Friday, 23 May 2014
Closeup look UNDER THE LID OF A BEEHIVE during a hive inspection - this is what you can expect
Hello dear visitors and subscribers,
This weeks short video shows a closeup look under the lid of a beehive during our autumn hive inspection. This is what you can expect to see inside a twelve month old beehive all going well. Nice and healthy beehive with a strong colony, plenty of honey stores and a strong laying queen.
Any time we look into our hives, the first thing we get ready to catch a glimpse of is the number of hive beetles present as you lift the lid. This is critical to check. Any new or novice beekeepers out there, if you do not check in the first 3 seconds of lifting the hive top cover, you may not get a good understanding of the extent of the damage they are able to do.
We have quite a substantial problem ourselves, but we keep on top of it, squash as many as we can, and most importantly, we keep our hive very strong so they can dedicate enough bees to keep the hive beetle at bay. We use all sorts of traps, which we will cover in detail throughout the next few months. Keep your eyes out for that series, as once you lose a beehive to the hive beetle or the wax moth, (or FBT etc for that matter), you will never look into your beehive the same way. This series will be very extensive as one of our current projects is to review the hive beetle problem and as many have done before us, attempt to find a solution to the problem. The industry so far, it seems to us, deals primarily with the SYMPTOMS of hive beetle, but we would like to tackle the problem from the other end - successful prevention. This involves understanding hive beetles anatomy, life cycle, strengths and weaknesses. Once those are well understood, one can attempt to deploy strategies that may exploit one or several or in deed all of these. We are strong believers of using as little chemicals as and where possible, especially pesticides, and believe that nature has way to deal with every problem naturally. It may be less cost effective yes, possibly difficult to implement, and yes, perhaps not even commercially viable, but we are not a commercial beekeeping operation, and we care about our bees and those around the world, so every helping hand may assist, and who knows, the saying "Seek and you shall find"may in the end win over.
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Tuesday, 20 May 2014
DEAD honeybee closeup but THE LEG TWITCHES??? - beekeeping 101 tutorial.
We wanted to show a closeup of bee anatomy and picked up a dead honey bee in the apiary to do so. The bee was dead for at least 30 minutes, perhaps more. As we recorded the video over a few takes, all of a sudden, the dead bees leg started twitching. Very awkward moment, and rather unexpected. We gather this is normal and it is just the nerves, but none the less, it can surprise even beekeepers. In any case, the bees are a beautiful creature, a social animal that goes through an amazing number of phases in its life, and its skills, tasks and roles constantly change, right up to the last moment of its passing away. Bees are certainly one of the most amazing insects on planet Earth, and we should all study and respect them for what they are and what they do. Yes, all creatures contribute in many mysterious ways, but the bees (and ants and termites for that matter) seem to have a power we don't yet possess. They are a completely independent creature, yet completely dependent on the social network they live within. They know nothing, yet know it all. They seek only the best for their beehive and not even fear of dying stops them from striving to achieve the greater good of the many and the cost of itself.
Hope you enjoy this rather sad video, but death is part of life, and the bees live theirs to their maximum potential, and we should celebrate that. Have a honey toast or a spoon of honey in your tea, and ponder what tremendous amount of energy and commitment went into that single delicious sweet nectar.
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Sunday, 18 May 2014
Is my QUEEN BEE ALIVE and laying? Brood frame closeup examination - beekeeping 101
We take a closeup view of a honeybee frame of brood removed during a beehive inspection from a beekeeper's apiary. We briefly examine the difference between a drone and a worker bee, and talk about what went wrong when our queen escaped from the brood chamber into our honey supers. This is a continuation of a series of videos on this topic.
The video also shows in more detail the layout of queen eggs, larvae, pupae, both worker bee and drone cells, and how the bees design their layout on a typical brood frame. Honey stores, pollen stores and the brood itself.
We encourage you to look at our earlier videos and specifically a short closeup of the honey bee queen eggs and larvae (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-2E76XaDYk), or alternatively our playlist of CLOSEUPS which has many related and interesting videos (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfE6cWwwWKoiXEp4xSACAmvTHSrweW0nU)
BUT, if the art of beekeeping interests you, the best place is to visit our http://www.mahakobees.com website for many instructional and HOWTO videos.
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