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The invisible hive software | Unhealthy Beekeeping Weblog


Finally! A hive software I can see!

I’m severely colourblind, which typically implies that the distinction between crimson and inexperienced makes little sense to me. I’ve been informed (by sufficient individuals) that grass is inexperienced, so I’ve learnt to affiliate that phrase to the peculiar hue of gray that I see after I have a look at grass. Sadly, hive instruments have been crimson for many of my life. Therein lies an enormous downside.

If I drop a crimson hive software onto inexperienced grass, the software disappears in greyness. Form of like this:

OK, you’ll be able to nonetheless see it simply sufficient. That’s as a result of it’s nonetheless falling. However, check out this:

This may increasingly appear trivial, however for somebody like me, it is a large deal. I as soon as painted a hive software white, however the paint wore off, it turned again to crimson, and sure, I misplaced it someplace in inexperienced grass. I hope that my new yellow hive software will final the remainder of my life.

When individuals got here up with the intelligent concept of portray queens, they used crimson and inexperienced marks amongst a mixture of three different colors. A paint dab on a queen thorax makes her simpler to identify and in addition, if a sure common code is adopted, makes her age identified at a look.

The queen, above, is marked with yellow, which suggests she emerged from her beginning cell in both 2017 or 2022, in keeping with the beekeepers’ color code. If I noticed this bee this summer time, I’d know she’s a 2022 queen – I wouldn’t anticipate a 5-year-old to look good and fuzzy like this. Fortunate for red-green colourblind individuals like me, we nonetheless see yellow, blue, black, and white fairly effectively. However sadly, the bee gods selected to place crimson and inexperienced on consecutive years to be able to inflict probably the most injury upon colour-disabled beekeepers.

In the event you’ve forgotten, right here is the Queen displaying the sequential coding: white, yellow, crimson, inexperienced, blue.

About Ron Miksha

Ron Miksha is a bee ecologist working on the College of Calgary. He’s additionally a geophysicist and does a little bit of science writing and running a blog. Ron has labored as a radio broadcaster, a beekeeper, and Earth scientist. (Ask him about seismic waves.) He is based mostly in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Ron has written two books, dozens of journal and journal articles, and enhances his first e book, Unhealthy Beekeeping, with the weblog at badbeekeepingblog.com. Ron wrote his most up-to-date e book, The Mountain Thriller, for everybody who has checked out a mountain and puzzled what miracles of nature set it upon the panorama. For extra about Ron, together with some cool photos taken when he was a teen, please test Ron’s web site: miksha.com.

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