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Using a magnifier to see eggs and larvae


#1

Hi all

I have always prided myself on my 20/20 vision (6/6 in Australia). But now that I have hit my late 40’s, I need reading glasses. When I inspect my hive, I really struggle to see eggs and even larvae up close.

So I bought one of these:

Illuminated Multi-Power LED Head Magnifier - $9 at Amazon!

It fits under my veil, I can flip it up for seeing the whole hive, or flip down to see eggs etc. It has a built-in LED light to shine straight into cells. Has a flip-down extra-high power loupe to see super close. As a bonus, it keeps my veil away from my face and ears, so bees can’t sting me through the veil.

Works for me.


#2

Hi Aralyen,

I too have cross the 40 line n the 70 line too . In 2012 I lost the retina in my left eye. They were able to reattached the retina once again. My left eye had been my strongest n best. Now I wear glasses n only have 50/20 vision. This is a real step-down from those youthful time.

I like that suggestion you gave. If I am to see those tiny eggs n beginning larvae I will truely need all the help I can get. I guess I’ll have to figure this Amazon thingy or another source. Thankz !
Gerald.


#3

If it works for you, excellent; those eggs have to be spotted :slight_smile:


#4

Hiya Rob, I see you are in Aus and I’d like to purchase one also as I’m over 40 too… I went to Amazon but have not used before, what are the shipping rates?


#5

Hi skeggley, If you follow Araluen’s link you will find shipping details on the right hand side. Get a drop down list of countries when you click on the link and select Australia.


#6

You’ve never used Amazon before??:scream: Amazon is awesome.

Not all items ship to Australia, but the magnifier does. If that is all you buy, shipping is about $5, and then you need to factor in the Australian dollar is only worth a few cents US.

I usually put in a bigger order with Amazon to make the shipping costs worth it. This book, for example:

I’m sure you can find the magnifier or something similar on other online websites, e.g. eBay.


#7

Is awesome

A must for every beekeeper


#8

I more then pay for my Amazon Prime membership with all the free shipping. I can get what I want when I want it without worrying if shipping is killing me. Not to mention all the free shows and movies that I get with the included streaming account