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Jutland Visit

[…]only retains about 5. He discounts any with chalkbrood. Or any with signs of nosema He starts grafting on 20 May and grafts every day until 20 July aiming to produce about 85 grafts daily, after the starter colonies he moves them to finisher and when sealed he has an incubator. It was evident he has good accommodation with plenty […]

John Harding Queen Rearing

[…]bees do the better they get. It is possible that the rejected larvae may have been damaged in grafting so practice does make perfect for you and the bees. Check again 48 hours later, taking serious note as to date, how many and where the original cells are. Don’t use memory, write it down or take a photograph and date […]

A Native Dark Bee Project

[…]and pinned between the brood frames of queenless starter nucs. The next day (20th July) a Chinese grafting tool and scalpel were used to graft the smallest larvae into frames holding plastic cups each containing a tiny droplet of water. This was done either in the apiary or car. Frames of grafts were labelled and transferred into reception nuclei of […]

Steve Rose Queen Rearing

[…]brood etc and remove the grafting frame. Between 3 and 24 hours later graft young larvae into the grafting frame and return it between the brood and pollen. Leave the other half box on its own queen excluder and hence accessible to the bees below. Day 3 or 4 – One Day after grafting. Remove the plastic film (leaving the […]

Stiperstones & Long Mynd Area Bee Breeders – SY15

[…]work collaboratively with individuals or other small groups in the area who share our aims. We use grafting and mini-nucs as standard but have experience of other methods. Talks given and practical queen rearing skills demonstrated. contact Trisha […]
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Caging Virgin Queens

[…]in each of the 12 combinations. Queens were reared using standard beekeeping methods (Doolittle/grafting) and emerged from their cells into vials held in an incubator at 34C. All 12 combinations gave high survival (90 or 100%) for three days but only one method (wooden cage, with attendants, honey) gave 100% survival to day seven. Factors affecting queen survival were analysed. […]

Some history of the East Midlands group

[…]to push the video making into a lower priority. However some footage has been done showing the grafting, and quite a lot on the management of the nucs on site among some really wonderful scenery. We plan to add to this next season, showing work on making up mini-nucs, fitting the plastic foundation, finding queens in colonies, introducing queens, and […]

Bee Improvement Strategies – Kevin Thorn -part two

[…]you propagate from – Selection Criteria? 2) What method of transferring larvae will you use, Grafting, Nicot, Cell Punch, Miller, Natural (Swarm cell or emergency cell)? To name a few. 3) What set up of starter colony will you have? Queenless, Queen Right or temporarily queenless then queen right e.g a Cloake board (there are several variations of each of […]
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BIBBA Queen Rearing Table (Tom’s Table)

[…]to include other methods of producing queen cells and to correct one error. This version covers grafting, cell punching, cell plugs, Miller/Alley and Morris Board methods. BIBBA Queen Rearing […]

BIM 46 – Winter 2015

[…]September The BIfA workshop – Katey Slater Nell proceeded to befriend anyone who looked her way! Grafting – Roger Patterson is the drowning of larvae another myth? Assessment of the black bee – Willie Robson it is possible to show that black bees can be greatly improved over many years by careful husbandry News from SICAMM – Philip Denwood (Societas […]

The black bee, an increasingly rare pearl

[…]evolution of beekeeping practices aims to reduce swarming by controlling reproduction, with grafting (transfer of larvae), artificial insemination or selection of queens. The bee is therefore an increasingly domesticated species. The black bee can be considered both wild and domestic, even if in light of the evolution of species and its behavior, it should be considered as a wild animal. Especially since it […]

BIM 42 – Winter 2013

[…]Organic Practices for Honeybee Health, by Les Crowder and Heather Harrell. Some thoughts on Grafting – Roger Patterson In beekeeping we are often told we must do things in a certain way and grafting is one of them. Honey Bee Improvement – John E Dews Breeding for Improvement: No honey bee colony is exactly like another, brood rearing, inclination to […]

BIM 49 – Spring 2017

[…]foreign imports. Natural beekeepers in any case would object to artificial queen raising involving grafting, Jenter systems and the like. Many Warré beekeepers do however carry out relatively low-intervention forms of artificial swarming or make splits, and this could be done with a view to increasing the progeny of more native-like queens, while perhaps culling the less native-like, thus trying […]

2 Day Bee Improvement: Preston

[…]to cull. Using natural queen cells the bees build. Producing “Artificial” queen cell using grafting, cell punching, cell plugs and the Miller method Clipping and marking queens Changing queens in colonies and queen introduction techniques. Drone production Making up queen mating colonies and nuclei. Getting queens mated and mating control. Equipment required – buying, making, improvising or modifying. Dispelling some […]

2 Day Bee Improvement: Preston

[…]to cull. Using natural queen cells the bees build. Producing “Artificial” queen cell using grafting, cell punching, cell plugs and the Miller method Clipping and marking queens Changing queens in colonies and queen introduction techniques. Drone production Making up queen mating colonies and nuclei. Getting queens mated and mating control. Equipment required – buying, making, improvising or modifying. Dispelling some […]

Course Feedback

[…]the practical demonstrations of colony preparation, queen introduction, the selection and grafting of larvae and queen cell raising and queen mating using mini-nucs. The presentation of the course gave attendees plenty of opportunity for discussion and practice and, without exception, everyone benefitted from the course both in terms of a deeper understanding of the subject and of confidence to practise […]

Bucks Berks & Oxon Bee Improvement (BBOBI ) – RG9

[…]to add a frame of drone comb in year two and may also be asked to provide a frame of larvae for grafting. Using this method we can have the maximum effect, using minimum resources. We encourage others to do the same with their own near native stock, to maximise the distribution of selected genetics in the local neighbourhood. contact […]
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Bee Improvement Strategies – Kevin Thorn -part one

A key question any individual or group should consider is what method should I/we follow to Improve our bees and to produce queens. There are a few key choices depending on your aims, capacity (time and equipment) and capabilities. I’m assuming the reader is looking for a bee that is native and/or locally adapted. The first thing for a new […]
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BBOBI Group – April 2020 Newsletter

[…]well, (grafting from our own stock), some things wasted time, (travelling to others hive to try grafting from there). It could be that we damaged the grafts during transportation – the experiment continues. We have a few new additional stocks to try raising queens again this year. So if you are interested in joining the new list, please reply back […]

Conserving black bees

[…]These cells invariably produce the strongest queens. Virgins from these sources and also from grafting and dedicated cell raisers are mated from some 100 Apidea mini mat­ing nucs. Careful record keeping of mated queens ensures queen lines are maintained. Colonsay offers the ideal isolation for an island mating station. However, the Hebridean islands are not the place to risk a […]

Section 5.1 – Queen Rearing Methods

[…]our curiosity, and so we know how many homes need to be found. The crucial date is 10 days after grafting, or for calculation, one week and 3 days after grafting, when the cells are ready for removal. This is Day 14 from when the egg was laid; we often find that some hatch on Day 15, so timing is […]

East Midlands 1998

[…]and enables very tiny larvae to be seen. A tiny “Magnalite” torch held in one hand and a Swiss grafting tool in the other, makes it very easy to pick up the tiniest larva. The plastic cups are primed with two drops of warm water using an insulin syringe, these are available at chemists for £2 for a pack of […]

NatBIP News No5

[…]their parents.  What’s the difference and advantages of both wet and dry grafting? ‘Dry grafting’ is where larva is transferred into an artificial queen cup. ‘Wet grafting’ is where the cup has had a drop of royal jelly put in bottom of cell and then the larva added. To obtain royal jelly for this, cut out a swarm cell from […]

NatBIP News No6

[…]eggs or larvae. The fact is, though, that thousands of queens are reared every year by beekeepers grafting larvae of their choice and seemingly excellent queens can result. Presumably if there was anything seriously wrong with the larva the bees would not produce a queen. Also worker larvae are identical to queen larvae (the difference is the diet) so a […]


[…]and native bees. For many, weak eyes and trembling hands make the idea of larval transfer via grafting a worrying challenge, especially when the larva is separated from its royal jelly and the potential princess bee is often bumped unceremoniously into a plastic cup of some kind. The Punched Cell method does not separate the larva from its food, it […]

Sandringham Report 2021

[…]not conducive to good queen mating. We have operated on the basis of a regular weekly visit for grafting and other related operations, although occasional short visits have been made by some of us individually to check the status of hives or graft acceptance. Problems that have arisen have been: a relatively poor level of graft acceptance, loss of queens […]

BOBBI Spring 2022 Newsletter

[…]my starving hives, than I did on Petrol.” When we did manage to set up a starter/finisher, the grafting success was well down on previous years.  And to add insult to injury, many queens that hatch out into roller-cages (despite being fed honey) where left to starve by the workers within 48 hours of hatching.  The bees just weren’t interested.  […]