426re: BIOLOGICAL BEEKEEPING
- Dec 31, 2000check out ian rumsey's ( http://www.beedata.com/data3/hollowtree.htm )
alternative views on "The 'Hollow Tree' Experiment" and "The Development of
the Geometrically Modified Hive" at the Beekeeping Database Net Resources
website ( http://www.beedata.com/articles.htm )
"Bee hives in Great Britain have been infested with the varroa mite since
Unless treated, the bee colony dies due to this infestation.
Bees have an inherent ability to groom themselves free of the varroa mite.
In a conventional bee hive this is not apparent due to the hive entrance
being at floor level
which allows groomed varroa mites to regain the colony by attaching
An Explanation regarding the Survival of Wild Bee Colonies:
Grooming and the uncapping of cells containing deformed embryo bees is
sufficient to limit the
varroa mite population in wild colonies and is most apparent when there are
more mites than
available nest sites.
At this time the mites become more active and more easily groomed and the
reduction of brood
allows the nurse bees more grooming opportunity."
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