Posts Tagged: varroa

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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Know your honey bee colonies: non-destructive testing for varroa mites

https://beeinformed.org/2015/03/20/know-your-honey-bee-colonies-non-destructive-testing-for-varroa-mites/

Varroa mites (Varroa destructor) were accidentally introduced into the U.S. in 1987 and rapidly became a destructive pest of honeybees. Not only do varroa mites suck the blood (haemolymph) of the bees, they transmit disease through this feeding and generally weaken colonies (Rosenkranz et al. 2010).  Low infestations of varroa mites left without mitigation can…

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Parasitic Mite Syndrome (PMS)

https://beeinformed.org/2013/10/15/parasitic-mite-syndrome-pms/

PMS or Parasitic Mite Syndrome is a condition that causes a honey bee colony to deteriorate and eventually dwindle away and die. There has not yet been a pathogen detected which causes the brood symptoms that appear with this syndrome. However there are always varroa mites present with this syndrome. The brood symptoms look similar…

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Bald Brood

https://beeinformed.org/2013/04/23/bald-brood/

An interesting brood symptom you may come across in a weak hive in the spring is Bald Brood. Bald brood is caused by the Lesser wax moth (Achroia gresella) or the Greater wax moth (Galleria mellonella.) You can see in the image below the linear pattern of uncapping that occurs due to the wax moths…

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How to make a Sugar Roll jar

https://beeinformed.org/2013/03/19/how-to-make-a-sugar-roll-jar/

A sugar roll test is a simple way to monitor your varroa mite loads without killing a lot of bees. It is easy and fast and only a few items are needed. To make a sugar roll jar you will need a few supplies. You can get these supplies at a home improvement store and…

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Emergency Response Kits

https://beeinformed.org/2013/02/11/emergency-response-kits/

With 2013 already off to a running start, we at the Bee Informed Partnership are looking forward to the coming year and the many new initiatives we are planning on launching. One such project we unveiled in late 2012 was the Emergency Response Kits (ERK), which is a partner initiative with the USDA Bee Research…

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Tropilaelaps Mites

https://beeinformed.org/2012/07/24/tropilaelaps-mites/

Among the many diseases and pests that the APHIS National Honey Bee Survey samples are analyzed for is the exotic parasite, the Tropilaelaps mite. These mites are native to tropical Asia and are a serious threat to the honey bee. While they naturally use the giant honey bee (Apis dorsata) as their host, Tropilaelaps mites…

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Tower Hives

https://beeinformed.org/2012/06/12/tower-hives/

A few years back in 2006 as part of collaboration with Betterbee Inc. and Penn State University, the idea of a tower hive set up was piloted in New York as a method of Varroa mite control. A tower hive configuration is simply two hives placed side by side. When the hives are ready to…

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