We plan to monitor and analyze the behaviour of six bee colonies at three different localities during the growing season 2018. Two colonies will be placed to the central part of the Mokrá quary, two others remain at the same conditions in abandoned Hády quarry and last two colonies will be monitored at the edge of small village Lažánky. Obtained data will be related  to the diversity and phenology of flowering plants in the surroundings of hives. We also plan to install some standardised nesting blocks for solitary bees at each locality to compare their density with the seasonal activity of honey bees. We will organise a meeting for the public in Lamacentrum Hády in June. Project web page with on-line data can be found at http://www.vcelyvlomu.cz.

Scale frame

Load cells of the hive scale will be installed bellow the back part of the hive. It is combined with two legs, which are necessary for hive stabilisation in the field …

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24Úno

Next progress in solitary bee housing

We have started to make traps, which will be installed in the field…

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20Úno

Successful pilot tests of ‚prefabricated building‘ for solitary bees

We are testing standardised design of solitary bee traps for the comparison of their density at different localities. But it seems that first potential inhabitant is too giant to occupy a free space…

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16Úno

Obligatory veterinary examination of bee debris

All beekeepers in the Czech Republic have to examine the level of Varroa mite infestation of their bees just in February. In addition, when they would like to move their hives at a new place in spring (as we will do it in Mokrá quarry), they must have all their bees veterinary tested for American foulbrood disease.

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13Úno

Fuel consumption and honey bee power

Bees are eating honey, warming up the hive and feeding first brood now. Thanks to first GSM scale we know, what the daily bee cluster consumption in winter is!

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10Úno

Brick pads

We have finished brick pads at each from three localities, where we will monitor hives…

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05Úno

Consultation with the expert

Ing. Antonín Přidal, Ph.D. is a biologist and bee expert working at Mendel University in Brno. He agreed with our consultation, how to plan monitoring of solitary bees at our localities…

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01Úno

Winter cleansing flight

The sun came out Today and the temperature reached 12 °C. And bees? We don't now if they are happy, but they look like. They left the hives for a quick bathroom break.

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Differences between localities

Landscape of the Mokrá quarry and its closed surroundings is compared with other two localities, where we will monitor our hives. As it can be seen from this comparison, all localities are rather different in diversity of biotopes…

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Prototype II of our electronics

Good look is a bonus. But even without it the electronics may also work without problems. Our open source project – GSM Hive Scale will be a great heart of our future monitoring. First prototype finished in September 2017 has already sent more than 60.000 measurements to the data storage system on internet (see http://www.vcelyvlomu.cz/en/localities/lazanky/). And the Prototype II is much better! It is designed to work only on batteries…

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Place for our hives

During a brief visit of the Mokrá quarry before Christmas 2017 Peter and I selected the best place for our future pair of monitored hives. And last week it was a time to return together. We fenced the area and prepared fixed pad for easy installation of monitoring system…

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Winter look inside the beehive

Winter is period of bee silence. Only a very weak noise is audible from each hive. Why? Honey bee colonies still have to regulate thermal conditions within their winter cluster. During the treatment by oxalic acid (varroa control) in December 2017 we sampled interesting infrared photographs of the interior of our hives…

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Our team

Let us to introduce ourselves. We are Lucka, Stáňa, Peter and Luboš – members of our team...

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First information about the project

Our team will observe the biodiversity of the Mokrá limestone quarry from an unusual angle. This project needed to be prepared for a long time before it started. We will be showing on-line charts of all monitored locatilites, software and details to the beekeeping methods, phenological records, comments to obtained informations and detailed results at separate web pages http://www.vcelyvlomu.cz, because this content cannot be published anywhere else. Follow us and see the project progress.

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