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The Apiarist Blog

The Apiarist Blog

Professor David Evans is a virologist studying the biology of single stranded positive sense RNA viruses, including poliovirus, hepatitis C virus and deformed wing virus of honeybees. He has a fascinating, practical beekeeping blog, https://www.theapiarist.org/

  • Synopsis: The details they don’t tell you on a ’Start beekeeping’ course are almost as important as the things they do teach. By definition these courses tend to be ‘fact heavy’. They omit some of the less tangible, and sometimes less pleasant, aspects of our hobby. These are mine, but all experienced beekeepers will have […] The post What they don’t tell you appeared first on The Apiarist.
  • Synopsis: How do you accurately measure flight times and durations of hundreds of bees? And why would you want to do this anyway? Using the same technology as Marks and Spencers label stock items, albeit on a smaller scale, it is now possible to monitor thousands of honey bee flights very accurately. Introduction As a […] The post Chips with everything appeared first on The Apiarist.
  • Synopsis : What makes people want to start beekeeping? Is it to Save the bees, or because they just like honey? Is their persistence and long-term success influenced by their initial motivation to keep bees. Do they keep beekeeping for the same reasons they start beekeeping? Introduction Hundreds of potential new beekeepers, spread across the […] The post Why keep bees appeared first on The Apiarist.
  • Synopsis : Midwinter is the time for planning and preparation for the beekeeping season ahead. In addition to thinking about the normal season’s events – swarming, mite control, honey etc. – now is the time to be more expansive. What arrangements need to be made for the longer term sustainability of your apiary and beekeeping? […] The post Seasonal scheming appeared first on The Apiarist.
  • Conveniently, this final post of the year will be published on the final day of the year. This is an appropriate time to look back over the what’s happened here on The Apiarist … a sort of behind the scenes view of the posts that were popular, the posts that were unloved and the creative […] The post Scores on the doors appeared first on The Apiarist.
  • That’s not a typo. I didn’t mean Honey Guides … or honey guide. Honeyguides are a group of 17 species of birds, distributed into four genera, belonging to the family Indicatoridae. All of the 8 species that have been well studied are brood parasites, like the cuckoo (Cuculus canorus). They lay their eggs in the […] The post Honeyguides appeared first on The Apiarist.
  • Déjà vu? Well … not really. This time last year I wrote my 2020 in retrospect post. Looking back the last few years I’ve always tried to post these retrospective reviews of the season a week or so before Christmas. In December 2020 we had a rapidly rising number of Covid cases being diagnosed, peaking […] The post 2021 in retrospect appeared first on The Apiarist.
  • One of the great things about beekeeping as a hobby is that you are never short of gifts for friends and family . A jar or two of honey instead of a bottle of wine – or in addition to a bottle of wine – for dinner parties is always received with enthusiasm. In your […] The post Beeswax wraps appeared first on The Apiarist.
  • Three short and easy-to-digest snippets of science this week. After last weeks’ overly-long DIY extravaganza I thought I’d try and be a little more succinct this time.  The following triptych is based on three separate papers, two published in the last month or two and one from last year. Individually these incremental advances in our […] The post Science snippets appeared first on The Apiarist.
  • One of the earliest posts on this site, back in January 2014, described my honey warming cabinet. Both that post and the cabinet are still going strong. The cabinet has been used to process a lot of honey … and the post has been read tens of thousands of times and still remains in the […] The post Portable queen cell incubator appeared first on The Apiarist.

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