We regularly publish blog posts or share podcasts about the work we are doing. We hope you enjoy reading and listening and learning more about smart hive technology and how it can help beekeepers create more time to do the beekeeping they love most.

How to detect if bee hives have been disturbed

A useful feature of the ApisProtect Monitor is that it provides movement alerts. This helps to save colonies quickly during the winter by detecting hives that have been blown over by storms or knocked over by farm or wild animals and exposing such colonies to bad weather. Read our latest blog here. 

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Figure 1: ApisProtect dashboard displaying movement alerts.

Was the weather in July good for honey bee foraging in Ireland? 

Read our latest blog on honey bee foraging conditions in Ireland for July 2021. July was a scorching month with Met Éireann reporting record breaking temperatures at seven of their weather stations.

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Figure 1. a) Foraging conditions in Ireland throughout July 2021, lighter shades indicate better foraging conditions. b) Comparison of July 2021 foraging conditions to the 10-year historical average for July, blue areas experienced a worse July than average while those shaded red had a better month than average. Uses Met Éireann Data licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence.

Do you know all the benefits of honey? 

 CSO and Co-Founder Dr Pádraig Whelan discussed the process in how honey is made, a normal day for a working honey bee and touched on honey adulteration with Colin Mc Stay on Dublin City FM. Read our full blog post here.

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Did you know honey is one of the most faked foods in the world? 

Food fraud is rampant, especially in honey production. Read our latest blog on honey adulteration and honey mislabelling. 

 

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June Honey Bee Foraging Conditions Ireland

Read our latest blog showing how luckily for Irish beekeepers and the colonies they manage, Met Éireann reports that June was dry overall with high pressure dominating our weather for most of the month.

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Figure 1. a) Foraging conditions in Ireland throughout June 2021, lighter shades indicate better foraging conditions. b) Comparison of June 2021 foraging conditions to the 10-year historical average for June, blue areas experienced a worse June than average while those shaded red had a better month than average.
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May Honey Bee Foraging Conditions Ireland

Read our latest blog showing that meteorological foraging conditions were worse than their long-term average countrywide in May 2021.

ApisProtect May Honey Bee Foraging Conditions Ireland 2021

Figure 1. a) Foraging conditions in Ireland throughout May 2021, lighter shades indicate better foraging conditions. b) Comparison of May 2021 foraging conditions to the 10-year historical average for May, blue areas experienced a worse May than average while those shaded red had a better month than average. Uses Met Éireann Data licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence.

April Honey Bee Foraging Conditions Ireland

The effect of the weather on honey bees and the productivity of their #hives is of particular interest to #beekeepers all over the world. Read our latest blog to learn more about foraging activity in Ireland this April.

a) Foraging conditions in Ireland throughout April 2021, lighter shades indicate better foraging conditions. b) Comparison of April 2021 foraging conditions to the 10 year historical average for April, blue areas experienced a worse April than average while those shaded red had a better month than average. Uses Met Éireann Data licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence.

Our latest blog highlights how the cold weather has impacted on our colonies.

The ApisProtect hive monitor helps you better understand and appreciate the internal dynamics of the colonies you manage, deepening your understanding of the lives your bees lead and enriching your beekeeping experience.

 

Organisational Patterns within the Hive

We have noticed some interesting organisational patterns in the hive,  with some hives populating to the side of the beehives rather than central as is usually expected. Read more about our observations here.

Learn about bees and bee technology in this short interview with Dr Pádraig Whelan on Dublin City FM.

Thank you to Dublin City FM for having our CSO and co-founder of ApisProtect Dr Pádraig Whelan on their show to chat about all things bees with Sam Mossad. Listen to Dr Pádraig Whelan talk about our bee monitoring technology and how this technology can help both…

To learn more about the ApisProtect monitor and how it can help beekeepers save both their time and resources, listen to our CEO Dr Fiona Edwards Murphy and CSO Dr Pádraig Whelan talk with the Federation of Irish Beekeepers Association in their recent webinar.

With a limited number of hobbyist monitors available exclusively in Ireland, pre-order your ApisProtect hobbyist monitor now.

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