This book is a collaborative work with contributions from expert beekeepers and scientists throughout Ireland.
Native Irish Honey Bee Book
It contains everything you need to know about the Native Irish Honey Bee – from evolution to genetics and into the future with conservation and ‘how to’ sections from commercial beekeepers.
Includes a practical section with step by step instructions on queen rearing and bee-breeding techniques.
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Unless you killed the queen yourself, or saw her die, you can’t be certain the bees are queenless unless you test them. Here is the simple queenlessness test.
Continue reading How do I know if my hive is queenless?
Supersedure is a characteristic of the native Irish honey bee. It is where the bees replace an ageing or waning queen without swarming.
Perfect supersedure is where the old honey bee queen obligingly remains in-situ, laying to the best of her abilities, until the new queen is up and running – before gracefully fizzling out.
This is a sought-after trait for obvious reasons and if you find it in one of your colonies you should definitely factor it in to your bee improvement assessments.
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Here are some fuzzy photo’s of a perfect supersedure in one of our hives yesterday (20.5.19)
Native Irish Honey Bee Supersedure
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White eyed drones are victims of a their genes. As we know, drones come from unfertilised eggs and as such they have only one set of chromosomes so all their genetic defects or mutations are expressed and some of them are out there for all to see – like white eyes.
Continue reading White Eyed Worker Bee
Remote hive monitoring by
is space age technology for bees – all linked up to a
central hub on the mother ship
over the mobile phone network.
Of course there is no substitute for visiting the bees but a system like this could be very useful not only in preparing your next visit but also monitoring the results of your efforts from a safe distance.
A road test would be handy!
Continue reading Remote Bee Hive Monitoring
Replacing a queen bee can be a tricky operation but forewarned is forearmed. To maximise success you need to think carefully about about your
Target Colony and the State of your Queen. Read on… Continue reading Queen Bee Introduction – Basics
Introducing a new queen bee can be ticklish enough – especially if she has spent a few days in the post and has gone off lay as a result. Here’s the best way to introduce a queen that’s been in the post.
Continue reading Queen Bee Introduction – Postal Cage
It is well known that some colonies of bees have traits such as
grooming or hygienic behaviour which make them better able to cope with Varroa. Pinpointing such colonies with the aim of selectively breeding from them can be a challenge. There are several different methods and they range from the meticulous to the downright ruthless. Continue reading How to Breed Varroa Resistant Bees