Monthly Archives: May 2011

Weather in Northern California

http://beeinformed.org/2011/05/weather-in-northern-california/

Beekeepers are farmers. And like other types of farmers, beekeepers depend. on the weather. And this was a particularly stressful year for weather. Queen season started out with temperatures much lower than normal and rainy in February and March. The problem with the poor weather is the queens that normally would go out and mate…

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What is that Smell?…American Foulbrood!

http://beeinformed.org/2011/05/whats-that-smell-american-foulbrood/

Three summers ago I was hired as a Pennsylvania Apiary Inspector. When I started this job I thought back to my mentor Dr. Robert Berthold. He taught us bee diseases and pest by showing slides and using key descriptive words. This inspired me to start photographing various diseases and pest found inside and outside of…

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Laying Worker

http://beeinformed.org/2011/05/laying-worker-2/

When you dissect thousands of bees, like I have, it is important to remember that exploration is the process and discovery is the goal. Pictured below is the stimulated ovaries of a worker that I discovered while performing an autopsy on a honey bee.   In beekeeping terms we would call this a “laying worker”. During the…

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Bee Informed Partnership Press Release!

http://beeinformed.org/2011/05/bee-informed-partnership-press-release/

Today began much like any other day; a cup of coffee while answering emails before settling into the real tasks of the day.  Many of us have been working on this project as a small team for over 3 months. In anticipation of NIFA announcing our 5 year grant, our work has been infused with…

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Cigar Smoke

Sue Cobey teaches a instrumental insemination course at UC Davis and two of the attendees were really interested in seeing a queen breeding operation, so I took them to Pat Heitkam of Heitkam’s Honey Bees. Pat was kind enough to take a day and show the three of us his operation, including the nucleus colonies…

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Migratory Bee Researcher

Before working on Penn State’s main campus at University Park, I worked out of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) building in Harrisburg, PA.  In a few weeks I will be moving to Chico, CA to join the sampling team that will be working with queen breeders. Last Friday I was back in Harrisburg at…

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