Monthly Archives: April 2011

Travel

Traveling across the nation conducting field work has led me to many incredible places, introduced me to some remarkable people, and helped build several unbelievable experiences. The people, the places, and the things I’ve done here at Penn State have helped to create an insatiable taste for life and a broader perspective of the world…

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Nosema

http://beeinformed.org/2011/04/nosema-2/

Nosema. This gut fungus is still a mystery to me. The more I sample, the less it seems to make sense. I take samples for Nosema, analyze them, and provide the results to the beekeeper. The idea is to provide hopefully useful information to help with treatment decisions or decisions on choosing breeder. However, when I…

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Colletes inaequalis congregation area

This is a large congregation of Colletes inaequalis, commonly known as the “Mining Bee.” This natural phenomenon occurs between March and July. The bee ranges from Nova Scotia, Canada south to Georgia, United States. This bee is known to be polylectic (diverse forage), but can specialize on pollinating apples. Colletes will fly about a half…

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Packing for Sampling Trips

As Rob prepares to take one last trip to California (early May) to complete the field work for the National Honey Bee Survey I was reminded of this Gigapan. I chose to post this panorama because it illustrates the kind of thought and time that goes into our sampling trips. Keep in mind that this…

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Deadout Yard

I took this Gigapan on a sampling trip this winter in California.  Rob and I were collecting samples for the National Honey Bee Survey when we got a call from a beekeeper that was experiencing some pretty high losses.  The beekeeper explained to us that he had lost more than 60 percent of his colonies…

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Drone Comets

Ray Olivarez (http://www.ohbees.com) hosted a hobby beekeeper day at his place last Saturday. Beekeepers come to pick up their packages, socialize, and maybe learn something new. There were package installation demonstrations, Randy Oliver spoke, I spoke and did a Varroa sampling demonstration, and there was a delightful tri-tip BBQ. The whole event was really well…

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Honey Bee Autopsy

http://beeinformed.org/2011/04/honey-bee-autopsy/

It has been nearly four years since I began working for Penn State University under the supervision of Dennis vanEngelsdorp. I have done just about every task, duty, or job in our lab since then. My responsibilities as a technician range from collecting and analyzing samples to shipping and receiving samples, as well as cataloging,…

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In the field: National Honey Bee Survey

This post comes in from Rob Snyder. This is a gigapan of Pat Stayer’s Queen Production operation. In the image they are breaking up large colonies into smaller nucleus colonies. These nucleus colonies will have a queen cell placed inside each hive. The nucleus colonies are then located in apiaries called “Mating Yards.” This yard…

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