Posts By: Andrew Garavito

Using Pollen Traps, and Processing Pollen Samples

http://beeinformed.org/2013/12/final-using-pollen-traps-and-processing-pollen-samples/

Installing pollen traps onto your honey bee colonies can provide many benefits.  First off, you can harvest the pollen granules from a hive for human consumption.  Bee pollen is marketed as a “Nutrient Rich Superfood,” and is sold at various health stores.  While there has not been much research into the potential benefits of taking bee pollen…

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An October Tour of the UMD Apiary

http://beeinformed.org/2013/10/an-october-tour-of-the-umd-apiary/

Last week, Jordan Arata and I had the pleasure of giving a tour of the UMD Apiary.  The apiary is located on the roof of a]one of the campus diners.  The tour was set up by Carin Cebuluski, from the UMD Arboretum; and only one person in the tour group had any beekeeping experience.  I really enjoy showing…

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Looking for Tracheal Mites

http://beeinformed.org/2013/07/looking-for-tracheal-mites/

Here at the UMD BIP lab, I have been looking for tracheal mites (Acarapis woodi) in honey bee samples.  Tracheal mites live in the trachea of honey bees, they enter the tracheal tubes through the bee’s spiracles.  Once inside the trachea, they puncture the wall of the trachea and feed on the bee’s haemolymph.  An…

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The Rooftop Apiaries at UMD, College Park

http://beeinformed.org/2013/07/the-rooftop-apiaries-at-umd-college-park/

Over the past month, I have had the pleasure of installing eight hives on the roofs of two buildings at the University of Maryland, College Park.  It was a new experience for me because I have never transported honey bees in my car.  My first trip was a bit chaotic.  Even as a novice honey…

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