Inside 

Why is there a silhouette bee when I want to add an image? 

Move your camera to sync it with the size of the bees  and your picture will be optimal for analyse. 


Where in the hive should I take the pictures? 
Take pictures from second brood frame and as many as you want to cover 3000 -6000 bees. 

How should I take the picture?
Place the comb so you can hold the phone with both hands. Less shaky. Avoid direct sunlight since it creates sharp shadows and contrasts. Take the picture from about 25 cm from the frame in right angel. Unsharp, to close or far away images will impair results.
On a Dadant frame take 4 images on each side. On a 3/4 Langstroth take 2 images from each side. Avoid overlap.

What is a collection?
A collection contains the images you take from a hive or even an apiary. Results from analysing will reflect the average of the collection.


Can images be stored in different collections and sent for analyse later? 

Yes take images and build collections offline, press scan when you are ready and connected.

Can you create new collections? 

Yes tap button in bottom bar 

Can you edit metadata, like apiary etc? 

Yes, navigate to collections in gallery, long press, (like one second,) on the collection. 

Is there a way to search images, collections? 

Find searchbar in top menu.

Can I delete an image or a collection? Long press and options will reveal.  

How many images is maximum in a collection? 

Max 30 

How many images should I take from one colony? 
Depending on infestation level you will want to picture between 3000 -6000 bees. With 250 bees in each image that is 12 - 24 images, covering 2 - 4 brood frames. 

Where in the hive should I take the pictures? 
Take pictures from second brood frame and as many you want to cover 3000 -6000 bees. 

Can I take pictures from frames above the excluder? 
We don't recommend that because mites are preferably found on the brood and results tend to vary more the further away you get.

When should I take the pictures? 
Preferably in the beginning of the season and just after your main honeyflow, 1-2 months before wintering. 

Can I access my images and results? 

Yes they can be accessed within the app.


About 

Where can I download the app? 
Available on Appstore and Google Play

What is the price of using the app? 
Analyzing one collection is 10 tokens = 1,99 €. That equals about 0,06 €/image
50 Token Pack - 5%    € 9,49
100 Token Pack -10% € 17,99
500 Token Pack -15% € 84,99

When should I take the pictures? 
Preferably in the beginning of the season and just after your main honeyflow, 1-2 months before wintering. 

Can the app find the Queen instantly? 
We are planning to enable it in coming updates.

Is the app depending on internet connection? 
You can take pics offline and send for scan when you have connection. Analysing varroa infestation is done on our servers. 

What is varroa infestation? 
Varroa infestation is the number of mites on the bees divided by the number of bees. In a sample with 3 mites on 300 bees that would equal 3/300 = 0,01 = 1%. So that is the number of phoretic mites, (mites on bees not in the brood) detected in the images in relation to the number of bees. The number is then multiplied with a factor. We are constantly evaluating what factor we use. The factor reflects the ratio between observable and actual number of varroa mites on adult bees as measured with alcohol washing. (The factor may be subject to change as our research progress.) The resulting figure is then divided with the number of bees in the images analysed. Example: 3 mites are detected. 3*factor 8=24 mites calculated. 24 mites per 2500 bees in images = 24/2500 = 0,0096 ≈ 1% infestation. 

What is Deformed Wing Virus, DWV?
Varroa delivers viruses when it ingests on its prey. Presence of DWV is a strong indicator of high infestation level, though absence is not a reliable sign varroa is not at hand. Thus you may want to check closer when DWV is detected.

How can I use the results?
Results will indicate if you may want to treat the colony. Results may even be used to find trends and colonies with varroa resistance treats.

How should I treat the colony?
There are many options. Depending on time of season and your ways with bees you will have to choose your preferred method. Please read more at http://scientificbeekeeping.com/varroa-management/treatments-for-varroa/

Where are scanned images stored? 

Images are stored on our servers. 

Who owns the images? 
You. We own the rights to use them according to your agreement in Terms of Service.

What happens if I loose my phone?
Your images will be recovered from the server.
What does the app icon symbolize? 
It radiates the stress bees show from the small crabish parasites. As well as internet communication. The dynamic hexagons signals bees, the red dot varroa and danger, wifi stripes signals communication. 

Is the app reliable?
Well here it is. We only know that in our lab environment, the software finds the Varroa, the DWV-bees and the Queen with great accuracy. The more images we can collect from you using the app the better it will become. The neural network will learn from its errors and improve. Look at it as you are part of a great pioneering mission. In the first versions prepare for missteps and report them, helping our common progress.


What is the accuracy of the image detection of varroa? 
In lab environment the software performance is about +/- 5 % 

What is the accuracy of image analysing counting bees? 
In lab environment the software performance is about +/- 5 % 

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