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How to get Section Honey

Section honey is the creme de la creme of honeys.

Good sections command high prices and beekeepers will tell you the reason is that they are hard got. The bees hate to work all those corners and will often swarm instead. Or the weather will turn on you and you’ll be left with a lot of waste.

There is not much you can do about the weather but here are a few things you can consider to maximise your chances. Basically:

  • The Hive
  • The Bees
  • The Forage
  • Whether the Weather

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How to start a Powerpoint Slide-show

When you open a Powerpoint slide show or animation, to get the thing to run – click ‘Slideshow’.

You’ll find this along the top bar where it goes ‘Home Insert Design Transitions Animations’ then ‘Slideshow’

Then click ‘From the beginning’ which, with luck and a following wind, will now be top far left.

Next, either click the mouse or use the arrow keys to work your way through it.

If you’re wondering what on earth this is about, it’s not for you! It’s for people who’ve just been looking at the Artificial Swarm page with its associated diagram and animated Powerpoint thing and who don’t know how to get the thing going.  Click here if you’re interested in that thing.

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Carniolan Bee

The Carniolan bee also known as Apis mellifera carnica or A.m.carnica for short has its origins in Eastern Europe and is therefore adapted to a continental climate with cold hard winters and long hot summers. It is now the main bee in Germany.

Carniolan Bees
Carniolan Bees

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It is also known as the Grey bee because 3 segments of its abdomen are broadly covered in a thick pelt of short grey hairs which partially conceals the underlying dark abdomen giving it a frosted look. Photo from queen bee identification article on

It is similar to the Italian bee in that it is a medium sized bee with a long narrow body and limbs and it also has the same long proboscis which enables it to make full use of the red clover – an important forage crop in Europe.

It also shares the same gentle nature as the Italian bee but has a stronger swarming tendency. Coming from further north it fares better over winter being very thrifty with a smaller brood nest. Come spring and the build-up is very rapid indeed an adaptation to take advantage of an early flow.

If you are thinking of importing Carniolan bees – or buying from somebody else who imports Carniolan or any  other bees for that matter – remember that you will be helping to erode the genetics of the Irish bee. The Irish bee has evolved over thousands of years and ‘knows’ how to cope with the uniquely horrible Irish climate.  Why would you want to do that?

And don’t forget – small Hive Beetle is out there waiting for somebody just like you. You don’t want to find yourself in front of god explaining why you destroyed your neighbour’s native bee breeding programme and at the same time introduced the most devastating bee parasite to Ireland now do you?

Best not mention you knew what you were doing.

Click here for more on Small Hive Beetle

Click here for more about the Native Irish Bee

Click here for updated list of Irish Native Honey Bee suppliers

Click  here for more about the Italian bee

Click here for the Buckfast bee

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