Natural beekeeping with book scorpions
The book scorpion’s potential is enormous. Though it is not the cure for the various problems of honey bees and modern beekeeping it can – in a suitable habitat (geometry & properties of hollow trees) and within the scope of natural beekeeping (no acids/chemistry, low honey extraction, swarming, etc.) – effectively combat the parasites. Not only the Varroa mite is on its menu. It will also suck out bee-lices, small hive beetles, and wax moths with pleasure.
Having book scorpions within bee hives signals natural beekeeping and an intact hive climate. Integrating it into your bee hives unfortunately cannot be the first step towards successful beekeeping without acids and chemistry. On the contrary its successful settlement can only be the result of a species-appropriate beekeeping.
Since book scorpions are very sensitive they will quickly leave an unsuitable habitat.
Inspired by the rediscovery of the symbiosis between bees and book scorpions and the research done by Torben Schiffer I have been constructing hives since 2014. As a result there has been a close cooperation with Torben Schiffer and the HOBOS team around Prof. Tautz since 2016.
In my hives the imitation of hollow trees plays an important role. The goal is to imitate the geometry of as well as the climatic conditions in hollow trees which are fundamentally different from the conditions in modern beehives.
I am using information from various studies by renowned scientists and institutes to construct my hives (see all sources linked under downloads).
Beekeeping without acids and chemistry
Imitating the conditions in hollow trees is the first step towards natural beekeeping. Furthermore, the beekeepers treatment need to be reduced. Only under these conditions the bee and the book scorpion can beat the Varroa together by their symbiosis and the mutual grooming of the bees. Beekeeping without the use of acids and chemicals is possible!