Posts By: Rachel Bozarth

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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How dogs’ incredible sense of smell can help beekeepers

http://beeinformed.org/2013/11/how-dogs-incredible-sense-of-smell-can-help-beekeepers/

Dogs are truly amazing, not only for their loyalty and affection but also for their incredible sense of smell. It is common knowledge that their nose easily overpowers our own.  In fact, it’s approximately 10,000 times better according to researchers at FSU. James Walker describes it well: “If you make the analogy to vision, what…

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Queens and Nosema ceranae

http://beeinformed.org/2013/11/queens-and-nosema-ceranae/

While I have only done it a few times, every once in a while a beekeeper will contact our lab and ask us to check a queen for Nosema spores. A couple weeks ago a beekeeper experienced unusual losses in his apiary. Since he wanted to cover all bases so to say, he also sent…

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Building a Humidity Chamber

http://beeinformed.org/2013/07/building-a-humidity-chamber-part-1/

Right now we’re experiencing an extreme heat wave in Maryland. The rising temperatures combined with high humidity would make beekeeping pretty miserable in this weather. So for all of the folks tending their hives this week, be careful! Andrew and I are taking advantage of being trapped inside (thank you, AC!) and are using this…

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Zombees!

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You may remember hearing in the news a while back about the appearance of zombie bees along the west coast of the United States. No, the zombie bees aren’t a result from a bio experiment gone wrong, but are honey bees being parasitized by Apocephalus borealis aka the zombie fly. The female fly finds a…

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Solitary Bee Observation Hives

http://beeinformed.org/2013/05/solitary-bee-observation-hives/

Jordan Arata is a mechanical engineering major at University of Maryland who worked on the native pollinator project in our lab. He is also a member of the beekeeping club on campus and started the UMD apiary on the North Campus Diner. This is his blog entry… As a PollinaTerp, I was tasked with building…

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PollinaTerps

http://beeinformed.org/2013/05/pollinaterps/

Dana Rushovich is an environmental science & policy major at University of Maryland. Her interest in honey bees led her to our lab this semester. This is her blog. Stepping on a bees nest and getting stung 8 times would likely turn any 6 year old off of bees. I was no exception.  I was…

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To Bee Or Not To Bee

http://beeinformed.org/2013/05/to-bee-or-not-to-bee/

Ghonva Ghauri is a pre-med physiology and neurobiology major at University of Maryland. She is part of our ongoing Nosema project which is focused on the examination of individual bees for Nosema spores. Aside from microscopy, Ghonva has shown an interest in how honey bees have become a part of human cultures across the world. This…

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Know Your Local Pollinators!

http://beeinformed.org/2013/04/know-your-local-pollinators/

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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