Category Archives: Stings

ONBG meeting, 22nd Sept 2018 – hive hacks and natural selection

16 beekeepers clustered at Gareth’s house (warm and dry) and his experimental apiary (damp and chilly) to discuss bees and eat cake. Gareth, who’s kept bees since at least the 1970’s, recounted experiences from the recent Learning for the Bees … Continue reading

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ONBG meeting, 9th Sept 2017 – colony personalities, and ferals

Eleven bee enthusiasts met in north Oxfordshire to discuss preparation for winter, look at feral colonies around a village, and discuss how colony personalities differ. This last is because we get a lot of questions from people concerned that their … Continue reading

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After a sting

I am indoors. The garden is filled with late-summer light, and through the bathroom window I watch the flightpaths of the bees, rising up beyond the shed roof. But I am staying indoors. A week ago, I reacted badly to … Continue reading

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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” – thoughts 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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