Monthly Archives: October 2011

Samoan Honey

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Dan Gordon, a hobby beekeeper and his wife, Becky, were kind enough to have me over for dinner last week. Besides cooking the best squash dish I ever had, he gave me a jar of honey. This was no ordinary honey. He purchased it from the only commercial beekeeper in the small country of Samoa…

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Ocelli or “Simple eye”

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The word ocelli is derived from the Latin word ocellus and means little eye. The ocelli are simple eyes that bees use to orientate themselves towards the sun. Located in a triangular shape are two dorsal ocelli and one central ocelli. They are located dorsally on the bees head (see images above for location). The…

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When we turn to one another for counsel…

http://beeinformed.org/2011/10/when-we-turn-to-one-another-for-counsel-we-reduce-the-number-of-our-enemies-khalil-gibran/

“When we turn to one another for counsel we reduce the number of our enemies” -Khalil Gibran We are in the thick of our fall sampling which started in late September and will go until the end of November. The idea behind the fall sampling is to give each of the sixteen beekeepers involved in…

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California Bee Breeders Conference

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Last week was the California Bee Breeder’s Association meeting. Mike, Rob and I attended and Dennis flew in from the East to go. I always enjoy the meetings in a large part because we get to watch all these independent personalities interact. We work with each beekeeper individually and get to know them, but only…

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Hornet Predators

http://beeinformed.org/2011/10/hornet-predators/

  A few days ago I was sitting out on my back porch and something rather large caught my eye. I heard it before I saw it, the incriminating buzz that was slightly different than that of a honey bee and came dangerously close to my face, making me duck my head in reaction. What…

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Boozy Bees

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This past weekend I went back to my alma mater, Penn State, to visit some friends and watch the Nittany Lions crush Iowa State. Cough, we did, Go Lions! Sorry I had to throw that in there! I was sitting at one of my favorite places in all of State College having some margaritas when…

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Propolis and Bee Health

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I talked a little about propolis, human health, how bees collect it here, but now I want to talk about propolis and bee health. If the bees can’t eat propolis, then why would they collect it? It is costly to bring back to the hive since it takes time and energy away from bees that…

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Wax Moth

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I would like to talk about a pest previously mentioned in these blogs called the “Wax Moth.” This pest can be a problem all year round especially with stored equipment. Here are some ways to store comb, if you have any other ways to store your equipment please post in the comments. You can use…

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