Posts By: Rob Snyder

How to store soft bodied insects

https://beeinformed.org/2011/12/02/2921/

In my last blog I explained how to pin and label bees. In this blog I am going to talk about another way to store and preserve soft bodied insects or larvae. This is particularly useful when you want to store the larvae or pupae of bees. There is an image above of different bee…

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How to Pin Bees

https://beeinformed.org/2011/11/18/how-to-pin-bees/

In prior blogs, I talked about methods of collecting bees from nets to bowl traps. I am now going to talk about the process of pinning the insects that have been collected. If the collected bees are frozen, put them on a paper towel or tissue to dry for 10 minutes or so. I will…

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Collecting with Bowl Traps

https://beeinformed.org/2011/11/08/collecting-with-bowl-traps/

In my previous blog I talked about collecting bees. I am now going to talk about using another tool for collecting insects. This collection method uses bowl traps. The bowl traps are painted various colors to attract different bee species. For the past 3 years I have been using Silica flat yellow fluorescent and silica…

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How to collect bees

https://beeinformed.org/2011/11/01/how-to-collect-bees/

Before going out to collect bees there are a few things that you will need. Some of items are essential for collecting faster flying specimens. You should have small lidded containers to place the bees in. If you put small pieces of tissue in the container, those pieces give the bees something to hold on…

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Ocelli or “Simple eye”

https://beeinformed.org/2011/10/26/2306/

The word ocelli is derived from the Latin word ocellus and means little eye. The ocelli are simple eyes that bees use to orientate themselves towards the sun. Located in a triangular shape are two dorsal ocelli and one central ocelli. They are located dorsally on the bees head (see images above for location). The…

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Wax Moth

https://beeinformed.org/2011/10/10/wax-moth/

I would like to talk about a pest previously mentioned in these blogs called the “Wax Moth.” This pest can be a problem all year round especially with stored equipment. Here are some ways to store comb, if you have any other ways to store your equipment please post in the comments. You can use…

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Battles at the Entrance

https://beeinformed.org/2011/09/16/battles-at-the-entrance/

As fall approaches and forage becomes scarce, honey bees become more aggressive to protecting their honey crop. The honey crop is collected throughout the spring and summer. They use the stored honey throughout the winter to fuel their survival by beating their flight muscles to generate heat to warm the colony. The honey becomes very…

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Almonds, pollination and harvesting

https://beeinformed.org/2011/09/03/almonds-pollination-and-harvesting/

To get almonds you need pollinators. Above is an image of a handful of honey bee colonies out in an orchard during the almond bloom. This pollination starts at the end of January and throughout February depending on weather. There are close to a million honey bee colonies in California during the time of this…

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