Back to nature
Bees were prevented from reproducing naturally as far as possible, thus preventing natural selection. However, this seems to be the most important building block for an adaptation between host and parasite.
Maximum honey production and gentleness are useful to beekeepers, but harm the bees. E.g. honey production beyond the bees own needs binds their capacity to work. It takes away time for important tasks such as grooming.
In addition, the world of insects is attacked massively by neonicotinoids & co. These Means are used extensively in agriculture and private gardens all over the world. Our careless handling of these products is probably the main reason for the poor health of honeybees.
Other operating procedures which have a negative effect on bee health are lack of biodiversity and unfavorable hive constructions.
We should give the bees the time and the strength to get rid of their problems on their own:
– by relieving the bees of a maximum performance of their honey production and allowing natural selection again
– by building beehives which are in line with the natural habitat of the bees
– by stopping to work with pesticides and acids, especially in the beehive
A beekeeping with only gentle interventions of the beekeeper is definitely possible.
Grooming – The hygienic behaviorof the Apis Mellifera
Book scorpions – The symbiosis with the bees
Hollow trees – 45 million years of evolution in tree caves
Climate in the beehive – humidity and temperature in the beehive
Resistant bees – An adaptation between host and parasite takes place
Swarm of bees – Reproduction of bees in nature