What is a Swarm of Bees

What is a swarm of bees, in this case honeybees? Honeybees swarm round about June time and a third of the bees in the colony (hive) will leave with the Queen bee so you are looking at between 15,000 to 20,000 bees.   It happens when the hive gets overcrowded or workers have had enough …

Lighting the Beekeepers Smoker

Lighting a beekeepers smoker must be one of the simplest things to do in beekeeping but I have seen so many struggle to light one and then keep it alight.   Some beekeepers say they are not needed but I like to keep my ladies nice and calm while I am inspecting the hive. A …

Asian Hornets in the UK

As the UK honey bee population comes under attack from the Asian Hornet migrating from Europe a new Smartphone App has been developed to enable beekeepers and members of the public to report sightings of this vicious killer.   The app is called Asian Hornet Watch and is now available from both Apple and Android app …

Neonicotinoid Insecticides blamed for killing Bees

For years now bees have been dying in ever increasing numbers and now the government has finally admitted that a common pesticide is to blame.  The Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) has been under pressure from beekeepers and environmentalists to look at its approval of a type of insecticides called neonicotinoids. This is based on mounting research …