Monthly Archives: August 2012

BIP Ad. July 2012

Last year, US beekeepers reported the products they used (if any) to control Varroa mite. Beekeepers who reported using Apiguard or API LIFE VAR lost fewer colonies than those who used other varroa mite control products or no products at all.

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Phorid Fly (Light Trapping)

http://beeinformed.org/2012/08/phorid-fly-light-trapping/

The past few months I have been trying to capture honey bees that are infected with Phorid Flies in the Chico, CA area. So what is a Phorid Fly? It is a fly commonly referred to as the humpback-fly because of its appearance. Previously the fly was known to parasitize bumble bees and paper wasps…

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Beekeeper Reports

http://beeinformed.org/2012/08/beekeeper-reports/

It’s incredible how fast time can pass when you are enthralled in something new and exciting. I have been in California for more than a year and it seems like yesterday that I was standing in my parent’s driveway saying good bye to my mom, dad, and brothers as Rob and I loaded up his…

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Spotlight on Gum Plant

http://beeinformed.org/2012/08/spotlight-on-gum-plant/

North Dakota landscapes, both farmed and fallow, are golden-hued with the onset of sunflower, goldenrod and gum plant bloom. These three plants belong to the family Asteraceae, commonly called the Aster or Sunflower Family. While sunflower and goldenrod are well-known late summer sources of forage, gum plant also provides a source of nectar and pollen…

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Organic Honey

http://beeinformed.org/2012/08/organic-honey/

Over the weekend as I was doing some grocery shopping and as I wandered down the aisles I found myself staring at the shelves lined with honey. I normally try to get my honey from local beekeepers to ensure that is both local and unpasteurized but I had to look anyway.  As I scoped out…

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Antlions (Myrmeleontidae)

http://beeinformed.org/2012/08/antlions-myrmeleontidae/

Previously I wrote a blog about an insect known as a “Wormlion.” I suspected this insect to be an Antlion at first. I then figured that not many people knew what an Antlion was so I figured I would blog about them. Antlions are in the order Neuroptera which in English translates into “nerve-wings.” An…

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