First occupants

Bees installed ...

Bees installed …

Late last week, in the dark and rain, the first two honeybee colonies were installed in the bee house on our research apiary. The warm(ish) and dry environment will greatly benefit our research by helping us harvest larvae and pupae whatever the weather conditions are outside. In addition, we expect brood rearing by the colony to be extended earlier and later in the season, so enabling us to undertake more extensive studies of the biology of deformed wing virus.

The bee shed has special windows – just about visible in the poor quality cellphone picture – that allows the bees that leave the hive when the roof is removed to ‘escape’ from the shed … they can then re-enter the hive via a tunnel entrance through the shed wall.