Posts By: Katie Lee

California Bee Breeders Conference

https://beeinformed.org/2011/10/23/california-bee-breeders-conference/

Last week was the California Bee Breeder’s Association meeting. Mike, Rob and I attended and Dennis flew in from the East to go. I always enjoy the meetings in a large part because we get to watch all these independent personalities interact. We work with each beekeeper individually and get to know them, but only…

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Propolis and Bee Health

https://beeinformed.org/2011/10/11/propolis-and-bee-health/

I talked a little about propolis, human health, how bees collect it here, but now I want to talk about propolis and bee health. If the bees can’t eat propolis, then why would they collect it? It is costly to bring back to the hive since it takes time and energy away from bees that…

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The Promised Land

https://beeinformed.org/2011/10/05/the-promised-land/

This past week has been incredibly busy. We just started our major sampling for beekeepers – collecting about 100 samples in alcohol for Nosema and Varroa and recording information for each of the 100 sampled colonies like frames of bees, queen status, colony weight, temperament, bee color, and any diseases. The goal is to help…

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Pesticide Kill

https://beeinformed.org/2011/09/27/pesticide-kill/

Northern California is a beautiful place. I am located in the Sacramento Valley between the Sierra Nevada and Northern Coastal mountain ranges. The good soils partnered with a Mediterranean climate makes the Central Valley (the northern Sacramento Valley and the southern San Joaquin Valley) one of the most agriculturally productive regions in the world. The…

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Test for Varroa

https://beeinformed.org/2011/09/21/test-for-varroa/

I am going to save my original topic of propolis and bee health for a later weeks since it seems more apt to talk about Varroa this time of year. Late summer and early fall is the time when many beekeepers treat for Varroa. Treating now reduces the number of mites feeding on the bees…

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Propolis and human health

https://beeinformed.org/2011/09/13/propolis-and-human-health/

Poor Mike isn’t feeling so well this week. He likely has a cold. But on the positive side he can turn to our beloved bees for a bit of help. People all over the world use a substance bees collect to help treat colds, coughs, and general icky-ness: propolis. Some trees and plants excrete resins…

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Grafting

https://beeinformed.org/2011/08/31/grafting/

Thousands of queens are raised and sold around the country. But how does one get their bees to raise all these extra queens? The secret lies within manipulating the bees own biology (as does most of beekeeping). There are two types of eggs in the colony: unfertilized and fertilized. The unfertilized eggs will become drones…

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Honey Extraction

Bees bring nectar from flowers back to their hive. The foraging bees give the nectar to other bees that put the nectar in the cells. The bees fan the nectar and pull droplets in and out on their tongues to dry the nectar. Once nectar is somewhere under 18.6% water (higher than that, the honey…

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Drone Fishing

https://beeinformed.org/2011/08/16/drone-fishing/

Last week, Jody Gerdts and Maggie Shanahan went fishing for drones. Drones and queens mate generally over 60 feet up in the air. Drones gather in specific spots, queens fly by, and the drones chase her. The ones that catch-up get to mate. These drone congregation areas are sometimes even in the same from year-to-year….

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Bee Squad

https://beeinformed.org/2011/08/09/bee-squad/

When starting out, some hobby beekeepers feel overwhelmed with trying to understand what is going on in the hive and how they can best help their bees. I was really lucky when I learned how to keep bees, because I spent 40 hours per week with people who had spent years researching and keeping bees,…

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