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Picture: The honeybee is a forest insect

The honeybee is a forest insect

Analysis of the abundance and geographic distribution of wild honeybee nests in Central Europe.


Our western honeybee is a creature of the forest. In the wild, it inhabits hollow trees, an environment that scarcely resembles the artificial housings used in modern-day beekeeping. 
This research project focuses on natural honeybee nests in Central Europe. Our goal is to analyze their abundance and geographic distribution, as well as to explore their nesting environment and the micro-ecosystem inside the hollow trees. Furthermore, we are interested in investigating their survival rates, swarming tendency and their state of health.
The objectives of the project are to answer the scientific questions raised and to investigate whether honeybee colonies not under the care of a beekeeper have a chance of surviving in our forests.