Natural Beekeeping

Top Bar ApiRevolution has begun! Lets make some inexpensive Top Bar Hives and let them be pesticide free on their own natural comb! Che Guebee is a rebel bee fighting for the survival of the Biodiversity we all depend on and which is seriously endangered by deforestation and mono-crop agriculture! What kind of teaching have you got if you exclude nature?

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Worker Bee Grooming a Drone

It is known that bees can groom each other but I never heard of worker bees grooming Drones :) It is also known that Drones are the ones to which Varroa is highly attracted to and I have seen one Varroa on a Drone this year (this was outside the hive).

Grooming is a VERY important aspect of honey bee health. Latest research shows that Honey bees exposed to Neonicotinoid pesticide aren't good at grooming each other. Apparently the pesticide blocks the part of their nervous system in charge of grooming. Bayer's Neonicotinoid Termiticide called Premise 200 SC works in this fashion. The Imidacloprid substance damages the nervous system in Termites responsible for grooming. Termites pick up parasitic fungi in the ground and are unable to clean themselves which results in colony collapse (NOTE! Colony Collapse Disorder in Honey Bees).

I have made a short video through the observation window in one of my top bar hives hence the bad quality, where a worker bee grooms a Drone :)

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