Posts By: Katie Lee

How to Make a Bee Beard

Having about 10,000 bees on your face is one of the best ways to demonstrate how calm and fun bees can be. I have done a few bee beards for demonstrations at fairs and the most common question I get asked is how the bee beard works. I will give a walk through of how…

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Hygienic Behavior

https://beeinformed.org/2011/07/25/hygienic-behavior/

Hygienic behavior is a trait that correlates with resistance to chalkbrood, American Foulbrood, and Varroa. Bees with the trait are able to detect, uncap, and remove infected pupae before they become infectious, slowing the spread of disease and the population growth of the mite. It is a trait with multiple genes involved influencing the uncapping…

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Rice Country

https://beeinformed.org/2011/07/18/rice-country/

A couple of weeks ago, Randall “Cass” Mutters took Rob, Mike, and me on a tour of the rice industry in Northern California. Cass is the rice farm advisor at UC Cooperative Extension, Butte County with an office just down the hallway of my own. According to www.calrice.org, 95% of the state’s rice is grown north…

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Future

There is so much we can do in the future. During the formation of the BeeInformed Partnership, Dennis approached Marla about taking the Bee Team under its umbrella. Dennis wanted people on the ground to work hands-on with beekeepers in northern California. Marla and I were all too excited at the prospect of being a…

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Present

https://beeinformed.org/2011/06/20/present/

I never thought I would get sick of listening to classic rock, but I did on the three day drive from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Chico, CA on a road trip with my dad. It is his favorite music, and since he was generous to come with me we listened to whatever he wanted. It was…

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Origins

https://beeinformed.org/2011/06/07/origins/

On this blog, I will share the work I am doing with bee breeders in Northern California. However, I would to give a more complete story through a three-part blog of how I got here, what I am doing now, and where I hope this project will go. Origins Bee breeding if the most interesting…

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Weather in Northern California

https://beeinformed.org/2011/05/31/weather-in-northern-california/

Beekeepers are farmers. And like other types of farmers, beekeepers depend. on the weather. And this was a particularly stressful year for weather. Queen season started out with temperatures much lower than normal and rainy in February and March. The problem with the poor weather is the queens that normally would go out and mate…

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Nosema

https://beeinformed.org/2011/04/27/nosema-2/

Nosema. This gut fungus is still a mystery to me. The more I sample, the less it seems to make sense. I take samples for Nosema, analyze them, and provide the results to the beekeeper. The idea is to provide hopefully useful information to help with treatment decisions or decisions on choosing breeder. However, when I…

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Drone Comets

Ray Olivarez (http://www.ohbees.com) hosted a hobby beekeeper day at his place last Saturday. Beekeepers come to pick up their packages, socialize, and maybe learn something new. There were package installation demonstrations, Randy Oliver spoke, I spoke and did a Varroa sampling demonstration, and there was a delightful tri-tip BBQ. The whole event was really well…

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