In 2007 Karin worked on becoming a commercial beekeeper. She wintered 30 bee colonies. She invested in honey extracting facilities. In spring 2008 she had 2 colonies left. In the county where she lived Varroa had just arrived and the
Dare to challenge the authorities!
When I was young I read a lot. Sometimes Einstein. One of the few sentences of his I understood and made impact on me was: “To be able to make progress you have to dare to challenge the authorities” You don’t
Neonics and birds
Imidacloprid structure overlaying honeycomb of the Western honey bees (Credit: Williamseanohlinger/Wikimedia, and Waugsberg/Wikimedia) The effects of neonicotinoides on bees are wellknown today. Reports are emerging of effects on other creatures making us wonder if they are that innocent for our
Overwintering in Sweden
Summer of 2012 was not a good one, for bees or for people in Sweden. Long periods of chilly and rainy weather gave smaller clusters going into winter with many times too many of old bees. Winter was long, even
Analysis of small cell test designs
Cellsize of the worker brood is a hot topic for many. Some don’t bother, others seem to be fighting downsizing of the bees to a more natural smaller cell size in the brood area. And there are those that say
Die-offs in America 2013
Kim Flottum i s editor of BeeCulture in USA, one of the big bee magazines over there. In his April issue he had an editorial, named as always ‘Inner Cover’. He covered a serious and difficult issue, as well as
Honeybees are engines of life. Bee concerned.