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colony # 98


family: apidae
genus: apis
species latin: apis mellifera
subspieces: apis mellifera carnica
species english: honeybee
colony in: hive nr 2
hive type: kempische hive
introduction to the garden: 2010-03-23
through: purchase
colony purchase address: Dr. G. Vandermeersch, Kortemark - Belgium
queens' birthday: 2009-05-20
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Colony description

A very active colony of carnica's on a 10 frames Kempische hive. Forthcoming from a second swarm - summer 2009. Treated against varroa with Tymol and Perizin. From the first day at their new home (23/3/2010), they forage actively and come back to the hive with loads of pollen.

Queen description

The queen is a young queen -2nd swarm- born in may 2009.
No special lineage. Carnica's 3rd generation.

Foraging areas

Brussels inner city gardens, parcs and wastelands. Surroundings of place Ste. Catherine and fishmarket. Willows, birches and fruittrees in spring. Linden trees (tilia) late spring, Ivy (hedera helix) of La Maison Bellone in autumn, to assure the winterstock of pollen.
In the so-on garden there are also patches of Tübinger mix flowers, especially for the honeybees and solitary bees.

Electronics introduction

Beehive n°2 is monitored with a temperature sensor and a humidity sensor, both cased into a simple digital home thermometer used for inside/outside t°.
The reading of the t° values gives us a control over the behaviour of the colony in the hive. How do they behave through winter, did the queen start ponding again, is there brood to take care of, how do the bees move through the hive.