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Discover the smartphone app that can identify plants by taking a picture! Find out more here:
A pretty awesome development. Apparently different data bases exist and you choose the one appropriate to where you live. Anyone ready to give it a try?
To treat or not to treat
There is currently much debate on whether or not to treat varroa infestations in bee colonies. A recent collection of data relating to winter losses in Wales in the years 2010-2015 has shown that colony losses amongst beekeepers not treating for varroa were less than those applying treatments. This was initially a surprise. More recent surveys have confirmed the initial survey findings; no increase in winter survival rates for colonies treated with varroacides.
The main reasons put forward for stopping anti- varroa treatments were:
– The increasing resistance of varroa to current chemical treatments.
– The survival and health of feral colonies.
– Observation that varroa numbers, and the damage caused by varroa, was decreasing yearly.
Contrary to current National Bee Unit advice, the argument for non treatment has been put forward. Thoughts?
Flowers for my bees?
Planning a garden? Re-planting? People often ask, ‘which flowers should I plant in my garden to provide food for the honey bees?’ A good question, now that the planting season is here! Here is a list to get you started!
The honey bee is in the middle photo. Did you know which one it was? Not everyone can tell the difference, so if you knew, then well done you!