New discoveries about the ‘language’ of Queen bees.
This is the time of year when bees swarm. Swarms are not usually dangerous but should only be approached or moved by people who know what they’re doing. Each year WBKA provides a free swarm collection service and following advice from DEFRA, during the Coronavirus epidemic, WE ARE STILL ABLE TO COLLECT SWARMS in 2020, but must observe social distancing restrictions and will not be prepared to enter homes.
For more information please see the swarms page.
The new WBKA web site was launched today. Hopefully it’ll be easier to use on mobiles and tablets.
Everything should be working properly, but please let me know if you come across any broken links or other problems.
Similarly if you’d like to contribute any content, such as photos or links to useful sites or videos please let me know via the contacts page.
Many thanks to John Vendy for an inspiring and entertaining talk last night and for taking the time to answer all the questions which came up during and after his presentation.
You can download the hive plans John uses here.
Unprecedented images from National Geographic show how the insects cook invaders alive, stay warm or cool, and socialize.
Our first event of the year is on March 10 at 7:30 pm at Clark Foley Centre (Jack Lofthouse Annex), Ilkley.
John Vendy will be talking about Top Bar Hives and Natural Beekeeping.
Overnight we had the first snow of the winter.
Wild colonies are living with varroa, perhaps it’s time for managed colonies to do the same..?
The YBKA program for 2019 BBKA Module study days is now live on the YBKA website. Online booking is now open, but places are limited.
Unfortunately, due to illness, today’s Nosema day has been cancelled.