Be part of the wild honey bees research community!

If you know a honey bee colony living in a tree, a wall, a chimney or the like, you can easily contribute to the research of honey bees. The BEEtree Monitor allows the reporting and thus continuous monitoring of wild colonies to explore honey bees as an animal in the wild. Together with many others who want to get involved and help honey bees survive on their own. Old literature and recent findings show that bee colonies more often than commonly known live in cavities in trees or walls and survive there for several years. Originally, all bee colonies as wild animals inhabited such cavities, which offer very different conditions than todays boxes used for beekeeping. This research can bring a necessary turn in the debate about the bee mortality and besides set completely new impulses for a kind-appropriate beekeeping. Your help makes this possible! Find out more about how to report a newly discovered bee colony and observe it according to scientific criteria here!

Background

The European Honeybee ( Apis mellifera subsp. ) has already been widely researched as a social insect, its importance in food production and the long tradition of beekeeping. Despite much discussion in media and politics the honeybee has been and is being studied for the most part from a livestock perspective. On the other hand, knowledge about their life as a wild animal is rare.