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Discover Beekeeping A Beginner Beekeepers Guide

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The Beekeeping Bible

The Beekeeping Bible is A Beekeepers Guide + Along with short stories throughout that show signs of A Promise of Hope for us and our special winged insects. Below you will find the Index: The Beginning History of Beekeeping- These are things I never knew before. The Biology of Bees. African Bees- Get ready, cause here they come. The Life Cycle of the Honey Bee- every beekeeper has to know this one in order to be productive. The Worker Bees. How You can Become a Beekeeper. Honey. The Queen Bee. 1.Queen Management Techniques. 2. She Was All By Herself A new discovery 3. A Virgin Queen Story 4. Raising Queens (plus, how I do it) 5. Grafting and Other Ways. Feeding the Bees (picture of bees feeding at. ) I Just Have To Tell This Story you'll really enjoy this one. Nectar Substitutes. Pollen Substitutes Why and when to use. Your First Bees. 1. Established Colonies. 2. Nucleus Colonies (Nucs) 3. Package Bees. 4. Swarms. 5. Stands For Your Hives (Plus, Pictures of some of my hives on stands) Clothing & Gear you'll Need. How to Handle Bees. Ordering Your package Bees. My Very Interesting Discovery. Another Discovery of My Own. Swarming (plus, stories and some of my pictures) Transferring Your Bees to Their New Home. Family Owned Beekeeping Companies. Promise of Hope my short story. Bacterial Diseases. Viruses & Fungel Diseases. Varroa Mites. Tracheal Mites

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Defining Social And Eusocial Traits

If social behaviour is recognized as simply involving communication and cooperation, then because honey bees live in colonies a great deal of their behaviour will be subsumed by this definition. Indeed, few bee behavioural traits could be truly excluded from the social label. Certain traits will,

Task Stimulus And Task Threshold

Proboscis Extension Response Honey Bee

FIG. 5 The social and genetic structure of a honey bee colony. A single queen mates with multiple fathering drones to produce female (worker) offspring. The offspring sired by each drone represent different patrilines among the workers. Behavioural variation among patrilines can indicate that behavioural variation has a genetic basis. The queen will also lay unfertilized eggs parthenogenetically, which give rise to male (drone) offspring. FIG. 5 The social and genetic structure of a honey bee colony. A single queen mates with multiple fathering drones to produce female (worker) offspring. The offspring sired by each drone represent different patrilines among the workers. Behavioural variation among patrilines can indicate that behavioural variation has a genetic basis. The queen will also lay unfertilized eggs parthenogenetically, which give rise to male (drone) offspring. likely to be found engaged in nest-based tasks than patrilines with rapid behavioural development. Thus, we...

Breeding And Selecting For Colonylevel Traits

Unlike all other livestock, the productivity of honey bee colonies does not depend primarily on individual physiological traits, like growth rate, but on social traits, like honey hoarding and defensiveness. Even a trait like disease resistance is strongly influenced by social factors (e.g. hygienic behaviour) (Evans et al., 2006), as well as by the individual's innate immune system. Thus, when beekeepers seek to genetically improve honey bee The genetic improvement of honey bees for commercial beekeeping is beset with problems. As mentioned in the Introduction, because of the genetic load imposed by the sex locus, the effects of inbreeding are severe in honey bees. Therefore, the design of a successful selection program must minimize the rate of inbreeding (Page and Laidlaw, 1982 Ruttner, 1988 Ebbersten, 1996 Laidlaw and Page, 1997). One breeding design that is useful in making genetic progress and minimizing the effects of inbreeding is shown in Fig. 9. In this design, a series of...

Reverse Genetics

One example of a targeted screen involved testing malvolio (mvl) as a contributing factor affecting foraging behaviour in honey bee workers (Ben-Shahar et al., 2004). In this study, mvl was chosen as a candidate because, as a manganese transporter, it is known to influence responsiveness to sucrose in Drosophila, and variation in sucrose response among individuals is known to influence foraging-related task-specialization in honey bees (see Section 4.3.2). Ben-Shahar and colleagues showed that the levels of mvl mRNA in the brain cells of workers are strongly associated with differences in worker foraging activity pollen foragers tend to have higher levels of mvl transcript than nectar foragers and foragers of either type have higher levels than do non-foraging nurse bees. It appears that some feeding-related genes in Drosophila are also related to feeding in Apis, and in the case of honey bees may be related to age-based task specialization.

Circadian Rhythms

As flowers do not secrete nectar uniformly throughout the day (Beutler, 1930), honey bees live by the clock. Foragers readily learn to visit flowers or an artificial feeder only when nectar is available (Beling, 1929 Wahl, 1932 Visscher and Seeley, 1982 Schneider and McNally, 1993). Furthermore, time is crucial to the honey bee's navigation system. Bees use the current position of the sun's azimuth as an arbitrary reference point from which direction is measured, both when performing communication dances and when flying to and from their feeding place (von Frisch, 1967). Unlike the human arbitrary directional reference (north), the bee's reference The study of the molecular basis of circadian rhythm in honey bees is still in its infancy, but mechanisms are likely to be similar to those that have been elucidated in other insects. Apis orthologues of Per oscillate in their expression diurnally in both A. mellifera (Toma et al., 2000 Bloch et al., 2003) and A. cerana (Shimizu et al.,...

Management Of Virus Infections

Viral disease outbreaks as well as inapparent viral infections can seriously affect the profitability of the beekeeping industry. Beekeepers are advised to take measures to limit viral infections, although as with any other animal and plant viruses, chemotherapies for killing bee viruses are currently not possible. An integrated pest management program for bee diseases caused by viruses should include at least the following three components (1) accurate diagnosis of diseases that allows rapid development and implementation of control strategies, (2) good beekeeping management practice that enhances honey bees' natural immunity to virus infections, and (3) selecting and breeding of disease-resistant strains of honey bees. A rapid and accurate diagnosis of virus infections is a critical component of the virus surveillance and control program. It will help to determine the epidemiology of bee viral infections and to monitor honey bee colonies for viruses to prevent the spread of...

Common Honey Bee Viruses

Viruses could attack at different developing stages and castes of the honey bees, including eggs, larvae, pupae, adult worker bees, adult drones, and queen of the colonies. Although bee viruses usually persist as inapparent infections and cause no overt signs of disease, they can dramatically affect honey bee health and shorten the lives of infected bees under certain conditions (Ball and Allen, 1988 Martin, 2001). Of 18 viruses identified to attack honey bees, six viruses, namely, Deformed wing virus (DWV), Black queen cell virus (BQCV), Sacbrood virus (SBV), Kashmir bee virus (KBV), Acute bee paralysis virus (ABPV), and Chronic bee paralysis virus (CBPV) are the most common infections and have been objects of active research currently. bee development, including egg, larvae, and pupae. When pupae at the normally multiplies slowly and rarely kills the pupae, instead mostly causing deformity and early death in newly emerged adult bees. Adult honey bees infected with DWV usually appear...

Colonylevel defense

The honey bee colony is considered to be a superorganism since a bee colony often acts as a single unit to share labor, specialize in tasks, and coordinate efforts. The homogeneous genetic structure, close physical contact, and extensive social interactions among individuals make bee colonies especially vulnerable to the infection and transmission of pathogens. On the other hand, the highly elaborate social organization of bee colonies poses a special advantage for bee immunity to defend against the infection of pathogens and to improve the survival of the colonies (Evans and Pettis, 2005 Fries and Camazine, 2001 Naug and Camazine, 2002). Therefore, it is sometimes necessary to look at the host defense mechanisms at the colony level. Completion of genome sequences of the honey bee shows that A. mellifera, compared to Anopheles and Drosophila, has fewer paralogs for genes related to innate immunity, with about one-third of the total number of genes found in Anopheles and Drosophila for...

Physical and chemical barriers

Honey bee viruses usually enter the host through the alimentary tract during feeding or trauma on the body surface, though they can also directly enter the blood circulation via bites by varroa mites or other insects. Like other insects, honey bees can utilize both physical and chemical barriers as a primary line of passive defense to avoid infection. Both physical and chemical barriers confer nonspecific immunity to honey bees. The physical barrier includes the outer cuticle exoskeleton, the chitinous linings of the trachea, the cuticle lining of the foregut and hindgut, and the peritrophic membrane of the midgut. The rigid epidermal cuticle physically separates internal tissues from the external environment and thereby provides protection against microbial invasion. The peritrophic membrane, a chitinous matrix lining of the midgut, constitutes a second interface protecting internal tissues from external environment and also functions as a permeability barrier to keep pathogens that...

Cellular immune response

Although the physical and chemical barriers usually keep pathogens from entering the body, pathogens occasionally break through these defenses and begin to multiply. Whenever physical and chemical barriers are breached, honey bees can actively protect themselves from infection by employing an innate immunity response which represents a second line of defense and occurs immediately on infection. The primary goal of The cell-mediated immune response to fungus infections has been characterized in honey bees (Glinski and Buczek, 2003). Two critical enzymes, phenol oxidase and glucose dehydrogenase that play an important role in melanin synthesis and are necessary for defense against intruding microorganisms and parasites, are present in the hemolymph of the honey bees (Yang and Cox-Foster, 2005 Zufelato et al., 2004). The genes that encode serine protease and serpins, which involve in the binding of PAMPs to PGRPs and GNBPs, have been identified in the genome of the honey bee, suggesting...

Host Defense Mechanisms

While the humoral and cellular immune responses to bacterial and fungal infections have been characterized and documented in honey bees, relatively little is known concerning how honey bees recognize and fight viral infections. However, we believe that honey bees do possess effective defense mechanisms that protect them from virus infections. The commonly observed phenomenon that viruses persist in apparently healthy colonies as latent infections is a good indication that honey bees have the innate ability to resist the multiplication of virus infections. Recent work has indicated that RNA interference (RNAi) is a natural, conserved mechanism of antiviral immunity in plants, vertebrates, and insects (Keene et al., 2004 Li et al., 2002 Voinnet, 2001). RNAi is an RNA-dependent gene silencing process triggered by a long double-stranded RNA (dsRNA). When dsRNA is introduced into a cell, a specific RNaseIII endonuclease, Dicer, binds and cleaves dsRNA to produce double-stranded fragments...

Future Directions

In recent years, progress in honey bee virus research has been impressive. However, infections of viruses in honey bees have not been fully characterized at the molecular level and there are many gaps in our knowledge of the key processes underlying the dynamics of virus transmission, epidemiology, pathogenesis, and host immunity to virus infections. For example, what mechanisms regulate the virus transmission process, how viral gene expression contributes to disease pathogenesis, and how host immune responses regulate virus survival and replication In addition, recent progress in the understanding of bee virus infections is limited to the aforementioned six honey bee viruses the other previously identified honey bee viruses such as Filamentous virus, A. iridescent virus, Cloudy wing virus, Bee virus X, Bee virus Y, Arkansas bee virus, Egypt bee virus, slow paralysis virus, Thai Sacbrood, and Berkeley bee picornavirus remain poorly characterized. Moreover, identified viruses can act...

Humoral immune response

Several antimicrobial peptides including abaecin, apidaecin, hyme-noptaecin, and defensin have been identified in the hemolymph of honey bees on induction of bacterial infections (Casteels et al., 1989, 1990 Casteels-Josson et al., 1994). These peptides do appear to be involved in the bee immune response to pathogen infections. A recent genome-wide analysis of honey bee immunity indicates that honey bees possess ortho-logues for the core members involved in different recognition and signaling pathways including Toll, Imd, Jak-STAT, as well as JNK, which is also a pivotal actor in the Drosophila immune response and involves the activation of transcriptional factor, Basket, though the functions of most honey bee components in these pathways remain to be validated (Evans et al., 2006). The data generated from Drosophila studies indicate that insects have an effective innate immune system that is able to respond not only to bacterial and fungal infections but also to viral infections....

Transmission Modes

Honey bees are eusocial insects and are characterized by the following traits (1) they live in colonies consisting of overlapping generations one mother queen and her successors, 20,000-60,000 workers and several hundred drones (2) there is a reproductive division of labor, that is, sterile workers contribute their entire lives to support reproduction of a single egg-laying queen in the colony and (3) each member of the bee colony works together in a highly structured social order and engages in extensive coordinating activities, including rearing brood, defending against invaders, foraging for food, and constructing the combs. The densely crowded populations and high contact rate between colony members in honey bee colonies provide an ideal environment for transmission of pathogens. Because of the importance of the transmission processes in the dynamics of virus infections, elucidation of virus transmission in honey bees represents one of the rapidly developing research fields. Our...

Causal relationship between a virus and a disease

One of the biggest challenges of studying virus pathogenesis in honey bees is linking the virus infection with a particular disease and therefore evaluating the economic impact of the virus infection. In the field, honey bees are often infected by multiple viruses simultaneously, most of these viruses usually persisting as latent infections in the bee hosts. In addition, virus infections in honey bees are often associated with the infection of other pathogens and infestation of parasites. Therefore, it is difficult to prove that one disease is indeed caused by a particular virus and not the result of mixed virus infections when hosts harbor multiple viruses. However, studies with DWV have revealed that quantification of virus loads using sequence-based methods provides a new way for proving disease causation in infected bees (Chen, 2005 Chen et al., 2004a). Detection of the virus by RT-PCR assay showed that DWV was present not only in 100 of the adult bees with symptoms of wing...


The honey bee, Apis mellifera L. (Hymenoptera Apidae), is found all over the world and plays an important role in the global economy by assisting in the pollination of a wide variety of food crops and by producing honey, beeswax, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, and other hive products. To ensure an adequate supply of bees for the pollination of agricultural crops and the production of hive products, a healthy and vigorous population of honey bees will be essential. However, like other animals, honey bees are inevitably subject to infection by a wide variety of pathogens that are responsible for significant colony losses. Among honey bee pathogens, viruses pose one of the major threats to the health and well-being of honey bees and have caused serious concerns for researchers and beekeepers. Viruses were first identified as a new class of pathogens infecting honey bees when a US scientist, Dr. White, discovered that a filterable agent from diseased bee larvae could cause sacbrood...

Host range

Honey bee viruses display a host range that is not restricted to their original A. mellifera host. Apart from the European honey bee, A. mellifera, infections of SBV, KBV, and DWV have been reported in the eastern honey bee A. cerana. Except for CBPV, the other five common bee viruses, DWV, SBV, BQCV, KBV, and ABPV, are found to be harbored by the varroa mite. The host range of ABPV was shown to extend to at least three bumble bee species (Bailey and Gibbs, 1964). KBV also has alternate hosts in nature and infection of KBV has been detected in bumble bees (Bombus spp.) from New Zealand and German wasps (Vespula germanica) from Australia (Anderson, 1991). Current detection of DWV, in bumble bees, B. terrestris and B. pascuorum, demonstrated the ability of DWV to expand its host range (Genersch et al., 2006). Evidence that honey bee viruses exploit multiple host species in their habitat reflects the genetic variability and quasispecies nature of bee viruses. When a virus is expanded to...

Tissue tropism

The surface of a host cell (2) the suitability of viral entry sites to support virus replication and (3) the ability of the virus to escape from the host's immediate immunity and thereby to establish long-term chronic or latent infections. The first step of virus infection is the interaction between the viral capsid protein and the specific receptor on the surface of the susceptible host cell to allow the viral RNA to enter the cell cytoplasm. Despite the fact that virus entry processes have been well established for several family members of the Picornaviridae, such as Poliovirus (Basavappa et al., 1998 Mendelsohn et al., 1989), molecular mechanisms of receptor recognition that determine the tissue tropism of honey bee viruses are currently unknown. Research on studying cellular aspects of the pathogenesis of honey bee viruses is largely impeded by the lack of certified virus-free bees and an in vitro cultivation system. While a long-term cultivation of honey bee cells has been...


Possess a buoyant density in CsCl ranging from 1.33 to 1.42 g ml, and a sedimentation coefficient between 100S and 190S (Bailey, 1976 Ball and Bailey, 1991). It is a common phenomenon that several viruses of similar size and shape coexist in natural populations of honey bees (Anderson and Gibbs, 1988 Chen et al., 2004c). Purified virus preparations are therefore rarely free of contaminating viruses. As shown in Fig. 1, the virus preparation used for electron microscope analysis was determined by Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) analysis to contain four different viruses BQCV, DWV, KBV, and SBV. No significant differences in virion size and morphology could be observed among the virus particles that comprised the four different viruses (Chen et al., 2004c). This is in general agreement with previous EM studies of viruses isolated from bees (Bailey and Ball, 1991 Bailey and Woods, 1977) and bee mites (Kleespies et al., 2000).


Elucidation of virus pathogenesis requires investigation of many biological features of the viruses and their respective hosts. While transmission pathways of honey bee viruses have been well studied, not much is known about the pathogenesis of viruses in honey bees. In this section, we focus on the current available information involving pathogenic processes of virus infections in honey bees.

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Beekeeping for Beginners

The information in this book is useful to anyone wanting to start beekeeping as a hobby or a business. It was written for beginners. Those who have never looked into beekeeping, may not understand the meaning of the terminology used by people in the industry. We have tried to overcome the problem by giving explanations. We want you to be able to use this book as a guide in to beekeeping.

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