Saturday, July 11, 2020

Assistant - requeen

Beekeeping records of queens are important. Selecting and replacing queen bees and managing bee swarms can help you maintain a successful bee colony. In general, older queens will not lay as well as a young queen.

Using Assistant you can check the age of the queens from an apiary and plan to re-queen hives based on a schedule.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Queen - color code

It is common practice to mark the queen with a small spot of paint on her back (thorax) so that the beekeeper finds it better among other bees and to determine their age.

The color indicate the year the queen was introduced.
  • white – for years that ends in 1 and 6 (ex. 2011, 2016)
  • yellow – for years that ends in 2 and 7 (ex. 2012, 2017)
  • red – for years that ends in 3 and 8 (ex. 2013, 2018)
  • green – for years that ends in 4 and 9 (ex. 2014, 2019)
  • blue – for years that ends in 0 and 5 (ex.2015, 2020)

Friday, July 3, 2020

Apiary Book 6.0

We've been listening to your feedback and are exited to share with you a few new features and upgrades:
- Academy - a new space for beekeepers who want to learn how to overcome the current challenges of modern beekeeping
- Improved queens' list
- Colonies movement - Latitude and Longitude added for Departure/Destination

Update now to the latest version 6.0:

Because we want to offer successful solutions that meets beekeepers’ expectations, we decided to offer Team Collaboration feature in a brand new app dedicated for beekeeping companies, stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Supporting beekeepers' efforts

In July, the bees will be doing what we all know bees to do… a lot of work. Bee colonies have reached the peak of their power, which means that the hives are strong due to the large number of bees.

As a beekeeper, you still have many activities to do in the apiary, the end of the beekeeping season is still far away.

We want to support the efforts you make every day in your apiary, so we offer you the opportunity to buy the PRO subscription for only 40 EURO for 6 months, so that you are ready for the challenges that will appear till the end of the year.

Find more:

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Beekeeping in Hawaii

Mark Baker is a beekeeper from Hawaii that helped Police and Fire with many Honeybee Emergencies.

He is passionate about honeybees of Hawaii. He is studying the effects of Bees to Hawaii's environment and the varroa mites impact on Hawaii' bees.

Want to know the history of honey bees in Hawaii?


As a beekeeper and more for 25+ years now here in Hawaii, I have spent years studying the honeybees of Hawaii. Honeybees are a fairly recent addition to Hawaii. It started with the royalty giving the new industry of raising cattle in Hawaii's dry areas. To feed the cattle on board the ships, they fed them pods from the mesquite trees of the mainland's southwest. Once they arrived at their portage, the cattle were tossed overboard to be ferried to shore. This might have been unsettling, since as soon as they reached shore, they pooped out the seeds wherever they landed and this was the beginning of the wild mesquite forests of Hawaii. Here they Mesquite is called Kiawe.

This was 1824. Always that ends way? Right? The Ranchers were to notice soon no pods being produced by their trees. Once they asked, they received their answer: there were no honeybees in Hawaii. Bingo! In 1857 when they then brought honeybees to Hawaii, the pods were heavily produced and their cattle were well fed ever where no rain fell since Kiawe[mesquite] sends it roots down 250 feet to look for subterranean sources of water.

At this time , also, the sail ship brought something that would have impacted the peoples in a bad way if not for the honeybees taking over the jobs that before the sail ships had been done by the native birds of Hawaii. Mosquitoes! This were more than just pests, they fed on the local birds at roost in the trees at night and soon these birds were sickened with TB and many types were lost. The crops of the islanders would have failed from no pollination and people would have starved, but the bees saw the tempting bloomsome and took on the task. Today, a well-cared for hive can produce 20 or more different types of our local honeys. As to production, I myself had 20 hives at a test bee yard producing 1560 pounds of Kiawe Honey yearly, each hive.

By studying these honeybees of Hawaii, I have found many here to fore missed things about honeybees of the world. It has been a wonderful field of study and a sweet reward as well!"

Saturday, June 27, 2020

How can you help?

Our community of beekeepers is the heart and soul of Apiary Book.

It's great to see beekeepers from around the world becoming contributors by helping with the development of Apiary Book solutions.

We invite you join in to shape the future of this project:

- help us with the translation of Apiary Book to French / Polish / Turkish or other languages;
- send us your feedback, ideas and improvements, your opinion is truly valued;
- play an active role in the community, share information and get valuable advice;
- promote Apiary Book on your social media channels: Twitter, Facebook groups, etc.
- choose to be a PRO subscriber (for the price of  3-4 cups of coffee per month)

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Your bees, our passion. Let's grow together!

Friday, June 26, 2020

Community support

Apiary Book Community Support is a place where beekeepers can request or offer help in their community.

Using Community Support you can:
1. respond to requests for help or create a new post to let others know how you can help;
2. request help for yourself by creating posts about what you need or searching posts to see if anyone is offering the help you’re looking for.

Communication with other beekeepers is done through messages.