Posts Tagged: jennie

Emergency Response Kits

http://beeinformed.org/2013/02/emergency-response-kits/

With 2013 already off to a running start, we at the Bee Informed Partnership are looking forward to the coming year and the many new initiatives we are planning on launching. One such project we unveiled in late 2012 was the Emergency Response Kits (ERK), which is a partner initiative with the USDA Bee Research…

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January Travel

http://beeinformed.org/2013/01/january-travel/

The past couple of weeks have been filled with exciting travel and great experiences. The month of January began with our annual BIP meeting where the team gathered in Hershey, PA to discuss the year’s accomplishments and the many tasks that lie ahead. Having all our far-away team members in the same room, speaking face-to-face…

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Bats As Pollinators

http://beeinformed.org/2012/10/bats-as-pollinators/

Last week we got the opportunity to sit on in some of the presentations at the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) conference in Arlington, VA. A few of these talks mentioned or focused on unusual pollinators. To me, when I think pollinator I immediately think bee and I would guess it is the same…

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Sweat Bees

http://beeinformed.org/2012/10/sweat-bees/

Because we focus the majority of our time and energy into honey bees by working in the field, running samples and writing reports, it is easy for us to forget that other pollinators exist and play an important part in our ecosystem. One such example of another valuable pollinator is the sweat bee, or Halictidae,…

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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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Entombed Pollen

http://beeinformed.org/2012/06/entombed-pollen/

Through National Survey sampling and helping with USDA field work and forage studies I have had the opportunity to evaluate many different hives from Maryland to California to North Dakota over the past year. These hives hare both stationary and migratory, having been placed in many locations across the US, and have provided me with…

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Swarm Season

http://beeinformed.org/2012/06/swarm-season/

I am sure you have all heard it, or maybe even been fortunate, or rather should I say unfortunate enough, to witness, attempt to prevent, or have your hive succumb to what this year has experienced especially frequently—swarming.  Maryland beekeepers would agree, as I heard in the state meeting this past weekend, that calls for…

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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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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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