Can chelifers be made to control Varroa mites in beehives?

book scorpion (chelifer cancroides)

We get confronted with a study from New Zealand by Ron van Toor quite often: “Can chelifers be made to control Varroa mites in beehives?” The study is called originally “Ingestion of Varroa destructor by pseudoscorpions in honey bee hives confirmed by PCR analysis“. This study proves two things impressively : 1. Book scorpions migrate … Read more

Dr. Max Beier “The book scorpion, a welcome guest of the bee colonies”

Österreichischer Imker Bd. 1, 1951

Translated by David Heaf from “Der Bücherskorpion, ein willkommener Gast der Bienenvölker.” Österreichischer Imker Bd. 1, 1951, S. 209–211. Among the many more or less welcome, mostly even unwanted guests in bee hives, the book scorpion or Chelifer canroides, leads a very humble and – unjustly, as we shall see – little- noticed existence. This … Read more

Buy book scorpions

book scorpion (chelifer cancroides)

The buy of book scorpions and their use in conventional bee hives does not make sense to me at the moment. We are still in the research phase and have not found the right modifications for bee hives. For this reason I think a sale of the animals is careless and does not serve the cause.

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Breeding Book Scorpions

nest book scorpion (chelifer cancroides)

The best place for breeding book scorpions is surely the environment of naturally kept animals troubled by small parasites. Beehives are the perfect place (if the bees are kept untreated) with appropriate conversions/additions of the beehive. Chicken stalls, hay floors and grain storehouses close to animal stables also offer excellent conditions. Whoever wants to breed … Read more