Updated: Oct 17, 2020
September 3, 2020- 9:20PM
A company in Wisconsin has created a patent pending insulated beehive that will allow you to monitor the beehive remotely.
Saving the Bees
Honey bees (Apis Mellifera) are suffering large winter and summer losses due to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and losses where recently as high as 40% over the 2018 Winter. Once thought to be primarily a winter survivability issue. The 2019 Summer saw losses also around 40%.
Bees are necessary for pollinating 1/3 of our diets and without them, we will lose 33% of our food. Like Almonds, apples, cherries, melons, broccoli, etc. And CCD is a collection of problems, such as habitat loss, pesticide use, climate change and disease such as, the varroa mite. The varroa mite is a tick like pest that feeds off of the bees and their baby brood. The mite transmits diseases and weakens a colony to the point they succumb to the elements.
The Hyper Hyve™is a beehive fit for the modern age with its insulated hive body and integrated monitoring. And was built to mimic the tree hollow bees have evolved to survive in. Mike James, CEO and Inventor said;
"I wondered why beekeepers where keeping bees in 3/4" pine boxes, and then where surprised their bees died over winter. Tree hollows, in which bees have evolved to survive in have a average R-6 insulation value on its side and a mathematically infinite R value for a roof. A 3/4" pine boxes used in todays beekeeping have a R value 0.75 for a wall and roof. Its like you or me living in a cardboard box while we are sick, in the middle of winter and then expected to survive."
The science around insulated hives isn't new, but can back up how beneficial an insulated hive can be for the honey bees. A study posted in 2019 by the Italian Journal of Animal Science stated;
"If heat insulation and air circulation of the hives are good, the workload of honey bees is reduced and their efficiency increases."
James also went on to discuss how when the bees are efficient they can spend more time grooming, which helps reduce the affects of the varroa mite as well as increasing the honey production within the hive. Some results are showing as high as a 40% increase in honey production.
With todays IOT devices and web applications the beehive was able to integrated beehive monitoring directly into the hive. "Its as if the monitoring isn't even there"- James said. The beekeeper will be able to log into the hive via a phone app or web portal and view key metrics like; hive weight, interior humidity and temperature, exterior humidity and temperature, internal sounds and all powered with a solar panel integrated into the roof of the hive.
The beehive will also have remote control capabilities to control entrances and venting and even be able to program the hive to open and close these vents and openings during certain times of the day or for certain actions.
The smart beehive is in Alpha testing now and the company hopes to release beta models sometime next year. If you would like more information and to sign up for updates you can visit their sign up page.