Japanese natural beekeeping

Pile box hive
This hive has a very simple structure. It does not contain any removable frames. The structure is simply a box with a small entrance. Like log hives, bees are allowed to build comb as they want.
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Pile box hive
Japanese honeybees
The Japanese honey bee is one of the subspecies of Apis cerana. Other subspecies can be found in Korea, Taiwan, China, Thailand and several other asian countries.
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Japanese honeybees
Giant hornet
Hornets are the most common predator of Japanese honeybees. Attacks by Japanese giant hornets (Vespa mandarinia), the world's largest hornets, and Japanese yellow hornets (Vespa simillima xanthoptera) are relatively common in late summer and fall.
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Giant hornet

Introduction

Japan has two honey bees, the native Apis cerana japonica (Japanese honey bee) and the imported Apis mellifera (Western honey bee). In 1877, the Western bee was imported along with Langstroth hive to Japan. Commercial beekeepers started keeping only Western bees after that. On the other hand, more and more people have started keeping Japanese bees as a hobby, using a simple hive called a pile box hive.

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FAQ

How do you treat varroa mite?

Japanese honeybee is resistant to the mite. Varroa mites originally only occurred in Asia, on the Asian honeybee.

Can you export a queen?

Unfortunately I cannot export a queen to other countries. And no queen bee of japanese honeybees is sold in Japan.

About us

We started keeping Japanese honeybees over 20 years ago as hobbyists. We started a company to share this type of hive and beekeeping technique. Please feel free to contact me via my Facebook page.

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