Wally Shaw gave an excellent talk of swarm control at our meeting in April 2015.
His booklet is available free of charge on the Welsh beekeepers website:
Martin Walter Shaw, or Wally as he likes to be known will be joining us from Anglesey for our September meeting. Wally has been awarded an OBE for services to the National Bee Unit along with his background in science Wally has been keeping bees since 1987 and has published several books on the subject.
‘The honey bee, Varroa and deformed wing virus (DWV)’
Wally is progressing his understanding of the complexion of this topic all the time so the talk that we will hear will be based on his most recent research.
The three-way evolutionary battle (between the bee, Varroa and DWV).
Where is it going to end and on what time scale? What can we as beekeepers do about it? The species jump of Varroa from the Apis cerana to Apis melliefera is what has caused the problem in the first place, so the early part of the talk covers the biology of the mite and how its life cycle works in its new host. The talk will begin by looking at the biology of the mite and how its life cycle works in its new host. At the end of the talk Wally will facilitate a discussion of the various ways that have and are being used to control Varroa and finally, the implications of non-treatment.
This should be a fascinating topic from a leading bee expert on a subject that is at the forefront of the modern beekeepers’ mind.