Syllabus of Examination for Proficiency in Apiculture:
Senior Examination Microscopy


Microscopy Dissection and Pollen Analysis

Candidates will be required to discuss and demonstrate:
The construction, components and setting up of:

  • A stereo dissecting microscope
  • A compound microscope
  • The calibration of an eyepiece graticule. The candidate must be able to measure a microscopic object.
  • The examination of a sample of bees for Acarine (Acarapis Woodii)
  • The process of making slides for:
  • Pollen analysis
  • The detection of:
  • Nosema and Amoeba
  • Foul brood bacterial diseases (AFB and EFB)
  • The discussion will include the reason why a particular magnification is required for each examination.
  • The significance of what is apparent under the microscope.
  • The statistical significance of the sample size, and the significance of confidence limits.
  • Discuss the relevant licensed treatments for all the diseases examined.
  • The preparation of honey bee parts for microscopical examination.
  • The appearance and signs of Parasitic Mite Syndrome in a brood frame.
  • The appearance and signs of all brood disorders.

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Notice to all FIBKA Members

Insurance is in place for all FIBKA members as normal until 31 December 2017.

All FIBKA members have to renew their membership from 1st January 2018 as normal, in order to avail of FIBKA benefits including Insurance, An Beachaire, Gormanston, Education and all other membership benefits.

Membership benefits commence only when a members details are returned to the FIBKA Membership Secretary, by their Association Secretary/Treasurer.

We have been made aware that some Associations are not renewing their affiliation to FIBKA consequently all benefits for the members of those Associations end on the 31st December 2017, and Members in these Associations who wish to continue with FIBKA please contact the FIBKA Membership Secretary Joanna McGlaughlin at membershipsecretary@irishbeekeeping.ie for details of Associations near to you that are affiliated to FIBKA."


Executive Council meeting 16th December

An Executive Council meeting was held in Tullamore on Saturday the 16th of December to discuss among other items the current situation in FIBKA.

Here is a short description of what happened at that meeting


What does FIBKA offer its members?

Here is a comprehensive list of what FIBKA offers its members


Letter from FIBKA Executive to all Member Associations

The letter can be read here in its entirety by clicking here. There will also be a downloadable PDF file that you can share with other members of your Association


Looking for honey labels and FIBKA lids?

For anyone looking to get the FIBKA jar lids or tamper proof labels for your honey, we have put together the following guidelines in how to apply for them. The document can be downloaded here


Hedge cutting

If you wish to report hedge cutting out of season
Contact the people below
National Parks & Wildlife Service
7 Ely Place
Dublin 2
IRELAND D02 TW98
For General Queries:
Tel: +353-1-888 3242
LoCall 1890 383 000 (within Republic of Ireland only - rates charged for the use of 1890 numbers may vary among different service providers)
Fax: +353-1-888 3272
E-mail: nature.conservation@ahg.gov.ie
Web: www.npws.ie


Disease Sampling Form

Teagasc offers a Honeybee disease diagnostic service to beekeepers, more information available here