Posts Tagged: Interesting miscellaneous

Urban Beekeeping in Washington

http://beeinformed.org/2012/11/urban-beekeeping-in-washington/

  Hunt. (2012). The Rise of Urban Beekeeping in Washington. The Washingtonian. November 2012. “Colony Collapse Disorder is a real concern—but some backyard beekeepers are trying to combat it.”   Hunt. (2012). The Rise of Urban Beekeeping in Washington. The Washingtonian. November 2012.

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Apitherapy

http://beeinformed.org/2012/10/apitherapy/

In a recent conversation with my grandparents, long time arthritis sufferers, they mentioned something about honey bee stings to help ease the pain of arthritis. While this was news to me, apitherapy, as it is apparently called, and is the use of bee related products for medicinal purposes is not new at all. In fact,…

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Beekeeping Enters the Cloud

http://beeinformed.org/2012/10/beekeeping-enters-the-cloud/

Being at the intersection of computing and beekeeping affords unique opportunities for me to share my love of beekeeping.  Beekeeping Enters the Cloud was the catchy title for a talk I gave at the Microsoft Research Cloud Futures 2011 conference where I explained how cloud computing is being used to address the problem of high…

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All the Rage

http://beeinformed.org/2012/09/all-the-rage/

In the past few years I have noticed what I like to call the ‘owl phenomenon.’  Whether it is fashion, jewelry, stationary, kitchen gadgets, china figurines, tote bags and host of other items, owls are showing up everywhere. Keeping in characteristic with all trends that come and go, a new creature is slowly seeping into…

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BIP Survey Winner

The Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) was able to draw in 5,543 U.S. beekeepers to our latest 2011/2012 winter loss survey. This number of respondents represents an estimated 20% of beekeepers in the U.S. who manage over 14.6% of the country’s estimated 2.49 million colonies. We’re hoping to get even more next year and to do…

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2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

http://beeinformed.org/2012/07/2012-smithsonian-folklife-festival/

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an annual festival held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. that celebrates cultural diversity and traditions. The USDA Bee Research Lab was asked to participate this year as part of the theme “Campus and Community”. The festival commemorated the 150th anniversary of USDA and land-grant universities. Abraham Lincoln signed…

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It’s Raining Frass!

http://beeinformed.org/2012/07/its-raining-frass/

In early June I experienced an outbreak of forest tent caterpillars (FTC), Malacosoma disstria, while sampling at an apiary in west-central Minnesota. Not only were the hive lids covered with frass, the technical term for insect feces, but the caterpillars themselves were falling on both the lids and my shoulders as I worked. According to…

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Smoker Plug

http://beeinformed.org/2012/07/smoker-plug/

It has been really busy out in the Midwest recently. Liz and I visited nine beekeepers in North Dakota the past week. Once I catch up with the work, I will write more about the experience. But for now, here is something on smokers. Having your smoker puff billows of smoke out of your truck…

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Wormlion (Vermilionidae)

http://beeinformed.org/2012/06/wormlion-vermilionidae/

On a recent trip I stumbled onto pits in sandy soil. The first thing that came to mind was Antlions which congregate in dry soil. They sit in the bottom of the pits and wait for unsuspecting prey to fall in. Upon further investigation I found that there were small worm-like larvae in the bottom…

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Velvet Ants (Mutillidae)

http://beeinformed.org/2012/06/velvet-ants-mutillidae/

On a recent adventure into the Ishi Wilderness…(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishi_Wilderness) I stumbled onto my second Velvet Ant (Mutillidae) in California. This one was similar to the first species I saw. There are a few images below that show the first one I collected. Mike also found a Velvet Ant that looked to be the same species. Velvet…

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