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BIM 49 – Spring 2017

[…]that the process can be somewhat automated by scanning wings and feeding the results into DrawWing and Morphplot software. u If I can utilise semi-automation (above point) then I could sample the drones also. Drones have different Cubital Indexes from workers so need to be looked at separately. As drones are meant to only have genes from their queen mother, […]

Find, Mark & Clip the Queen

[…]abdomen as it is very easy to damage this most vital part of her anatomy. When about to cut the wing or wings, with the blade of the scissors in position beneath the wings, pause for a moment and look carefully to ensure that one of her legs is not being cut off as well. If this occurs the queen […]

Laesoe 2004

[…]on the activities of the Galtee Bee Breeding Group. Dr. Jacob Kahn discussed his work on bee wing morphometry based on 40 colonies in the Irish Republic. He has applied some sophisticated statistical techniques to explore, for example, the close correlation between discoidal shift and cubital index. By analysing the differences between the morphometry of left and right wings he […]

What is Apis mellifera mellifera?

[…]from other subspecies of the honey bee by a) Morphological characters, including colour, size, wing venation, abdominal hair length; b) Genetic characters identifiable by DNA analysis; c) Behavioural characters, including colony size and development, longevity, pollen collection.     The indigenous range of Apis mellifera mellifera stretches from the Atlantic seaboard of Norway, Britain, Ireland and France eastward across Western, […]

A Native Dark Bee Project

[…]these virgins were successfully crossed with the drone offspring from the 2010 mothers. After allowing new queens time to replace all the workers in the colony with their own offspring a test of their progeny purity was done. As different subspecies of honeybee have slightly different wing venation and their hybrids show a scatter distribution this test can give an […]

Ardnamurchan Jan 2016

[…]mating of a larger number of queens. Demand for Amm queens is strong in Scotland where there is growing interest in locally-bred, native and/or well-acclimatised bees. More and more beekeepers are learning to rear their own queens or source them locally rather than import stock with the attendant risks of disease and the possible spread of the small hive beetle. […]

The health and status of the feral honeybee population of the UK

[…]honeybees. Managed honeybee colonies not treated for Varroa showed similar levels of deformed wing virus to that of feral colonies. In the absence of managing the Varroa mite, feral populations are subject to potentially lethal levels of DWV. Such a finding provides evidence to explain the large decline in the feral population, and the importance of feral colonies as potential […]
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Work with Bangor University

[…]by Bangor concerned a survey of bee wings throughout South Clwyd. The wings were analysed using DrawWing and Morphplot. The samples were collected by BIBBA breeding groups and members of SCBKA and then tested by a number of BIBBA queen rearers and the Bangor researcher Elise Keller.  Elise processed the resulting data and provided a base line, in the form […]

The Dark Bee Apis mellifera mellifera in the United Kingdom

[…]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 winter. Good wintering on little stores. On the other hand, there is disagreement on the following characters: Early/late start to brood raising. […]
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BIM 41 – Spring 2013

[…]Native Bee shows its mettle: 2012 was by common consent a rotten year for beekeeping. Wing Morphometry Service – Will Messenger Project Discovery: Sampling members’ native or near-native bees Trustees Report – Will Messenger Report and Accounts – Iain Harley Project Discovery Phase 2 – Will Messenger moving on to supporting BIBBA groups to access Apis mellifera mellifera NIHBS – […]

BIM 37 – Spring 2012

[…]– Terry Clare A Bright Future – Dorian Pritchard Dave Cushman’s Website – Roger Patterson Wing Morphometry – Peter Edwards Galtee Bee Breeding Group – Mary Ryan John Dews Update – Tony Jefferson BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of the full magazine for personal […]

BIM 51 – Summer 2018

[…]Americans would call her a ‘gator’ queen with four abdominal segments extending beyond her wing tips Sustainable Beekeeping – David LedgerEden Project Cornwall 17th February 2018 Two days at Cilgwri – David Spaldingthe course gave attendees plenty of opportunity for discussion and practice and, without exception, everyone benefitted Stratford-upon-Avon BIG – Terry Hitchmanthe parachuting in of racially pure queens has […]

Lester Wickham

[…]serving as the BIBBA Show Secretary, a job that has been looking for someone to take it under its wing for several years: we appreciate Lester taking on this […]

Bee Improvement Strategies – Kevin Thorn -part one

[…]check your queenless colony is definitely queenless by giving a test frame of eggs – if they draw queen cells its queenless. Many good queens are lost by introducing to a colony that already has a queen.. Equipment needed Other than a couple of extra nucs, depending on your ambition, you should be able to use your existing equipment so […]
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I Want Bees

[…]from other subspecies of the honey bee by:a) Morphological characters, including colour, size, wing venation, abdominal hair length;b) Genetic characters identifiable by DNA analysis;c) Behavioural characters, including colony size and development, longevity, pollen collection. The natural range of A.m.m. coincides with the 15-20° zone. (Copyright […]


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Conserving black bees

[…]Research 53(2) 269-278 (2014) Martin S.J., Ball B.V., Carreck N.L. The role of deformed wing virus in the ini­tial collapse of varroa infested honey bee colonies in the UK Journal of Apicultural Research 52,(5) 251-258 (2013) Seeley,T.D., Morse, R.A. The natural nest of the honey bee (Apis mellifera) Insectes Soc. 23, 495-512 (1976) Morales G.S. 1986 Effect of cavity size […]

Queens: Collaboration and how to make it easy on yourself and your bees – by Karl Colyer

[…]how I judge my bees. I know there are 25+ different criteria that can be used ranging from colour, wing morphology, DNA etc. but the NatBIP has recommended some simple suggestions that I have found to be perfect for getting most of my improvement decisions and actions under way: HARDY? I rarely feed my bees, I rarely treat for varroa, […]
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Adam Tofilski Webinars

[…]of single bees is imprecise, therefore, usually a colony is identified using more than 10 wings. Previously, wing measurements were made manually. Now a computer program is used to place landmarks on all wing images. The computer program calculates the average configuration of landmarks and provides similarity of the colony to a range of subspecies.The colony is assigned to the […]

Section 5.1 – Queen Rearing Methods

[…]a super of foundation to be put on top above the excluder for bees to occupy themselves with drawing out extra comb, rather than building brace comb or ‘webbing’ around the queen cells together. A grafting frame with two rows of 10 plastic queen cups, as used in the Cupkit method, or JZBZ cups, can be used for holding the […]

NatBIP News No 7

[…]Financial viability is part of long-term sustainability. End of the season As we draw to the end of another season, whatever the highs and lows, we can reflect, with satisfaction, that we are part of a movement that is taking steps to a sustainable future, that aims to improve beekeeping and leave our bees in a better condition than we […]

Lune Valley New Breeding Apiary

[…]than inspecting regularly to try to prevent swarming not treating with chemicals letting the bees draw out their own comb rather than using foundation only taking off honey in the spring if there is a genuine surplus avoiding artificial feeding unless really necessary using well insulated hives with eco-floors only acquiring bees from reliable, local sources encouraging the creation of […]

BIM 40 – Winter 2012

[…]Discovery update – Terry Clare Ludlow & District group – Mike Saunders Coorecorder v DrawWing – Conan McDonnell Morphometry in practice – Terry Clare Imported Queens part 1 – Will Messenger BIBBA members can download a pdf copy of the full magazine (if logged […]