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Beekeeping Glossary

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Races Of Bees

The four most common races of Apis are mellifera, cerana, dorsata and florea; other newly discovered races are currently under investigation.

Radial Extractor

A centrifugal force machine to throw out honey but leave the combs intact; the frames are placed like spokes of a wheel, top bars towards the wall, to take advantage of the upward slope of the cells.

Raw Honey

Refractometer

Measures moisture of honey. Optical or digital models available.

Requeen

To introduce a new queen to a queenless hive.

Reversing

The act of exchanging places of different hive bodies of the same colony; usually for the purpose of nest expansion, the super full of brood and the queen is placed below an empty super to allow the queen extra laying space.

Robbing

The act of bees stealing honey/nectar from the other colonies; also applied to bees cleaning out wet supers or cappings left uncovered by beekeepers.

Ropy Characteristic

A diagnostic test for American foulbrood in which the decayed larvae form an elastic rope when drawn out with a toothpick.

Round Sections

Sections of comb honey in plastic round rings instead of square wooden boxes.

Royal Jelly

A highly nutritious, milky white glandular secretion of young (nurse) bees; used to feed the queen and young larvae.