Monthly Archives: July 2011

Modified Hive Tool

http://beeinformed.org/2011/07/modified-hive-tool/

Normal Hive tool functions 1. Dislodge Frames 2. Separate Hive Bodies and frames 3. Cut: weeds, vines, plant material, packaging tape, newspaper, pollen patty, taste honey, open treatment packaging, slit zip lock bags (winter feeding). Heat hive tool with smoker to cut out queen cells. 4. Scrape: Top bars, bottom boards, telescoping top covers, inner…

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From the Flower to the Stomach

The gallery of slides above shows images of a honey bee workers proventriculus (pro+stomach).  Nectar from flowers is stored in a honey bees crop, or honey stomach, until it returns to its hive.  Once the forager reaches its hive nectar can be regurgitated and stored in cells.  It is nearly impossible for a bee to…

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Hygienic Behavior

http://beeinformed.org/2011/07/hygienic-behavior/

Hygienic behavior is a trait that correlates with resistance to chalkbrood, American Foulbrood, and Varroa. Bees with the trait are able to detect, uncap, and remove infected pupae before they become infectious, slowing the spread of disease and the population growth of the mite. It is a trait with multiple genes involved influencing the uncapping…

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SBV or Sacbrood Virus

http://beeinformed.org/2011/07/sbv-or-sacbrood-virus/

In 2005 I started keeping bees. I never saw any disease or virus in my hives until the 2008/2009 season. The first disease I noted in the summer of 2008 was DWV, which is an acronym for Deformed Wing Virus. In the spring of 2009, I found another virus…Sac Brood Virus or SBV. During an…

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AFB, Sweat & Toil

http://beeinformed.org/2011/07/afb-sweat-toil/

Well, today is a scorcher here in Maryland and it is only Monday. The temperature is supposed to reach the low hundreds by Thursday. It makes me want to jump into a pool of ice rather than step into my bee suit and head out to the field. I had the intention of going out…

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Rice Country

http://beeinformed.org/2011/07/rice-country/

A couple of weeks ago, Randall “Cass” Mutters took Rob, Mike, and me on a tour of the rice industry in Northern California. Cass is the rice farm advisor at UC Cooperative Extension, Butte County with an office just down the hallway of my own. According to www.calrice.org, 95% of the state’s rice is grown north…

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Chalkbrood

http://beeinformed.org/2011/07/1309/

When I started inspecting for honey bee diseases, the first and most prevalent disease I found was chalkbrood. I first observed this disease a few weeks into the spring while inspecting a few colonies. I had seen the disease on several other occasions, so it was very easy to identify by the hard “chalk-like” mummies…

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Yellow Star Thistle

http://beeinformed.org/2011/07/1272/

Since arriving here we have had the chance to meet and talk with a few of the beekeepers that we will be working with all year. We talked about many things including their bees, their operations, and the weather. The one reoccurring theme with all of them was talk of yellow star thistle. The yellow…

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