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12 : Month by Month in your Apiary supersedure cells rather than swarming cells include:

• they can be produced in a colony which is not particularly overcrowded

• they are often found on the face of the comb, rather than round the bottom edges

• there are usually less than six, even down to just one

• they are often produced outside the swarming season.

If you leave the cell, with a bit of luck the daughter queen will find enough drones to mate with. Mother and daughter queens may even lay side by side for a while. Then the mother queen disappears … This is when you might notice a brand new queen marching about, without a mark. Amend your records accordingly and rejoice!

MAQS® strips in place Supersedure is quite common at this time of year. You may well see two queens in the hive

Varroa Monitoring Continue to count the varroa mites falling

through the mesh floor onto a collecting tray. A daily drop of above 30 indicates that the colony is in danger of imminent collapse and needs immediate medication to prevent this. As August is when a great deal of nectar can be collected, this presents a dilemma. How can you treat when a food crop is being collected? The new Mite Away Quick Strips (MAQS®) have been given approval from the Veterinary Medicines

Video Clips

Thank you to Kate Rawson for sending me this link: The video shows drones following and mating with a queen – in mid-air! The text describes how the film was made. (Scroll down a page to find the video.)

Directorate and are thus on the list of approved beekeeping medicines. They can be used with honey supers on as the active ingredient degrades very quickly, leaving no residues.

Follow the instructions carefully and keep

a record of their use. Adequate ventilation is essential, ie, mesh floor and no entrance block. It should be possible to treat before any autumn feeding is started, towards the end of August. ¤

Topical Tips!

Bees may be in desperate need of water for cooling their hives. Thanks to Tony Maggs for this tip: Create a mini-pond near your apiary. A header tank holds several gallons of water which can be set to drip into a container. This can feature a gravel beach for the bees to land safely (bees can’t swim!) and oxygenating water plants to keep the water clean.

Jobs for this Month

• Although there is no need to carry out weekly inspections, it is a good idea to make a thorough inspection dedicated to checking for disease. If there is any deviation from healthy brood, eg, discoloured, twisted larvae, or sunken, moist, perforated cappings, ask for help from your local Disease Liaison Officer or Seasonal Bee Inspector. There are many leaflets available with colour photographs which you can download from BeeBase (, then Advisory Leaflets) or see the Bee Craft Apiary Guides (

• Continue harvesting honey once it is sealed. • Check for varroa and consider if a treatment is necessary. • Look out for offers on sugar and buy it ready for starting feeding if necessary in early September.

• Start to reduce the numbers of supers available to the bees. Put the empty supers into storage, protected from wax moth. August 2013 Vol 95 No 8

NOD Apiaries

Tony Maggs

Adrian Waring

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