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Bloom In The Park 2014!

 

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Welcome Beekeepers & Friends!

Bloom runs from Thursday 29th May to Monday 2nd June 2014.

The Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations will have a marquee in the Conservation Zone. Please come find us & pick up some information on Beekeeping in Ireland, the Native Irish Black Bee & our very own Gormanston Summer School held from Sunday 27th July to Friday 1st August 2014.

 

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Beekeepers will be in the marquee to:

  • Show you an Observation Hive – see if you can spot the Queen!
  • Describe what Beekeeping involves and how you can get started.
  • Talk about what Bees can do for your garden.

To keep your garden blooming select some bee-friendly plants & flowers that will keep the “Bees of Ireland” thriving!

Check out all info via the Bloom website by clicking here.

Meet the beekeepers at Bloom 2011

Once again, FIBKA have been invited to exhibit at the June bank holiday ‘Bloom’ show in the Phoenix Park which runs from Thursday 2nd to bank holiday Monday 6th June. The County Dublin Beekeeepers’ Association and our friends the Fingal Beekeepers will run the stand on behalf of FIBKA.  We’ll be there for the entire show, with bees and expert beekeepers on hand.

Calling CDBKA members – we’d like your help in manning the stand, so please get in touch with a committee member if you can spare a few hours to represent us.

You’ll find us in the ‘Conservation at Bloom’ area – drop in and see us!

 

Beekeeping events Saturday, Sunday, Monday…

…and this one’s not an April Fool!

 

The film ‘colony’ will be shown at the Botanic Gardens this weekend.  Here’s the announcement:

“There will be a screening of the film ‘COLONY’ at the Lecture Theatre National Botanic Gardens next Saturday 2nd  & Sunday 3rd April at 2.30pm both days.

This documentary film highlighting the collapse of global honeybee populations due to the little-understood Colony Collapse Disorder was directed by Dubliner Ross McDonnell.

The unexplainable phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder has left landscapes of empty beehives all across America, threatening not only the beekeeping industry but our food supply.

As scientists and beekeepers search for the cause, Colony captures the struggle within the beekeeping community to save the honeybee and themselves.

Colony documents a time of unprecedented crisis in the world of the honeybee through the eyes of both veteran beekeeper, David Mendes, and Lance and Victor Seppi, two young brothers getting into beekeeping when most are getting out. As Mendes tries to save the nation’s collapsing hives, the Seppis try to keep their business alive amidst a collapsing economy.”

While not every beekeeper agrees with the film’s messages, it certainly is a good opportunity to see this film in a cinema setting. For more information contact the Bots at www.botanicgardens.ie.

 

Following that, next Monday, Co. Dublin BKA members are treated to the last of our spring lectures.  The lecturer is Jim Fletcher and his talk is entitled ‘That’s not in the book’.  If you are not yet a member you can still come along and join on the night.

8-legged honeybees found in Dublin Mountains

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Apis mellifera octopedis. The fourth leg is just visible on the left.

1st April, Dublin

Reports have reached the Co. Dublin beekeepers’ association that a mutant strain of eight-legged honeybees have been positively identified in feral honeybee colonies in the Dublin Mountains.  The new strain, provisionally named Apis mellifera octopedis is being studied by scientists from Teagasc’s Clonroche bee research centre.  Teagasc head of bee studies Dr. April Phoule explained  ‘this new strain of mutant bees was discovered by chance during surveys to test varroa for pyrethroid resistance.  It is a remarkable discovery’.

CDBKA secretary, Liam McGarry explained ‘this new strain will be of little practical use to beekeepers, as the extra legs are a version of the bee’s middle legs, and not the hind or front legs’.  Researchers have found that the ‘octopedis’ bees have a particular capacity for conveying the distance of nectar sources through the waggle dance.  Commented Dr. Phoule ‘with their extra leg, they are better able to keep time to the dance.  It is rather like watching a bee do the hokey-cokey’.

For a copy of the full Teagasc report on this fascinating new creature, see the following link: http://tinyurl.com/apis-m-octopedis-study.   The Co. Dublin beekeepers’ association hopes to acquire at least one Apis mellifera octopedis queen in order to establish a colony to test for resistance to seasonal humour.  Members are encouraged to check their bee colonies for eight-legged workers and report sightings to the committee.