Short and sweet
As a beekeeper and civil engineer, I have worked on constructing bee hives and calculating their building physics since 2014. On this website I present a part of my work. The main focus is on the integrating of book scorpions in bee hives, the calculating of building physics for classical hives and natural tree caves, the installing of infrared video systems in bee hives, the installing of measuring stations to collect climate data from the hives and the realizing of all findings in the form of new hive constructions.
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.
In addition to enabling symbiosis, imitation of the natural bee habitat (the tree hollow) makes sense. The geometry of the bee room as well as the climatic conditions in the tree cave are completely different from the conditions in modern magazine hives.
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!
Many of my theories, calculations and constructions are based on or influenced by the research/publications of other scientists. In this respect, I would like to mention in particular the cooperation with the scientists of the HOBOS team (with Prof. Tautz and Torben Schiffer). The sources I use are linked under Downloads.