Posts Categorized: Cool Entomology

New Web-based Tool for Fast Identification of Bee Mites

https://beeinformed.org/2016/11/07/new-web-based-tool-for-fast-identification-of-bee-mites/

Parasitic mites are known to be a factor in recent declines in bee pollinator populations. In particular, Varroa destructor, an introduced parasite and disease vector, has decimated colonies of the western honey bee, one of the most important agricultural pollinators in the world. Further, global trade in alternative pollinators increases the likelihood of moving mites,…

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Why did my honey bees die?

https://beeinformed.org/2016/03/08/why-did-my-honey-bees-die/

  Learning to identify a common cause of winter death in Northern Climates By Meghan Milbrath, Michigan State University Extension, March 8, 2016 Guest Blog Beekeepers in northern climates have already lost a lot of colonies this winter.  While official counts won’t be recorded for a few months, some trends are starting to emerge.  One…

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Bee Informed Partnership Diagnosis and treatment of Common Honey Bee Diseases Wins Bronze!

https://beeinformed.org/2015/12/16/bee-informed-partnership-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-common-honey-bee-diseases-wins-bronze/

At Apimondia this year our training manual for ‘Common honey bee diseases’ was submitted in the book category.  This simple training manual was entered among many other highly competitive books and won a bronze award to our surprise!  I originally wanted to create a honey bee disease/diagnosis manual because  most of the literature had very…

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Honey Bee Viral Analysis

https://beeinformed.org/2014/11/17/honey-bee-viral-analysis/

The APHIS National Honey Bee Survey (NHBS) is a comprehensive physical examination of apiaries throughout the United Stated.  The NHBS began in 2009 in order to address rising concerns over the health and sustainability of honey bee populations.  The NHBS was funded by USDA-APHIS and is a collaboration between the University of Maryland and the…

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Honeydew: A Mixed Blessing

https://beeinformed.org/2014/09/25/honeydew-a-mixed-blessing/

When Americans think of honey, most of us assume it comes from floral sources—basically bees collect flower nectar, add enzymes, and evaporate moisture to produce the finished product. However, I was recently talking to a friend who grew up near the Black Forest in Germany, and he told me as a child that his mother…

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Killer Hornets

https://beeinformed.org/2014/04/15/killer-hornets/

The world’s largest hornet is the Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarinia) and subspecies, Japanese Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarinia japonica).  The body size typically hovers around 2.2 inches and the stinger alone is a quarter of an inch.  They are extremely fast as they can fly up to 25mph.  The tissue damaging venom has killed 42…

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New Cell Cultures Advance Honey Bee Science

https://beeinformed.org/2013/11/18/new-cell-cultures-advance-honey-bee-science/

Cell cultures are cells that are removed from an organism and grown apart from the body in a controlled environment. Put another way, cells in a cell culture are living and reproducing, but are grown in a lab instead of as a part of a body. Cell lines are cell cultures that come from the…

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