Posts By: Heather Eversole

October Bee Lab Varroa and Nosema Results

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The Maryland lab has been very busy this past month! We temporarily relocated our sample processing while our lab undergoes a remodel. This remodel will permit us to process a larger number of samples. For the month of October (10/2-10/29/14), numerous samples were processed in the Maryland Bee lab.  The lab examined 1448 varroa and…

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September Bee Lab Varroa and Nosema Results

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The beekeeping season keeps many busy in the spring through the fall and the Maryland lab is no exception. Traditionally, September is our busiest month for sample processing as most of the tech teams are sending in the last round of samples from the field. We also are spending more time reviewing disease load trends…

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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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Honey is more than just a sweet treat

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Honey has many uses besides being a delicious food consumed by our favorite flying friends and us. I found some wonderful home remedies I would like to share and try. Honey can help heal open wounds and treat burns.  According to an article in Scientific World Journal (2011), honey‘s antibacterial properties can kill off bacteria…

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Large Pests of Honey Bees

There are many pests of honeybees. I will discuss a few of the larger animals. The Mid-Atlantic Apicultural Research & Extensions Consortium has a great publication on the topic http://agdev.anr.udel.edu/maarec/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Pests_of_Honey_Bees_PM.pdf. Like Winnie the Pooh, bears love to chow down on brood and honey. Their quest for honey results in a hive being destroyed in the…

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Spelling Bee

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Bees are intertwined not only directly and indirectly with the food we eat, but also in our vocabulary. Chances are you have either competed in a spelling bee, know someone who has or have seen it in the media. Spelling bees have been around for quite some time, yet few know how our favorite insect,…

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“Bee” Movies

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Bees truly are everywhere. Even in cinema you can find them. With the anticipation of the 2013 summer movies, I thought I would investigate movies with bees as a main character.  I came across a few classics: The Deadly Bees (1966), Killer Bees (1974) and The Bees (1978). The movie posters are amazing.Then there are…

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Community health major learns about bees…

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Norriss Vassell II is a community health major  studying at the University of Maryland. His curiosity of bees led him to our lab this semester. Here is his blog…Enjoy! I found out I was allergic to bees through being stung and have disliked them a great deal ever since. I undertook this internship to learn…

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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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