Category Archives: Exams

Happy news and a honey tasting

Yesterday I came home to find a letter waiting. It had a nice surprise – I passed Module 2, which means I now have the BBKA’s Intermediate Theory Certificate. Please forgive me for posting about this, but I have so little … Continue reading

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Drawing the curtains for winter

Last weekend I took my Module 2 exam, Honey bee products and forage. I think it went well! Until the last five minutes, anyway. I had been wondering how I’d managed to finish on time and why I wasn’t frantically … Continue reading

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4th Honey bee products and forage revision post: the location and function of the extra-floral nectaries of broad bean, cherry laurel, cherry and plum

Before I became a beekeeper, I can’t remember ever learning about extra-floral nectaries. No-one goes to an extra-floral nectary show, or walks down the aisle clutching a bouquet of exquisite extra-floral nectaries. The world goes by without most of us ever thinking … Continue reading

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3rd Honey bee products and forage revision post: an account of the information that clover, field geranium, forget-me-not and horse chestnut communicate to the honey bee

2.19  an account of the importance of nectary guides to the foraging bee using a named example and describe how the following flowers, having been successfully pollinated, can indicate to bees that their visits are no longer required – clover, … Continue reading

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2nd Honey bee products and forage revision post: an illustrated description of the floral structure of apple

A 2nd revision post, topic picked at random, for the BBKA’s Module 2 exam, ‘Honeybee products and forage‘ in November. I know the diagram below is no great work of art, but research evidence suggests writing things down helps commit them … Continue reading

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Honey bee pests, diseases and poisoning exam feedback

In March this year I took the British Beekeeper Association’s Module 3 Honey bee Pests, Diseases and Poisoning exam. I was lucky enough to pass, but still asked for feedback as the examiners always give titbits of information I’ve never come … Continue reading

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10th Honey bee pests, diseases and poisoning revision post: Braula coeca: the ‘bee louse’

The BBKA’s Module 3 syllabus says ‘The Candidate shall be able to give: …an outline account of the life cycle of Braula coeca, its effect on the colony and a description of the differences between adult Braula and Varroa”. This … Continue reading

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