Monthly Archives: September 2011

Camping Out With The Bees

http://beeinformed.org/2011/09/capming-out-with-the-bees/

The other day, while walking down the hall I happened to glance out the window and saw a strange sight.  There was what appeared to be a tent over some of the hives in the yard outside the lab. As if that wasn’t strange enough, two of our technicians were standing inside the tent with…

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Pesticide Kill

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Northern California is a beautiful place. I am located in the Sacramento Valley between the Sierra Nevada and Northern Coastal mountain ranges. The good soils partnered with a Mediterranean climate makes the Central Valley (the northern Sacramento Valley and the southern San Joaquin Valley) one of the most agriculturally productive regions in the world. The…

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Houston, We Have A Problem

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Houston, we have a problem.  I was out in the field the other afternoon and we were getting ready to head back into the lab when we got a phone call. One of our visiting scientists said there was a case of robbing going on in another yard that we call “Mushroom.” Although I had…

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Test for Varroa

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I am going to save my original topic of propolis and bee health for a later weeks since it seems more apt to talk about Varroa this time of year. Late summer and early fall is the time when many beekeepers treat for Varroa. Treating now reduces the number of mites feeding on the bees…

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Battles at the Entrance

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As fall approaches and forage becomes scarce, honey bees become more aggressive to protecting their honey crop. The honey crop is collected throughout the spring and summer. They use the stored honey throughout the winter to fuel their survival by beating their flight muscles to generate heat to warm the colony. The honey becomes very…

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Flames

http://beeinformed.org/2011/09/flames/

Of all the things that could worry me about going out into the field, will someone please explain to me why I fear lighting the smoker the most?  It’s not being around thousands of insects that could inflict harm, or having bees crawl up my legs or land in my hair, nope, I love the…

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Frames of Bees

“Colony 47 is queen right with eggs and larvae, there are 10 frames of bees, I got sealed brood at 5,8,11,15,21,29,23,21,17,16, 9, and 5.  The brood pattern is good and there are no diseases…”  This is an example of dialogue between Bee Team members calling out observations from hive inspections and colony assessments in the…

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Propolis and human health

http://beeinformed.org/2011/09/propolis-and-human-health/

Poor Mike isn’t feeling so well this week. He likely has a cold. But on the positive side he can turn to our beloved bees for a bit of help. People all over the world use a substance bees collect to help treat colds, coughs, and general icky-ness: propolis. Some trees and plants excrete resins…

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Raindrops

http://beeinformed.org/2011/09/raindrops/

Once again, the inspiration for this post comes from a weather pattern that has caused astir in the area as rain pelts the east coast causing major flooding, major power outages, traffic delays, and host of other issues. Even here at the USDA the rain has produced some scary looking brown puddles spilling out of…

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