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Bee Informed National Management Survey 2012-2013

Management Survey 2012 – 2013 How average losses were calculated and presented  |  Watch a vlog here Watch through all the vlogs in order here. Summary of respondent losses  |  Watch the vlog! Losses by region Losses by sub region Losses … Continue reading

Brood Comb Management and Treatment of Dead Outs: National Management Survey 2011-2012

The way comb in bee hives are replaced and treated may effect the health of the hive. This summary report from the 2012 National Winter Loss and Management Survey relates brood comb management techniques to reported winter losses. Replacement of … Continue reading

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Survey Winner Announced!

Scott Jaynes is our survey winner for this year. Our BIP Tech Team visited Scott in August. You can read more about the visit on our blog.


The Bee Informed Blog

The blog is the place where team members convey their experience, knowledge, and opinions about their work with bees. Here is your opportunity to follow what's happening in the field and lab.

The Pygmy Shrew: A little mammal that is causing big problems in Canadian overwintering colonies

Typically when critter infestations come up into beekeeping conversation these common mammals come to mind: bears, skunks, mice, opossums and raccoons. Just like their size, pygmy shrews often fall under the radar. However, Fletcher Colpitts, Chief Apiary Inspector of New … Continue reading

Transferring established packages from the USDA to our rooftop hives at The University of Maryland

Sadly we lost 2 of our three rooftop colonies this winter, and the third is very weak. So we decided to establish some new colonies as replacements. Usually when you are starting new colonies in the spring you buy packages, … Continue reading

Killer Hornets

The world’s largest hornet is the Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarinia) and subspecies, Japanese Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarinia japonica).  The body size typically hovers around 2.2 inches and the stinger alone is a quarter of an inch.  They are extremely fast … Continue reading