Archive For May, 2012

Bugfest

By | May 31, 2012

I mentioned last week we saw a Varroa mite in the Rua Tekau hive. Varroa is a parasitic mite that lives in beehives, and feeds on bee larvae. It can multiply quickly, killing large numbers of larvae, and cause the colony to collapse. It is so widespread in England that beekeepers perform varroa management, rather […]

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Honey flow

By | May 28, 2012

If you recall a few months ago, there was some great weather. Colonies quickly grew in size in the warm weather at the start of the season. But all of a sudden the weather vane dropped, and the large colonies were kept indoors due to cold, and rain. Good news as in the last week, […]

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Staveley Road Wildlife Area

By | May 20, 2012

Staveley Road is home to the Chiswick Horticultural Society. There’s a quite large allotment, with a thriving gardening community also. Ive been discussing with these charming english folk the possibility of hosting a hive at their wildlife allotment, a previously disused section of the allotment that has been cleared and regenerated. Slowly but surely, Im […]

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Stop. Super time.

By | May 19, 2012

The Walmer Gardens colony is doing well. They’ve grown from a 5 frame nucleus into a healthy colony with brood in all stages, lots of active bees, pollen and nectar. They now occupy all 10 frames in the brood box – time to put an extension on the hive so they have more space. Taking […]

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Surprise! Bees can’t read

By | May 18, 2012

Surprise! Thursday evening’s bee school class served up 3 surprises; Surprise One – fine-ish, still, and warm weather. Bonus. The Rua Tekau hive was stable, with brood in all stages, and even some pollen stores! A really good sign that the bees had been out foragging at natural sources. Pollen provides a protein source for […]

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