Our local bee inspector called to check that there are no signs in our colonies already of these two tropical insects...
Small Hive Beetle (stolen from the internet obviously: ladepeche.fr)
...Small Hive Beetle, originally from Africa (Aethina tumida) and Tropilaelaps (a mite) from Asia, which are on their way to Britain and would cause havoc in the beekeeping industry.
The Beehive Gatwick
Fencepost Jumping Spider (Marpissa muscosa)
Varroa mite (1.5mm wide)
Varroa on larvae pulled out of a cell
Bee with Deformed Wing Virus
Give us more space!
All our colonies had DWV last year in varying degrees, but they all seemed to fly it off in the sunshine; or were there so many bees that we didn’t see the sick ones crawl away amongst them?
Heads in cells
The best way to get rid of diseased equipment.
Book Scorpion, Chelifer cancroides (Wikimedia Commons). Up to 4mm
Incidentally, the Beenature-Project in Germany which is studying the Book Scorpion has discovered, or rediscovered that associated with feral Honey Bee colonies (which often live in trees), are these tiny arachnids living in the cracks of the wood and feeding on the blood of the Varroa mite. Hope springs eternal! A great story, check it out - Beenature-Project. All those musty old books from your grandma’s attic can now be used to save the honeybee. Now, where’s that jumping spider………….
Camellia; blousy but simple enough for a bee to collect pollen.