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Varroa Mites

Varroa mite is a problem for bee colonies and something bee keepers all become aware of really fast. Their actual name is Varroa Destructor which gives you a bit of an idea of just how devastating having Varroa can be. Everywhere in the world, except Australia, has Varroa, and it first appeared in Devon, UK. If colonies have Varroa they will die if you don't treat it.  The mites hide in an uncapped cell and then feed on the brood food and then begin to nibble the larvae itself transferring disease and causing defects. The defects caused are most commonly deformed wings but could also be stunted growth and other problems.
Varroa mites emerge with the new bee, hanging on to its back. The mites then  begin the cycle again by entering a new cell and laying eggs there. 



This is Varroa Mite on a larvae.



This is Varroa Mite on a bee. They look pretty obvious and easy to spot.














I haven't seen any on our bees. However we have bees with deformed wings. This is really worrying so despite …

Operation Asian House

Bees have taken a slight back seat this week as we had a far greater challenge to complete. Yes, we entered to ring to take our places in the battle of 'completing the Lego Card Collectors Book no matter what else you might have to do'.

Never before has some much depended on so little, well perhaps there was something like that might have been said around the 1940s but totally different, totally. This was nothing like a war, there was no pushing, definitely no fisticuffs.

The penultimate card exchange took place in the car park of ballet with the littlest in attendance for her first drop. All went smoothly and I co-ordinated the proceedings via Whatsapp with both parties. Only one panicked message from hubby regarding the exact colour the Audi he was looking for. I have seen those ads for M15 in the paper and I think that I do actually have all the attributes required.

The final card, number 72, was much less stressful, thanks Thomas and Nick for donating it. We are complete. And relieved. And not tempted to join in with any more card collecting. I have carefully hidden the Paw Patrol Sticker Book by the side of the sofa, and we've bought fidget spinners. Its all calm again.

My favourite was of course No.86 BumbleBee Girl, whats not to like!





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We got this - see below -  from the National Bee Unit, we've got the sugar in and we are making up the solution tomorrow, we don't want to be responsible for starvation!

Beekeepers may wish to monitor their colony food levels closely, particularly in any splits, nucleus colonies or colonies where the entire spring honey crop was removed. In some areas of the UK, our Inspectors are concerned at finding colonies that are starving.Feed can be prepared from refined white sugar and water mixed at a 2:1 ratio or one of the proprietary ready mixed syrups available from Beekeeping equipment suppliers.