Monthly Archives: April 2013

Honey Bees and Food

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Eva Bein is an undergraduate majoring in Environmental Science and Policy student at the University of Maryland.  She is expanding her knowledge of honey bees and Nosema through her research project in our lab. Here is her blog…enjoy! I came to this internship through an interest in our food supply. I wanted to understand food production…

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Spring Blooms

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Julius Goldberg is a pre-med undergraduate student who has been with us for two semester researching Nosema. Here is a blog from him. Enjoy! As spring rolls around, the atmosphere here in College Park begins to change. The birds start chirping, the squirrels resume munching, the hummingbirds start to hum, the bees buzz, and love…

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Bald Brood

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An interesting brood symptom you may come across in a weak hive in the spring is Bald Brood. Bald brood is caused by the Lesser wax moth (Achroia gresella) or the Greater wax moth (Galleria mellonella.) You can see in the image below the linear pattern of uncapping that occurs due to the wax moths…

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Know Your Local Pollinators!

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Today I am posting on behalf of one of our undergrads, Tyler Connine. He is a pre-med biochemistry major at University of Maryland with a unique awareness of the natural world. Tyler is part of our ongoing Nosema project which is focused on the examination of individual bees for Nosema spores. Aside from his growing interest…

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Unknown Brood Damage

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Posted 4/17/2013 This blog was changed from the original post. The title has changed from Pesticide brood Kill to Unknown Brood Damage. This change was in response to the comments I have received both on this blog and by emails, I want to clarify a few of my comments. First, I regret the original title…

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Universal Hive

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The universal hive can be used to solve many everyday beekeeping challenges including how to maximize the potential and ultimately the production of a hive by means of increasing its worth through the diversification of its function. Beekeepers can be measured by their ability to act and react to an ever changing environment. They possess…

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Potent Pollen

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Dr. Zachary Huang out of Michigan State University recently wrote a review titled “Pollen nutrition affects honey bee stress resistance.” Frustratingly, it is one of those papers where you need to either pay $35 to get access to it or have access via a University library. Since it is hard to get ahold of, I…

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European Foulbrood (EFB) Part 2.

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The most problematic pest beekeepers encounter in the United States today is the varroa mite. The varroa mite (Varroa destructor) is an ectoparasite associated with spreading disease, pathogens and reducing the lifespan of male and female honey bees. The mites accomplish this by creating wounds in honey bees with piercing/sucking mouthparts, then feeding on the…

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Waggle Dance

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A couple weeks ago we heard a talk on native bees and the way in which they communicate nectar source locations amongst themselves. Certain native bees leave an odor trail by way of pheromone droplets. The stronger the pheromone is, the more bees that will be attracted and led to the food source. Honey bees…

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Gardening for Pollinators

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Warm weather is just around the corner which makes this the perfect time of year to begin planting a garden. Working in the garden is relaxing, a great form of exercise and adds to aesthetics of your yard, plus you get lots of yummy home-grown veggies! But why stop here? Knock two birds out with…

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