Monthly Archives: October 2012

Bats As Pollinators

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Last week we got the opportunity to sit on in some of the presentations at the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) conference in Arlington, VA. A few of these talks mentioned or focused on unusual pollinators. To me, when I think pollinator I immediately think bee and I would guess it is the same…

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Halloween and the Honey Bee

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Halloween is coming up ladies and that means you need to pick a costume and fast. For you bee enthusiasts out there it may be difficult to waver from variations on the cute honey bee costume popularized by the “Bee Girl” in Blind Melon’s 1993 video for “No Rain.” This year however I challenge you to…

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Autumn and the Death of Drones

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The autumn is here and it is getting pretty chilly in Minnesota. The shorter days and decreased temperatures also mean doom for the poor drones. While sampling colonies this past September, we saw worker bees drag out their reluctant brothers. A drone’s function is to mate, and there isn’t mating going on in the winter….

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Yellow Jackets

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With winter approaching and food sources dwindling honey bee colonies are starting to be harassed by pests. Yellow Jackets are one of the most common pests, they feed on bees, larva, brood, honey bee bread and pretty much anything they can take advantage of in the hive. During this time of year when robbing becomes…

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Apitherapy

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In a recent conversation with my grandparents, long time arthritis sufferers, they mentioned something about honey bee stings to help ease the pain of arthritis. While this was news to me, apitherapy, as it is apparently called, and is the use of bee related products for medicinal purposes is not new at all. In fact,…

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Spotlight on Rabbitbrush

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Sources of fall forage are ever important as we head into winter in California. With a bloom period ranging from August through October, rabbitbrush is one such source that provides both nectar and pollen. There are many species of rabbitbrush which range from British Columbia in the North to New Mexico in the South, California…

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Summer: Cycle of Northern California Bee Breeder

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The graphic above illustrates the basic cycle of beekeeping during the summer season in northern California. Things like applying treatments and feeding are management decisions based on what the bees are doing in response to the environment around them. Feeding and treating is operation specific and location dependent. Think of treatment windows in terms of…

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Beekeeping Enters the Cloud

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Being at the intersection of computing and beekeeping affords unique opportunities for me to share my love of beekeeping.  Beekeeping Enters the Cloud was the catchy title for a talk I gave at the Microsoft Research Cloud Futures 2011 conference where I explained how cloud computing is being used to address the problem of high…

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