Monthly Archives: May 2012

Ranunculus Poisoning

http://beeinformed.org/2012/05/ranunculus-poisoning/

A few weeks ago Dennis received a call regarding a Maryland beekeeper concerning what was believed to be a pesticide kill. ¬†¬†Throughout the conversation it was learned that there was an abundance of the common pasture weed, buttercups (Ranunculus species), growing in close proximity to the hives.¬† The beekeeper noted that the bees appeared to…

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Pest and predators of honey bees

http://beeinformed.org/2012/05/pest-and-preditors-of-honey-bees/

As the weather starts to warm and flowers start to bloom, honey bee colonies start hoarding pollen and nectar to rear brood. At the same time, honey bee pests start to awaken from their winter slumbers or eclose from an egg. What are these pest interested in? Most pests feed on the bees themselves, bee…

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Hive History

http://beeinformed.org/2012/05/hive-history/

The summer sampling period began 10 days ago with the sixteen beekeepers participating in the Bee Informed Partnership. This sampling period places an emphasis on determining Varroa mite and Nosema levels prior to beekeepers treating with medicines this year. Most beekeepers will try to have their mite treatments in 30 days prior to the nectar…

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Midwest Bee Team

http://beeinformed.org/2012/05/midwest-bee-team/

This past weekend, I made a solo trip halfway across the country back to my homeland of Minnesota where I will now be based. One of the goals of the Bee Team program is to expand and establish multiple Teams around the country. There have been requests to establish Teams in the Northeast and Southeast,…

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Where Have All the Young People Gone?

http://beeinformed.org/2012/05/where-have-all-the-young-people-gone/

Throughout my short time and experience with beekeeping I have been to my share of beekeeping meetings, attended a few talks and conferences, and met many a beekeeper. In each of these different settings the crowd is generally the same, filled with older adults, and rarely is a younger adult or teenager present. Unless I…

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Boots on the Ground: A Radical Shift in the Interface Between Research and Real World.

http://beeinformed.org/2012/05/beeculture-article-boots-on-the-ground/

McNeil. (2012). Boots on the Ground: A Radical Shift in the Interface Between Research and Real World. Bee Culture. April 2012. “Booooos from the back of the audience were directed to the young woman on the stage at the California Beekeepers Association Conference. Without the context, the message could easily have been misconstrued…..” McNeil. (2012)….

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