Category Archives: Stings

Angry bees

This article dispels the myth that our native black bees are inherently ‘bad’, i.e. overly-defensive, and instead sets out the real genetic basis of why crossing bee races, black or otherwise, can lead to hybrids which are predisposed to be … Continue reading

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Calm bees

People sometimes ask, how can I keep my bees calm? Particularly when I open a hive? This post covers this aspect of beekeeping. The common theme is that the bees do not feel threatened.

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“Imkers and Angels” – musings on a 1917 beekeeping documentary

It is winter. I have recently found a silent-film about beekeeping, a documentary entitled Het Leven der Bijen or The Life of Bees. You can watch it here. The film follows a simple and repetitive structure. First a juddering title-card describes … Continue reading

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Trends in beekeeping #2

This is a wide-ranging article, part of an occasional series, intended to touch on recent developments in beekeeping that have caught my attention – discussion welcomed! Topics covered here include: Hygienic behaviour Varroa virus blocking – important new research just … Continue reading

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ONBG meeting, 19th Sept 2015

7 Warré beekeepers met on a sunny Autumn afternoon in the village of Fringford, north Oxfordshire to examine local colonies, discuss feeding, forage, winter preparation and colony behaviour. We began with a demonstration by David of his elegant hive lifting … Continue reading

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ONBG meeting, 25th August 2015

10 people came to Brian & Faith’s place in Summertown Main topics covered: Autumn prep, feeding, honey, wax, wasps and badgers Desensitisation courses and stings. 2 or 3 of those present are on, or have completed a desensitisation course; results … Continue reading

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Interesting items

There are various bits and bobs and interesting links I’ve come across that weren’t worth a full post in themselves, so I’ve gathered them together here: Gareth has posted on his Simplebees site a link to a succinct 5 minute … Continue reading

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