Posts Tagged: Diseases and pests

Tropilaelaps Mites

http://beeinformed.org/2012/07/tropilaelaps-mites/

Among the many diseases and pests that the APHIS National Honey Bee Survey samples are analyzed for is the exotic parasite, the Tropilaelaps mite. These mites are native to tropical Asia and are a serious threat to the honey bee. While they naturally use the giant honey bee (Apis dorsata) as their host, Tropilaelaps mites…

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Wax Moth Damage

http://beeinformed.org/2012/07/wax-moth-damage/

One of this summer’s projects involves documenting a frame that is succumbing to a wax moth infestation. As I am finding out, through this documentation, wax moths are a highly destructive moth that attack honey bee frames, chewing their way through comb and wood and devastating an already weak colony. The damage is rapid, dirty,…

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Busy Bees at BRL

http://beeinformed.org/2012/06/busy-bees-at-brl/

The past month has been very busy for us at the Bee Research Lab in Maryland. There was one week we received shipments of alcohol samples from all 3 BIP teams: California, Minnesota and Hawaii. It was only a few weeks ago when we had boxes stacked high waiting to be processed. I am proud…

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Tower Hives

http://beeinformed.org/2012/06/tower-hives/

A few years back in 2006 as part of collaboration with Betterbee Inc. and Penn State University, the idea of a tower hive set up was piloted in New York as a method of Varroa mite control. A tower hive configuration is simply two hives placed side by side. When the hives are ready to…

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Honey Bee Lab from Home

From time to time we are approached by beekeepers who are interested in setting up their own labs so that they can take samples of their bees and test them for Varroa mites and Nosema spores. Most beekeepers know what a Varroa mite looks like so identification usually isn’t an issue. Counting Nosema spores can…

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Ranunculus Poisoning

http://beeinformed.org/2012/05/ranunculus-poisoning/

A few weeks ago Dennis received a call regarding a Maryland beekeeper concerning what was believed to be a pesticide kill.   Throughout the conversation it was learned that there was an abundance of the common pasture weed, buttercups (Ranunculus species), growing in close proximity to the hives.  The beekeeper noted that the bees appeared to…

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Pest and predators of honey bees

http://beeinformed.org/2012/05/pest-and-preditors-of-honey-bees/

As the weather starts to warm and flowers start to bloom, honey bee colonies start hoarding pollen and nectar to rear brood. At the same time, honey bee pests start to awaken from their winter slumbers or eclose from an egg. What are these pest interested in? Most pests feed on the bees themselves, bee…

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Hive History

http://beeinformed.org/2012/05/hive-history/

The summer sampling period began 10 days ago with the sixteen beekeepers participating in the Bee Informed Partnership. This sampling period places an emphasis on determining Varroa mite and Nosema levels prior to beekeepers treating with medicines this year. Most beekeepers will try to have their mite treatments in 30 days prior to the nectar…

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