Bees sleep several times a day. Partially they go to empty cells for this reason. Their sleep lasts for a few minutes to a maximum of half an hour. In the following video a bee retreats into a cell for 5 minutes.
Current IR video out of the beehive shows meticulously mutual grooming of the bees. The groomed bee is waiting patiently and lifts the wings.
In our calculations we have only considered the water contained in the honey so far (200ml water per Kg Honey). This is a customary assumption, but that’s only a part of the truth. The water formation caused by the metabolism of the bees is much bigger. Oxidative water is produced during the aerobic metabolism of … Read more
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
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
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.
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