Monthly Archives: April 2014

Bees in the Classroom

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Have you ever thought about teaching your kids, grandchildren, a young family friend, or even a class at a local elementary school about honey bees? Well, I have! I love going into elementary classrooms and teaching the youth about honey bees. They are our next generation of bee keepers, farmers, scientists, and researchers so we…

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The Pygmy Shrew: A little mammal that is causing big problems in Canadian overwintering colonies

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Typically when critter infestations come up into beekeeping conversation these common mammals come to mind: bears, skunks, mice, opossums and raccoons. Just like their size, pygmy shrews often fall under the radar. However, Fletcher Colpitts, Chief Apiary Inspector of New Brunswick, Canada, is working to make information about the pygmy shrew more available. He recently…

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Killer Hornets

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The world’s largest hornet is the Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarinia) and subspecies, Japanese Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarinia japonica).  The body size typically hovers around 2.2 inches and the stinger alone is a quarter of an inch.  They are extremely fast as they can fly up to 25mph.  The tissue damaging venom has killed 42…

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My Bee Adventures

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It all started when I was registering for fall semester of my freshman year of college.  I was scrolling through the list of General Education courses, searching for a semi-interesting class that would fulfill as many General Education requirements as possible.  Given the fact that I was adjusting my schedule towards the end of the…

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