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?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Feral bees in a hollow tree with lots of Stratiolaelaps mites on the combs

Authors of this video do not discuss the Stratiolaelaps sp. mites on these feral combs since they have not paid attention to it. If you look carefully at 3:50 of this video you will see whiteish almost see through small mites walking over the wax combs. Stratiolaelaps mites are not Varroa (which is brown-reddish). Stratiolaelaps mites are known to be feeding on Varroa mites as you can see in THIS post of mine. Feral colonies are not being treated by beekeepers and therefore Stratiolaelaps mites can establish them selves in such a colony. All Varroa treatments (except sugar dusting) are strong enough to knock off Varroa mites, and since Stratiolaelaps is also a mite it most defenetly get hammered by it. This alone is already a good enough reason for me not to treat bees. Bee colony (aka Super Organism) is a delicate and most complex system depending not only on the live bees but also on all sorts of micro-organisms, fungi and yeast within the hollow. As a matter of fact the hollow it self is the organism and combs are parts of it too.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! That was some cool video of the Stratiolaelaps mites! Thanks for sharing that.

    I agree that nature will take care of itself. Earlier in the season this year, I had a terrible ant problem. I did a few things to discourage them from coming into the hive, but I let the bees take care of any ants that were able to sneak in. Within a month or so, though, the ant issue kind of solved itself, though, as antlions started to move in under the hives. It's amazing to see the kinds of things that happen when we let nature take its course.