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.

Fifth team member / Pátý člen týmu

Áďa became our important tester of bee traps. We have a new team member :-). // Áďa se stala významným prvním testerem našich hmyzích pastí. Je to nová posila našeho týmu.

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Endangered honey bees? / Ohrožené včely?

This winter is rather extreme. Many beekeepers have lost their bee colonies due to late deep frosts… / Tato zima je v mnohém extrémní. Řada včelařů již ztratila mnoho včelstev kvůli letošním pozdním mrazům…

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Phenological differences / Fenologické rozdíly

Three localities and one species (do you know its name?) immediatelly before flowering… / Tři lokality a jeden druh (poznáte jej?) těsně před rozkvětem…

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First look inside the hive / První pohled do včelího úlu

Time lapse video of first flights of weakened bee colony by strong end of the winter with temperatures below -15°C taken inside the hive (2018/03/11) / Časosběrné video prvních proletů včelí kolonie oslabené poměrně drsným koncem zimy s teplotami pod -15°C pořízené uvnitř včelího úlu (11. 3. 2018).

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Insect settlement / Hmyzí sídliště

Just we have finished 1800 flats for solitary bees. This settlement, if fully occupied, would support the housing for at least 10,000 residents. It is two times more than inhabitants of the pretty historical town Telč. / Právě jsme dokončili 1800 ubytovacích kapacit pro samotářské včely. Obsazením všech prostor bychom v tomto sídlišti umožnili ubytování nejméně pro 10 000 obyvatel. To je například asi dvojnásobek počtu obyvatel krásného historického města Telč.

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Candy board

February has common Indian name Hunger Moon. And it is true especially during this mild winter. Everything froze and many bees died during last month of low temperatures (below -15 °C). In addition, it seems that the spring will be late and faster than before. However, bee colony needs some time to breed a brood and educate young bees to be prepared for a new season. How to help them?

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Do you know, how much honey do bees eat over the year?

Bees themselves are the biggest honey consumers. They eat about 100 kg of honey over the year, which they collect during the growing season, mainly in May, June and July (in northern hemisphere). These months they also consume the highest amount of honey for the brood feeding…

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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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Next progress in solitary bee housing

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

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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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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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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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Brick pads

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

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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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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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