Winter Loss Survey 2010 -2011

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A national survey of managed honey bee 2010-11 winter colony losses in the USA: results from the Bee Informed Partnership

Published in the Journal of Apicultural Research, this study records the fifth consecutive year that winter losses of managed honey bee colonies in the USA have been around 30%.

vanEngelsdorp, D., D. Caron, J. Hayes, R. Underwood, K. R. M. Henson, A. Spleen, M. Andree, R. Snyder, K. Lee, K. Roccasecca, M. Wilson, J. Wilkes, E. Lengerich, and J. Pettis. 2012. A national survey of managed honey bee 2010-11 winter colony losses in the USA: results from the Bee Informed Partnership. Journal of Apicultural Research 51: 115-124.

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Carbohydrate and Protein Honey Bee Feed: National Management Survey 2010-2011

Average winter colony mortality suffered by beekeepers who used or did not use Small Hive Beetle traps in at least some of the colonies in their operation, between April 1 2010 and April 1 2011, by proportion of use in their operation.

Responses to questions about carbohydrate and protein feed, and their supplements, from the 2010-2011 survey are reviewed here. Average winter colony mortality is compared among beekeepers who reported they used or did not use various products and methods in feeding … Continue reading

Antibiotics and Honey Bee Tracheal Mite Control: National Management Survey 2010-2011

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Beekeepers reported using antibiotics for brood diseases (Terramycin and /or Tylosin (Tylan)) and nosema disease (Fumagillin) in the 2010-2011 survey. Questions in the survey also asked about honey bee tracheal mite control treatments with Mite-A-Thol and grease patties. No differences were … Continue reading