Posts By: Katie Lee

Queen Pheromones

https://beeinformed.org/2012/12/07/queen-pheromones/

A queen secretes her own combination of chemical scents, like a perfume. The queen’s scent gives the worker bees cues about the hive and the condition of the queen. The scent helps control swarming, it inhibits the development of ovaries in the worker bees, it tells the workers if a queen is mated or not,…

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Purple Brood

https://beeinformed.org/2012/11/20/purple-brood/

Liz and I spent a week in Southern California taking samples for the National Honey Bee Disease Survey. We came across purple brood – something I had never seen before. The larvae had a bright purple hue to them along their gut line. It was quite pretty. After some research, it seems that the most…

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Autumn and the Death of Drones

https://beeinformed.org/2012/10/19/autumn-and-the-death-of-drones/

The autumn is here and it is getting pretty chilly in Minnesota. The shorter days and decreased temperatures also mean doom for the poor drones. While sampling colonies this past September, we saw worker bees drag out their reluctant brothers. A drone’s function is to mate, and there isn’t mating going on in the winter….

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Smoker Plug

https://beeinformed.org/2012/07/06/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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Midwest Bee Team

https://beeinformed.org/2012/05/17/midwest-bee-team/

This past weekend, I made a solo trip halfway across the country back to my homeland of Minnesota where I will now be based. One of the goals of the Bee Team program is to expand and establish multiple Teams around the country. There have been requests to establish Teams in the Northeast and Southeast,…

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Queen Season

https://beeinformed.org/2012/03/29/queen-season/

It is queen producing season! The first grafts happened late February and now thousands and thousands of nucs (mini colonies) are scattered across the Sacramento Valley. Normally, how it works is the beekeepers make up the tiny colonies with about a spam can of bees (that is the actual measurement in a few cases), put…

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Spring Sampling Season

https://beeinformed.org/2012/03/05/sampling-season/

Our spring sampling season is almost finished (in Northern CA, spring starts in January – coming from the Midwest, I initially found that very confusing) . It has been a marathon to try and get all the bees sampled before the queen breeding season starts. We’ve been sampling colonies for Varroa, Nosema, viruses, and hygienic…

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