Microscopy Club

Meeting dates are posted on our association branch calendar.

Microscopy is a valuable additional skill for beekeepers. Not only is it useful for disease identification but it also helps with basic understanding of honeybee biology. Study of the external and internal anatomy reveals the amazing adaptations which have evolved over millions of years to enable the honeybee to survive. Being able to identify pollen from within the hive, or extracted from honey helps the beekeeper to understand the foraging behaviour of the colony.

Microscopy is not as complicated as you’ll remember from science lessons at school but the equipment remains a significant barrier to entry for many. Our Microscopy lab is fully equipped with a number of high power compound microscopes and low power stereo dissecting microscopes. We also have centrifuges to prepare pollen samples from honey and slide heaters help prepare the best quality slides.

Our Microscopy Club meets monthly to explore and explain how to ge the best from the microscopic world. Activities include pollen identification, disease diagnosis, bee dissection, 1:1 help and assistance to improve your skills, and presentations on particular topics of interest.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

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