Posts Tagged: queen

BQCV (Black Queen Cell Virus)

http://beeinformed.org/2013/12/bqcv-black-queen-cell-virus/

So what is a virus? A virus is an infectious agent that parasitizes a host cell to replicate. Viruses can cause clinical symptoms, larvae death, or no symptoms at all. BQCV is caused by a virus in the family Dicistroviridae. BQCV is in the genus Cripavirus, which is different from other viruses like Acute Bee…

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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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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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Queen Bee Identification

http://beeinformed.org/2012/04/queen-bee-identification/

Over the past few months we have been sampling and assessing colonies throughout queen breeders operations. We looked at colony size, weight, brood pattern, bee color and queen status. I had a chance to photograph some different Italian queens (Apis mellifera ligustica) and Carniolan queens (Apis mellifera carnica). Both species are usually gentle and can…

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Finding the Queen

For the purpose of hive inspection determining the status of the queen is highly dependent on a beekeepers ability to identify eggs, larvae, pupae, and the queen.  Finding eggs means the queen was or has been present in the hive within the last 1-3 days.  Without eggs you are left to assume that there may…

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Differentiated Females

Two weeks ago while inspecting some hives just outside of Willows, CA I shot the video of this queen. She caught my attention because of the distinct striping on her abdomen. Rob Snyder and I were in Willows to inspect and sample hives that were in sunflowers for pollination service. Tomorrow I have a presentation…

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