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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Bashing temper of a daughter of a breeder

 The feeders I use. The gate has the angled plastic cover inserted when feeding to protect the bees from entering the whole area of the…

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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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More viruses due to cold weather

The weather has given the coldest May since 1962, 12 years before I started with bees. The bees have had a hard time getting enough…

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Varroa feces, larval and pupal skins

I found a good description of what happens in the brood cell here: http://www.ars.usda.gov/Research/docs.ht…44&page=14 There are good pictures of different stages in the development of the…

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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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