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Devon County Show

125th Devon County Show 2021

Devon County Showground, Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Devon EX5 1DJ.

Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th July, 2021. Showground open 8am onwards. Trade stands open 9am every day.

www.devoncountyshow.co.uk/

Axe Vale Show

Axe Vale Festival 2021

The Showground, The Trafalgar Way, AXMINSTER, EX13 5RJ.

10am to 5:30 pm on Saturday 19th June and 10am to 5:00pm on Sunday 20th June, 2021.

https://www.axevaleshow.com/

Honiton Show

130th Honiton Show 2021

A Traditional Show for the farming Community.

Thursday 5th August 2021.

Show open from 8.00am – 6.00pm

www.honitonshow.co.uk/

Bee Trade ExhibitionBee Trade Exhibition 2021

13th March 2021, 9.00am to 4.30pm

Hall H2, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG.

www.beetradex.co.uk

BBKA Spring Convention

BBKA Spring Convention 2021

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 16th – 18th April 2021.

Harper Adams University College, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 8NB

BBKA Spring Convention

National Honey Show

The National Honey Show 2021

The National Honey Show will be open to the public from: Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd October 2021.

Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AJ

http://www.honeyshow.co.uk/

News & Events

US beekeepers sue over imports of fake
asian honey.

Read the article HERE.

Marks and Spencer project threat to honeybee diversity?

Good thing or bad thing? You decide. Read the article HERE.

Liquid gold: beekeepers defying Yemen war to produce the best honey

Read the article HERE.

Fungus creates fake fragrant flowers to fool bees

Fungi have been discovered making fake flowers that look and even smell like the real thing, fooling bees and other pollinating insects into visiting them.

Read the article HERE.

Spiders Can Fly Hundreds of Miles Using Electricity

Scientists are finally starting to understand the centuries-old mystery of “ballooning.”

Read the secrets HERE

Making a beeline: wildflower paths across UK could save species

Conservation charity aims to help restore 150,000 hectares of bee-friendly corridors to save the insects from extinction.

Read the article HERE.

Bees force plants to flower early by cutting holes in their leaves
Hungry bumblebees can coax plants into flowering and making pollen up to a month earlier than usual by punching holes in their leaves.
Bees normally come out of hibernation in early spring to feast on the pollen of newly blooming flowers. However, they sometimes emerge too early and find that plants are still flowerless and devoid of pollen, which means the bees starve.
Read the article HERE.
Pesticide made from spider venom kills pests without harming bees
Funnel-web spiders have neurotoxins in their bite that can kill an adult human yet they might turn out to be our allies if the small hive beetle ever reaches the UK.
Scientists at the University of Durham and Fera Science think the spiders may provide the weapon we need to stop the beetles.
The spider venom contains a cocktail of ingredients and one of them – Hv1a – is toxic to most insects, including the small hive beetle, but does not seem to affect bees or humans.
Hv1a needs to be injected to be effective. Just swallowing the toxin is ineffective as it is degraded in their gut. To get round this the team have bound Hv1a to a molecule from the common snowdrop which effectively carries it through the gut barrier.
In the laboratory the team fed the “fusion protein” in a sugar solution to beetles and their larvae. Within a week, all the beetles and larvae were dead.
Next step was to put beetle eggs on bee comb with brood, and spray with the compound. The honeycomb and bees survived virtually untouched, but most of the new beetle larvae died.