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Honey bee origins, evolution & diversity – Ashleigh Milner

[…]Christopher O’Toole and Anthony Raw; “The Dark European Honeybee”, Friedrich Ruttner, Eric Milner and John Dews. I shall not attempt to refute accusations of plagiarism and lack of originality, but in case my understanding of these works has been at fault, I must stress that the inferences and opinions given in the article may not always accord with those of […]
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BIM 49 – Spring 2017

[…]The best way is to score your bees by using the method recommended by John Dews and Eric Milner in their publication Breeding Better Bees, using simple modern methods. This is a BIBBA Publication available from Northern Bee Books online. If you do not have or cannot obtain a copy, I can email information to you. This sheet can be […]

Jutland Visit

[…]with wine. On Sunday, after a long journey, we visited the Queen rearing establishment of Poul Eric Soresen. He first showed us his beeswax business where he takes in other beekeepers frames and extracts the wax for which he charges. All the frames are cleaned with caustic soda and then spray washed and kept separate for return to the individual […]

John Dew’s Views – the Best Bee

[…]course of studies made in preparation for the publication of The Dark European Honeybee (Ruttner, Milner and Dews, 1990) we found evidence that Norway was also colonised at least as far as Oslo. These studies also show that, despite extensive importations of bees of other races during the past 150 years into the territory of the Dark bee, colonies of […]

Colonsay a honey bee haven

[…]to save this kind of bee, but triggered new initiatives to help both the honeybees and mankind.” Eric McArthur, vice president of Glasgow and District Beekeepers’ Association, said: “The need for this reserve has been a long time in coming.” McArthur added that the Colonsay and Oronsay reserve ranks in importance with Australia’s Kangaroo Island, which was designated as a […]

A Native Dark Bee Project

[…]box and are frozen to kill them, their right wings are removed and the veins measured (Dews and Milner, 2004). This was done using a USB microscope and the computer programme Beemorph (Talbot, 2002) which can be downloaded via the BIBBA website Years 4-5 2013 – 2014 Four mother queens were used to establish breeding lines, with seasonal rotation […]

The Dark Bee Apis mellifera mellifera in the United Kingdom

[…]earlier. Alternative mating behaviour. Temperament compatible with other native bees. E. Ruttner, Milner & Dews 1990.10 Late start in spring Early cessation for winter Excellent wintering Non-flying with snow on the ground. White cappings. The following characters are common to two or more of the above sources: Unprolific. White cappings. Thrifty. Compact brood nest. Alternative mating behaviour. Early cessation for […]
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BIM 34 – Spring 2010

[…]frame bar – Roger Patterson Inbreeding – Tom Robinson Pesticides and colony losses – Eric Mussen Isle of Man workshop – Doris Fischler A note on MorphPlot – Peter Edwards Galtee Group AGM – Mary Ryan Helen Sanders – David Allen BIBBA Conference BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of the full magazine for personal […]

Sandringham Report 2021

[…]bees objective, Approval was given for it to start and for BIBBA to provide funding. These are Eric’s reflections on the first year of the Project: Eric Marshall writes: Little did I think when I dropped an e-mail to Brian Holdcroft what the consequence would be. I was simply interested in finding one or two local beekeepers who were interested […]

August 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]to locals and visitors alike. I had the privilege to join BIBBA member, and project leader, Eric Marshall and his team Chris, Joanne, John and Marion on the Sandringham Special Apiary stand. The team had two observation hives for members of the public to view; one with a dark, daughter queen, born and mated on the Sandringham Estate, the other […]