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), … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Hive Beetle Traps: National Management Survey 2010-2011

Figure 1. Adult small hive beetles on comb with bees.

This installment reviews the differences in reported winter colony losses related to the use of hive beetle traps. Beekeepers who reported use of Small Hive Beetle Traps in at least some of their  operations reported losing, on average, 9.2 fewer colonies per … Continue reading

Comb Management: National Management Survey 2010-2011

Dennis Explains Management Survey Results

The way combs in bee hives are replaced and treated may effect the health of the hive. This summary report from the 2011 National Winter Loss and Management Survey relates brood comb management techniques to reported winter losses. Beekeepers who … Continue reading

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

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McNeil. (2012). Boots on the Ground: A Radical Shift in the Interface Between Research and Real World. Bee Culture. April 2012.

Rob and Katie Hygiene

Katie and Rob freezing brood with liquid nitrogen

“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). Boots on the Ground: A Radical Shift in the Interface Between Research and Real World. Bee Culture. April 2012.