Cooperation in the Elgon area

Some years ago, varroa resistance had risen noticeably on my Elgon bees. Then I started to give away some breeder queens to the neighboring beekeepers….

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Resistance traits – VSH, VSHD, Grooming and more

Sometimes, the term VSH is used as meaning the same thing as varroa resistance. I think it’s helpful to clarify what VSH is. It is…

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Wingless bees and varroa level

Before varroan came there could be seen occasional bees with undeveloped/deformed wings in spring. Maybe it was the influence of DWV, Deformed Wing Virus. But…

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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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My selection parameters

I have prepared for and selected for varroaresistance for quite some years. Last year I learned how to test a colony for VSH, a simplified…

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First crop from the multitest colony

Last year I gave almost a whole box of plastic frames 4.95 mm cellsize with natural positioning, http://www.elgon.es/diary/?p=384 This colony was a very nice colony,…

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The queen of the wall

Five days after I hived the swarm from the wall I checked it. I placed it about three km from the wall where it originated,…

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Taking home the breeder

A week ago I brought home the breeder queens for ease of grafting. They should at least have been treatment free last year (2013) and…

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I don’t count mites

I know it can be beneficial to count mites. But I don’t have the time. But those colonies I check for VSH, they will get…

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