Loque europeia

European Loque

European Loque Larvae with European foulbrood, showing yellow stripes that increase and become brown as soon as the larval tissue is destroyed. This appearance continues until the larva’s death. Definition Infectious-contagious disease affecting bees’ rearing in a few days, two or three days. It is characterized by producing morbid processes in the midgut, ventricle and…

Loque americana

American Loque

American Loque Causer agent American foulbrood is a bacterial disease produced by the bacillus Paenibacillus larvae (White, 1906) a flagellate mobile microorganism, which is in the form of a rod about 2.5 to 5 microns wide by 0.4 to 0.8 micros . A key feature of P. larvae is the formation of endospores, extremely resistant…

Ascoferiose

Ascosferiosis

Ascosferiosis Ascosferiosis is an invasive mycosis that affects exclusively the larvae at three, four days of life. Also known as “create chalk”, due to its characteristic appearance and consistency that resemble the plaster fragments. It is the most frequent mycosis of the bee producing honey and is produced by the fungus Ascosphaera apis, which causes…

Aethinose

Aethinosis

Aethinosis Definition: The small beetle coleopteran, Aethina tumida (Murray), is a size larger than the head of a bee (5 to 7mm in length and 3 to 4.5mm in width). So it is much smaller than any beetle. Aethina tumidae, also known as the “small beehive of the hive”, belongs to the Arthropoda phylum, the…

Acarapisose

Acarapisose

Acarapisose Definition It is a contagious endoparasitosis, which invades the respiratory tract of adult bees, located in the first pair of trachea, which can cause death of the infested colony. Geographic distribution Acarapisose, discovered in Britain, was mistaken for the disease on the Isle of Wight until 1921, the year Rennie needed its etiology. The…

Fossil of Bee

Fossil of Bee To the left the oldest fossil of the bees ancestor, the “Electrapis” found in amber (resin). To the right a fossil of bees where the parts of the bee’s body are clearly visible and the corbícula (basket where the pollen is deposited) is highlighted in the paw (Photos published in Ruttner, 1992).…

Roman Fountain

Roman Fountain The source “Api del Bernini” or “Fontana delle Api”, in the city of Rome, is well known by tourists and the numerous photographs taken there. Today, despite being vandalized and damaged by people with few or no concerns with its historical heritage, it continues to show us the bee’s importance in the traditions…

What if the bees died?

How would your supermarket look if all the bees died? The bees, clearly in decline, pollinate a number of foods that we simply love. The problem may not merit the attention and concern of most consumers, far removed from the real meaning of bee extinction in the world. That’s why Whole Foods in Texas decided…

The Bees in antiquity

The Bees in antiquity Because of their importance in feeding, curing diseases and other uses, hives served as models for various temples of antiquity; the Egyptian temple of the goddess Neith was known as “the house of the bees,” the honey serving as a symbol of protection and used in the consecration of the foundations…

Mel

Honey

Honey Do you know that… … although the number of calories of honey is equal to that of sugar, its sweetening power is three times higher and therefore allows you to use a smaller amount making it advisable in the diets. Portuguese honey is considered one of the best in Europe. … the honey used…