Cordovan Italian Queen

Cordovan Italian Queen

Written By: Rob Snyder

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I currently work out of the Butte County Cooperative Extension in Oroville, CA as a Crop Protection Agent. I received my B.S. in biology from Delaware Valley College, PA. There I attained a majority of my entomological knowledge from Dr. Chris Tipping and Dr. Robert Berthold. After graduation, I was an apiary inspector for 2 years at the Department of Agriculture in Pennsylvania. In my third year there, I still inspected some colonies but I mainly focused on The Pennsylvania Native Bee Survey (PANBS) where I pinned, labeled, entered data and identified native bees to genus species. Leo Donavall assisted me in learning the basics on positive Identifications of the native bees. Around the same time I began working on coordinating kit construction and distribution for the APHIS National Honey Bee Survey. I was also fortunate to conduct many of these surveys with fellow co-worker Mike Andree and Nathan Rice of USDA/ARS throughout California. All of these experiences have led me to where I am today, working to assist beekeepers in maintaining genetic diverse colonies resistant to parasites while reducing the use of chemical treatments in colonies. The BIP Diagnostic Lab at the University of MD is in an integral part of this process by generating reports in which we can track change and report to beekeepers vital information in a timely manner which may influence their treatment decisions.

  • carl cook

    i have a hive that has nosema, i have treated it and they are now fine, but can the frames in it be used again next year in the spring time for splits.

    • Meghan

      Hi Carl, yes, you can reuse the frames in splits or any other hive. Nosema is a common disease that is usually seasonal and if treated, as you have found, the bees will often recover. Only if your colony had a severe case and it died would we suggest you treat the frames.

      • Rob Snyder

        Some beekeepers use phostoxin to fumigate comes to rid them of spores. I have also heard that using a bleach solution can help remove spores.