be downloaded here – whb-renewal-16-17
Membership runs from 1st October so please do return the form as soon as you can, so that we can be sure of our numbers for the coming year. For any of our new people who want to take part in branch activities and join in even though they haven’t got their own bees yet, please sign up under the ‘Friend’ category. The same would apply to any colleagues giving up their hives and moving away from active beekeeping.
This blog post offers some very interesting insights and ideas from France, about working to keep honeybee colonies safe in the presence of Asian Hornets.
Not good news and we need to keep an eye out in our own area with great vigilance – https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/20/threat-honeybees-asian-hornet-arrival-uk-confirmed-defra-invasive-species
The picture below was taken by Lincolnshire beekeeper Simon Croson, yesterday. The range of colours is a wide one but the dominance of the purple/mauve pollen was probably down to a local field crop of Phacelia, he thinks. Such a beautiful mix of colours and bee nutrition evident in that photo.
Just a reminder that the branch will have a stall at this event, this coming Sunday, 12th June. We will be talking to interested members of the public about honeybees (and other bee species), selling honey, wax, candles, etc, and generally enjoying the event. We will be using our bright and cheerful yellow and black gazebo, so that’s what to look out for. Fingers crossed for good weather.