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Michael MunsonBy Michael Munson
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Michael MunsonBy Michael Munson
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$1,433
pledged of $7,500pledged of $7,500 goal
35
backers
20days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, September 8 2018 8:27 PM UTC +00:00.

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About

The small hive beetle (Aethina tumida) is a beekeeping pest.  It is endemic to sub-Saharan Africa, but has spread to many other locations, including North America, Australia, and the Philippines. The small hive beetle can be a destructive pest of honey bee colonies, causing damage to comb, stored honey and pollen. If a beetle infestation is sufficiently heavy, they may cause bees to abandon their hive. Its presence can also be a marker in the diagnosis of Colony Collapse Disorder for honey-bees. The beetles can also be a pest of stored combs, and honey (in the comb) awaiting extraction. Beetle larvae may tunnel through combs of honey, feeding and defecating, causing discoloration and fermentation of the honey.

This is why significant study and efforts are underway to prevent or at the very least, slow down the detrimental effects of the hive beetle to our honey bee population.

Guardian has been created to aid honey bees in protecting their colonies by preventing these destructive beetles from entering the hive. Invest today in your hives and in the future survival of all bees! 

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge we see with this project is changing people's mindset. Some say that this advance is not necessary on a strong hive or that bees should control their own survival. We disagree with this practice. Bees have been placed in man-made hives that have not been changed in functionality for over 165 years. Bees, however, prefer a smaller hive opening, as seen on most wild hives. In the standard man-made hive, the entrance is much larger than in nature, leaving the bees with more to defend. Also, consider that small hive beetles were not a problem in the United States until 1996. The variables ARE changing and it is time for a paradigm shift!

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    Save the Bees

    “If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.” Albert Einstein
    Just want to help save the bees? Then this donation opportunity is for you!
    DID YOU KNOW? One out of every three bites of food we eat is a result of pollinators like honey bees. Honey bees are so important that farmers often have bee hives transported and then placed on their farm to provide pollination for their crops.
    Your donation will aid in the continuation of research, development. and production of Guardian...Our way to do our part in saving the bees!

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    Worker Bee

    2 Guardian Bee Hive Entrances
    The small hive beetle can be a destroyer of honey bee colonies, causing damage to comb, stored honey and pollen. If a beetle infestation is sufficiently heavy, they may cause bees to abandon their hive. The presence of beetles can also be a marker in the diagnosis of Colony Collapse Disorder for honey-bees. Here is your opportunity to purchase 2 entry stops and continue the efforts into stopping the destruction these beetles can cause to a hive.

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    Nurse Bee

    4 Guardian Bee Hive Entrances
    This is the same opportunity as above...just doubling your magnitude of protection.

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    10 Guardian Bee Hive Entrances

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    Queen Bee

    25 Guardian Bee Hive Entrances

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