Posts Categorized: Basic Beekeeping

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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Houston, We Have A Problem

https://beeinformed.org/2011/09/22/houston-we-have-a-problem/

Houston, we have a problem.  I was out in the field the other afternoon and we were getting ready to head back into the lab when we got a phone call. One of our visiting scientists said there was a case of robbing going on in another yard that we call “Mushroom.” Although I had…

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Flames

https://beeinformed.org/2011/09/16/flames/

Of all the things that could worry me about going out into the field, will someone please explain to me why I fear lighting the smoker the most?  It’s not being around thousands of insects that could inflict harm, or having bees crawl up my legs or land in my hair, nope, I love the…

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Frames of Bees

“Colony 47 is queen right with eggs and larvae, there are 10 frames of bees, I got sealed brood at 5,8,11,15,21,29,23,21,17,16, 9, and 5.  The brood pattern is good and there are no diseases…”  This is an example of dialogue between Bee Team members calling out observations from hive inspections and colony assessments in the…

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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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Raindrops

https://beeinformed.org/2011/09/09/raindrops/

Once again, the inspiration for this post comes from a weather pattern that has caused astir in the area as rain pelts the east coast causing major flooding, major power outages, traffic delays, and host of other issues. Even here at the USDA the rain has produced some scary looking brown puddles spilling out of…

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Field Notes and Hive Inspection

https://beeinformed.org/2011/09/07/field-notes-and-hive-inspection/

  Not taking notes while inspecting your hives is like going to Yellowstone without bringing a camera.  You might still get what you want out of the experience but you will have no snapshots of things you might otherwise forget.  Organizing your observations into a notebook or spreadsheet during a hive inspection will provide information…

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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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Sugar & Syrup

https://beeinformed.org/2011/09/01/sugar-syrup/

As August draws to a close and the morning air brings a slight chill we are reminded that season’s change is once again, drawing near. While these weather patterns are welcomed changes for some of us, bringing crunchy leaves and crisp, brisk air, the same cannot be said for the bees. As summer tapers off,…

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Differentiated Females

Two weeks ago while inspecting some hives just outside of Willows, CA I shot the video of this queen. She caught my attention because of the distinct striping on her abdomen. Rob Snyder and I were in Willows to inspect and sample hives that were in sunflowers for pollination service. Tomorrow I have a presentation…

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