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Section 4.14 – NatBIP 1 Record Card Instructions

[…]To estimate on removal, a BS/National super frame fully capped is about 2.75 lb If 10 frames in a super. Full National super about 28lbs. Round up or down according to how well filled each frame is. If using different size frames, weigh them to be accurate or work out own estimating system. Amount Fed. In this column, enter any […]
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Section 5.1 – Queen Rearing Methods

[…]and more of them. A frame feeder is ideal for use with this method of queen rearing. It allows 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 […]

Why do the bees rear so many drones?

[…]itself when stinging an intruder. But here is an instance where the whole colony as a super-organism puts the interest of the species as a whole ahead of its own. The expenditure on drones apparently does little in the short term for the colony that produces them, but is a vital investment for the long-term survival and prosperity of the honey bee as a species. Evolution is ever […]

John Dew’s Views – the Best Bee

[…]to believe that the “grass is greener on the other side of the fence”, that imported bees are superior to the indigenous bee. In the pre-war years of the 20th century many kinds of imported bees were tried, but the Italian bee found most favour. There was a welcome respite from imported bees during the war years, but after the […]