Updated Elgon website

I have had this blog for some years now. And I had originally a website in both English and Swedish for many years, which were…

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Bees grooming, shaking and biting mite

Already in 2002 Sven-Olof Ohlsson in Munsala Finland filmed bees grooming, shaking and biting mites. I have published two of his video clips on YouTube…

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The Bee Shaker – where to take the sample

It has been discussed where to take the bees when making the test for infestation level of Varroa mites with the Bee Shaker. From a…

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Varroa resistant worker bees

Magnus was a beekeeper in his youth in western Sweden. He quit in 1996 but started again in 2013 with his wife Ulrika. Then they…

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Treatment select for increased reproduction rate

Varroa mites multiply in bee larvae. After they come out of the cell when the bee is fully formed, they sit on the adult bees…

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The bee shaker and varroa resistance

 One mite from 300 bees. I understand that sometimes it’s a good idea to get an idea of the infestation level of varroa mites in…

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Changing plans

I make notes. I’m sure you do to. How much is a good question. I made more notes as a beginner and quite some years…

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Varroa defecation and pupa remains

I’m checking my, as I think, most promising colonies for the VSH trait. (http://www.elgon.es/diary/?p=146) After dragging out more than 1000 pupae I have learned a…

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Jante and The Involuntary Adviser

“It is better to listen to a string, which burst, than never to span an arc.” Verner von Heidenstam (Swedish poet), 1902, Invocation and Pledge…

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Oxalic side effects

Oxalic acid has been used for many years in Europe to kill Varroa mites in bee colonies. Recently it has been approved for use in…

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