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Beesource Beekeeping. Plans for Building Hives, Frames and More This popular section of Beesource.com offers downloadable “build-it-yourself” plans in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Beesource Beekeeping

You will be able to open PDF files after installing the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software, which is a reliable product, widely used, and available free for Windows or Macintosh operating systems. With this powerful software, you can view and print a PDF file at any resolution to any home printer, at an office center such as Kinko’s, or at a commercial offset or digital printing company. You will need Acrobat Reader version 4.0 or higher to open these files. A Note About Copyrights. Build A Top Bar Beehive. PHOTO: Rachael Brugger Top bar beehives may be one of the oldest forms of domestic beekeeping; the first written report observing these hives comes from the 1600s.

Build A Top Bar Beehive

Made from different materials that are often repurposed or recycled, top bar hives can be observed around the world. Distinct in shape and size, the top bar beehive commonly features a single, rectangular or tub-shaped hive body with parallel bars spanning the width of the opening. Roll Your Own Extractor. “What are the odds this will catch fire and explode?”

Roll Your Own Extractor

Asked my wife, as I pitched her my latest project. A veteran, some would say survivor of fourteen years of my schemes and contraptions, my wife saw the gleam in my eye as soon as I started describing it. I never meant to own an extractor, not when I started. I planned to stay small, have two or three hives, and harvest my honey via crush and strain. Let's Make a Candyboard for Winter Feeding - Overwintering Honey Bees. By Anita Deeley at BeverlyBees.com Winter has arrived and the girls are hungry!

Let's Make a Candyboard for Winter Feeding - Overwintering Honey Bees

Time to make a Candyboard for Winter feeding. Destructive Bee Health Pests. In the mid-1980s, the number one destructive pest of the western honey bee (Apis mellifera), the parasitic mite Varroa destructor, was introduced to the United States and has since spread to almost all honey bee colonies in North America.

Destructive Bee Health Pests

Varroa was first detected on western honey bees back in the 1950s after shifting from its original host, A. cerana. It now is present in most areas of the world where the western honey bee is present, as a result of natural migration, but most actively with assistance from humans who move bees for trade both legally and illegally (Navajas, 2010). It is now difficult to find a “varroa-free” western honey bee colony anywhere except for Australia and Newfoundland in Canada, and possibly a few other isolated island locations. The Asian honey bee (Apis cerana) co-evolved with Varroa and has specific behavioral characteristics, such as hygienic grooming, that help to minimize the effects of the mite.

Scientific Beekeeping. Varroa Mite Reproductive Biology - eXtension. Learn about some of the latest research into bee decline.

Varroa Mite Reproductive Biology - eXtension

Managed Pollinator Coordinated Agriculture Program (CAP) Updates A National Research and Extension Initiative to Reverse Pollinator Decline This is part of an ongoing series of updates from the Managed Pollinator CAP. Additional installments can be found at the: CAP Updates Table of Contents. Essential Oil Recipe for Honeybees - DIY Living - GardenFork.TV. International Mating Nuc Inc. - Independent Beekeeping Research and Innovation by Mel Disselkoen. Beekeeping and Bee Breeding. Dave Cushman died on 22nd February 2011 A major reason why Dave generated this website, which is dedicated to the study of bees, is to educate, both beekeepers and the general public about bees in general and the specific methods used by beekeepers in handling bees as well as the means whereby we can breed "better" bees.

Beekeeping and Bee Breeding

Dave was an established beekeeper, passionately interested in Bee Breeding, particularly... Apis mellifera mellifera. Dave lived in the U.K. Beginner to Beginner Queen Rearing. You can learn to produce your own queens using this small, but scalable system.

Beginner to Beginner Queen Rearing

I originally wrote this article in 2011, since then I have continued to keep bees and rear some queens every year. I have tried most of the other popular methods, but this one is still my favorite for the size of my apiary and my needs. As I have learned new things I have incorporated those into this article. LATSHAW APIARIES - Resources. Read More About...

LATSHAW APIARIES - Resources

Resources The articles listed here provide additional information about instrumental insemination and some aspects of bee breeding. Most of the articles in this collection derive from Dr. Beekeeping and Bee Breeding. Killer Bees. Ecological Role:Competition among nectar- and pollen-feeding invertebrate pollinators and resource partitioning are affected by introduced Africanized Honey Bees.

Killer Bees

When Africanized Honey Bees compete with other species of honey bees for flowers, the Africanized bees may displace the other bees from the food sources. While over a short period of time, the abundance of other species of bee decreases and colony nectar and pollen harvest decreases, Africanized honeybees are negatively affected slightly over long periods. Competition is considered among one of the factors that are responsible for differences in foraging behavior and specialization in bees. Africanized Honey Bees have similar predators as all other bees. Honey bee species. Barnsley Beekeepers Association Bee keeping in Barnsley, South Yorkshire Copyright © All rights are reserved. Site terms Facts & Tips - Honey Bee Species. (PDF) Honey Comb Uncapping Tank & Super Dumping Board Plans. Solar Beeswax Extractor Plans (PDF) Homemade Honey Extractor Plans (PDF) Brood Hive Plans (PDF) Bee Hive & Frame Plans (PDF)

Bee Hive & Frame Plans (PDF)