Monthly Archives: April 2012

Long-term or short-term lease?

http://beeinformed.org/2012/04/long-term-or-short-term-lease/

It was a couple weeks ago that Heather, Jennie and I were talking about using drone comb as Varroa management in a colony. Drone larvae are particularly attractive to Varroa mites. By adding drone comb to a hive, a beekeeper is creating a lure for the mites in the hope that they will go to…

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White-Eyed Drones

http://beeinformed.org/2012/04/3939/

One of the best things about working at the Bee Research Lab in Beltsville is that rarely a day goes by when I don’t get to experience or learn a new fact about beekeeping. I am quickly realizing that although it seems like things in beekeeping are ‘cut and dried’ there are many exceptions to,…

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Ghost Bees

The Varroa mite has been proven as an efficient vector of viruses making honey bees vulnerable to many diseases.  Keeping Varroa mites at low levels in colonies is key to keeping the entire colony healthy.  There is a relatively simple and non-invasive way to perform a quick test for mites known as a sugar roll….

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It’s That Time Again!

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Well, it’s started. No, not the ‘bee work,’ or the experiments, or our Winter Management Survey, while they have all started too, that is not what I am referring to. What I am referring to is the GigaPan camera rig that I became so familiar with last summer, my baby, if you will. The cause…

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Survey Time: An Appeal to Our Greater Good

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For a great many of us, it is as easy to slip into apathy as it is to succumb to eating our children’s Easter candy – especially the chocolate peanut butter cups.  We sometime remove ourselves from involvement and responsibility of the larger social structure because, well, we think someone else will take care of…

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Queen Bee Identification

http://beeinformed.org/2012/04/queen-bee-identification/

Over the past few months we have been sampling and assessing colonies throughout queen breeders operations. We looked at colony size, weight, brood pattern, bee color and queen status. I had a chance to photograph some different Italian queens (Apis mellifera ligustica) and Carniolan queens (Apis mellifera carnica). Both species are usually gentle and can…

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