Monthly Archives: December 2011

How to catch a swarm

http://beeinformed.org/2011/12/3129/

When someone informs you of a swarm, it is critical that you ask some important questions and take down some information before heading out to catch it. These important items include the following: • You need to know the height of the swarm to determine if you can reach it by standing or if a…

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Coconuts

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I ended my day last Thursday by using a hive tool to break into a fresh coconut with Lauren Rusert on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. From  December 4-18, I was in Hawaii working with the queen breeders to introduce them to the BIP program. Lauren and her boss Danielle Downey run an apiary program…

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The Cost of Freedom

Rob and I tore this hive apart today to have a look at what was going on inside. If you listen closely you may be able to catch parts of our conversation. The video tells the story of these bees and its struggle to survive…It can be viewed at the link below:

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Entrance Reducers

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What is the purpose of an entrance reducer? Entrance reducers can be used for different things at different times of the year. Entrance reducers are most commonly used in the fall when forage becomes limited and bee traffic slows down. It is also important to seal up any other holes in the colony around this…

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Mind Your Own Beeswax

http://beeinformed.org/2011/12/3060/

“Mind your own beeswax.” It’s a phrase we all heard growing up; at least I know I did from my older, more mature sister, whose level I could never quite reach. I was thinking back to a childhood memory the other day, in which I was told to mind my own, and wondered what beeswax…

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On the hunt…

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 Our lab is filled with hustle and bustle as we hover over alcohol samples containing honeybees, searching for Varroa and Nosema.   The samples are placed on a machine meant to simulate a hand shaker, which trembles loudly as it shakes the parasitic Varroa mites from the bees.    The counting of mites brings back memories of…

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Observation Hives: A Walk Through Time

http://beeinformed.org/2011/12/2935/

Dating back to ancient times, there has always been a fascination with honey bees. Hieroglyphics from early Egyptian culture have portrayed images of what many believe to be clues that beekeeping existed even in the ancient Egypt. It is this fascination that continued throughout history and, many years later, encouraged the construction of observation hives….

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How to store soft bodied insects

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In my last blog I explained how to pin and label bees. In this blog I am going to talk about another way to store and preserve soft bodied insects or larvae. This is particularly useful when you want to store the larvae or pupae of bees. There is an image above of different bee…

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