Category Archives: Bee biology

3rd Honeybee behaviour revision posts: the queen’s egg laying behaviour & seasonal variations in the size of a colony

On with the revision posts for my BBKA Module 6 Honeybee Behaviour exam. I’m trying to work my way through the 21 sections on the syllabus, but the exam date is March 19th, so I’d better start doing more than one … Continue reading

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2nd Honeybee behaviour revision post: honey bee mating

Revision post for this week: section 6.2 of the BBKA’s Module 6 syllabus – the mating behaviour of the honey bee queen and drone including an account of the pheromones involved and the concept of drone congregational areas Virgin queens … Continue reading

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1st Honeybee behaviour revision post: bee jobs

This is a revision post for the BBKA Module 6 Honeybee Behaviour exam. I’m trying to work my way through the syllabus, one section at a time. Starting at the beginning: 6.1 The candidate shall be able to give a … Continue reading

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Michaelmas daisies, bees’ feet and pheromones

Another wet, damp day at the apiary yesterday. But my little bees were still out in force, carrying back swollen pollen baskets filled with a bright yellow and golden pollen. I asked John Chapple what they might be finding, and … Continue reading

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