Microscopy is useful to those beekeepers wishing to learn more about bee anatomy, those trying to identify the source of the nectar from which their honey is derived and those seeking to identifying certain bee diseases and parasites.
It also satisfies the curiosity of those of us who like to tinker and “lift the hood” and have a poke around to see how things work.
On the following pages we will summarise the main areas and techniques covered by the BBKA Microscopy Assessment. The full 2012 prospectus for the Microscopy Examination
In producing these pages we have referred to techniques described in Bob Maurer’s book Practical Microscopy for Beekeepers and to course notes and worksheets provided by Beekeeper and microscopy lecturer Graham Royle.
A more detailed summary of the techniques used for the scientific investigation through dissection of Apis Mellifera has been published on line by IBRA in the COLOSS BEEBOOK which can be found at http://www.coloss.org/beebook/I/anatomy