Posts By: Rob Snyder

Preparing frames for foundation

https://beeinformed.org/2013/01/22/preparing-frames-for-foundation/

In the next few months beekeepers all over the country will start to inspect hives if they haven’t already. Some pests can be destructive over the fall and winter months. There are two common pests that cause damage during this time, mice and wax moths. Both pests cost beekeepers valuable time in fixing the problem…

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Yellow Jackets

https://beeinformed.org/2012/10/11/yellow-jackets/

With winter approaching and food sources dwindling honey bee colonies are starting to be harassed by pests. Yellow Jackets are one of the most common pests, they feed on bees, larva, brood, honey bee bread and pretty much anything they can take advantage of in the hive. During this time of year when robbing becomes…

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Phorid Fly (Light Trapping)

https://beeinformed.org/2012/08/20/phorid-fly-light-trapping/

The past few months I have been trying to capture honey bees that are infected with Phorid Flies in the Chico, CA area. So what is a Phorid Fly? It is a fly commonly referred to as the humpback-fly because of its appearance. Previously the fly was known to parasitize bumble bees and paper wasps…

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Antlions (Myrmeleontidae)

https://beeinformed.org/2012/08/03/antlions-myrmeleontidae/

Previously I wrote a blog about an insect known as a “Wormlion.” I suspected this insect to be an Antlion at first. I then figured that not many people knew what an Antlion was so I figured I would blog about them. Antlions are in the order Neuroptera which in English translates into “nerve-wings.” An…

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Sorting Insect Specimens

https://beeinformed.org/2012/07/23/sorting-insect-specimens/

In previous blogs I have talked about catching, pinning, labeling and storing insects. I am going to talk about how I process the samples to conserve space. This process is simple but takes time. I started out with a bug case with a few different series of bees and other insects. There is an image…

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Observing retinue behavior.

On Thursday, Mike and I attempted to observe retinue behavior. So what is retinue behavior? Retinue behavior is the action of worker bees towards the queen including antennating, grooming and trophallaxis. A substance produced by the mandibular glands of the queen is thought to be the trigger for this retinue behavior. Antennating is the tapping…

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Wormlion (Vermilionidae)

https://beeinformed.org/2012/06/29/wormlion-vermilionidae/

On a recent trip I stumbled onto pits in sandy soil. The first thing that came to mind was Antlions which congregate in dry soil. They sit in the bottom of the pits and wait for unsuspecting prey to fall in. Upon further investigation I found that there were small worm-like larvae in the bottom…

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Velvet Ants (Mutillidae)

https://beeinformed.org/2012/06/22/velvet-ants-mutillidae/

On a recent adventure into the Ishi Wilderness…(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishi_Wilderness) I stumbled onto my second Velvet Ant (Mutillidae) in California. This one was similar to the first species I saw. There are a few images below that show the first one I collected. Mike also found a Velvet Ant that looked to be the same species. Velvet…

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