Varroa mites Varroa jacobsoni and Varroa destructor are two species of parasitic mites that commonly attack bees. They survive on the bodily fluids secreted by the bees. If you see brown or red spots on the thorax of your bees, then they have been infected by these mites. These mites also act as carriers for … Read more Varroa mites and Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus
There are different diseases that can affect a beehive, some more dangerous and deadly than the others but each requiring certain very specific measures to overcome the afflictions. American Foulbrood One of the most contagious and deadly of all the diseases affecting the bees is the American Foulbrood or AFB. Exposure to Paenibacillus larvae bacteria … Read more Chalkbrood Disease and other Infections in Honey bees
A thriving bee colony and, in turn, a thriving beekeeping business can only be enjoyed by meticulous attention to the care of the honeybees. If proper care is not taken, bees can suffer in several different ways affecting your overall beekeeping process, your harvests and the complete business set up as a whole. There are … Read more Everything about Swarming and Colony Collapse Disorder
If you want to keep bees in order to pollinate crops, here are some things that you should know. The Process The process of pollination is a simple one. The male part of the plant, the stamen, makes pollen, which is used to fertilize the stigma, the top portion of the pistil, or female plant … Read more What Effect on Pollination Do the Bees Have?
If you are just starting out as a beekeeper, you probably want to know how best to manage your bee colony. The short answer is that you shouldn’t try to, unless you have to! Bees are fairly self-sustaining and too much interference can actually harm the hive. Nevertheless, there are times when a beekeeper needs … Read more How do you manage bee hives?