British Beekeepers Association


British Beekeepers Association

Topic: Module 2 Honeybee products and Forage

12th February 2016 at 6:02pm

Susan Farmer
Blackburn & East Lancs.

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I am going through back exam papers and don't under stand this question. Only a 1 pointer but its bugging me.

8th Nov 2014

Q8  Name one factors affecting the secretion of ling heather honey.

Yes it does say factors and I am assuming because it states Honey it is talking about the Honey in the sealed comb onwards. Any thoughts woould be helpfull.

12th February 2016 at 6:43pm

North Norfolk

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What a poorly worded question! Does anyone proof read the questions?

Ling heather does not secrete honey but nectar which the bees convert into honey. Any one of: soil type, age of heather, rainfall would do. Temperature is probably not a right answer since ling is said to secrete nectar at temperatures too low for bees to fly. Source:Plants and Beekeeping by FN Howes. 

Good luck with your exam Susan and welcome to the forum.
13th February 2016 at 10:31am


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Susan, welcome to the forum from me too. Occasionally we see questions that can be interpreted in two ways. Not one as clearly wrong as this one. (But ptobably not as bad as some of my typos on the forum!) It's a 1 point answer so as Jim states, any one answer should be enough.

I have a question myself. How does a white clover floret indicate that it's been pollinated?
13th February 2016 at 5:46pm

Gerry Collins

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White clover florets whither & drop down when pollinated (ans also stop secreting nectar) and bees soon learn to only visit the erect unpollinated ones
14th February 2016 at 10:09am

Diane Drinkwater
Manchester & District

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There are study notes for the modules available - they're useful as a starting point for revision.

You don't have to take the exams to benefit from reading them.