The Classroom – July 2024
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5d ago
Q Stopping sugar water fermentation Nelson Pomeroy, in his book “Bumblebee Keeper” describes how Koppert solved the problem of fermenting syrup a long time ago: 0.05% potassium sorbate. The explanation is on page 108. Chris May Australia, April A Thanks for the information. I confess that I am answering this question prior to getting access to the book. I did a quick literature search on potassium sorbate and like you said, it appears that it is used to stop fermentation in products such as homemade wine. I could not find any information specifically related to honey bees or bumble bees ..read more
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Bee-Free Honey and Modern Farming: A Body Count
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5d ago
Parents can’t help but grin when their children insist that food comes from grocery stores. Where else? But many adults know little more than their kids, especially about modern farming. Many of us still envision Old MacDonald, the friendly farmer with the dog and the duck, the goat and the goose, surrounded by undulating hills that provide unlimited corn, potatoes, apples, pork, and milk. Modern farms, even organic ones, are not inviting environments for man or beast, but somehow we hang onto the fiction of a “quack quack” here and a “moo moo” there. The pastoral image is more palatable than ..read more
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EFB and AFB in the USA: Trends Between 2015 and 2022
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5d ago
I spend a lot of time worrying about Melissococcus plutonius and Paenibacillus larvae, the bacteria that cause European foulbrood (EFB) and American foulbrood (AFB) diseases, respectively. Both are rare compared to that insidious parasitic varroa mite, but they can cause major problems if they rear their heads in my apiaries. I also teach veterinarians about these diseases because the 2017 Veterinary Feed Directive requires that beekeepers obtain antibiotic prescriptions from a veterinarian to treat EFB or AFB. So, we’d better have plenty of vets trained in honey bee biology and disease diagno ..read more
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Ants: A Pest of Bees or Beekeepers?
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5d ago
Why did it have to be ants? It happened quickly. Literally, the second day that two nucs were set up, black ants were already in the top feeder of one of the new colonies. Overnight, foraging ants found the internal feeder long before the bees, and the ants had to travel a much greater distance. I’m forced to admit that’s impressive. Here’s a short version of the long story. At 17 years of age, this past spring, my oldest grandson decided to become a beekeeper. I did all I could to help him, but since we are separated by about 200 miles, I tried to simplify all common beginning bee procedures ..read more
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A Beekeeper’s Introduction to the Other Stinging Insects – Paper Wasps, Yellow Jackets, and Hornets: Part 2
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5d ago
In the previous article, we briefly examined the vast biology of paper wasps and confronted a typical problem with yellow jackets. Here we continue with yellow jackets and finish these descriptions with the European hornet (Vespa crabro). Currently the European hornet is the most similar social insect to the Asian hornets (which occur as 22 species, all in the same genus Vespa). If these hornet species become established here, expect U.S. apiculture to endure yet another difficulty (see below), following a pattern similar to that occurring in Europe. (The damage would depend on the behaviors o ..read more
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Keeping Bees is More Fun with Knowledge
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5d ago
I was taught early on that nothing in life is free. If you want something you have to work for it. My introduction to beekeeping started at an early age. I had a father, grandpa, and uncle to guide me. At times I wished that they did something other than keep bees. As a teenager, I rebelled. Getting stung was not fun. Beekeeping is a hard way to make a living. The hours are long, the summers are hot, and working in the honey house after school took the fun right out of it. I have been invited to share some basic beekeeping thoughts with you. As many of you know, keeping bees can be challenging ..read more
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Letters to the Editor – July 2024
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5d ago
Queen Replacement I really enjoyed this excellent article by Eleanor Schumacher [“Queen Status — and Assisting the Coronation,” June], and would like to add my thoughts to her approach to requeening a dud colony. I find a great alternative to the shook swarm (or even hunting for a dud queen or laying bees), that will not be so work intensive, and keeps the disturbance at the site to a minimum is as follows: Needs — good flying weather and the following materials: queenright nuc plus brood boxes, floor and lid to accommodate bees from dud hive. Steps: 1. Remove all frames of resources from the ..read more
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SOME VARIETIES OF ANNUAL FLOWERS HAVE A PLACE IN POLLINATOR-FRIENDLY GARDENS
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5d ago
Begonias, impatiens, and other popular annual flowers can draw in pollinators— but only if you pick the right cultivars Annapolis, MD; May 13, 2024, Entomological Society of America—While wildflowers and perennials are a must for supporting pollinators, there’s no denying the popularity of many annual flowers for their colorful, visual appeal. Annuals are often thought of as pollinator “deserts,” but a new study suggests choosing the right varieties can give annual flowers a role in nourishing bees and other pollinating insects in home gardens. In a two-year study, researchers at Michigan Stat ..read more
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ASIAN YELLOW-LEGGED HORNET FOUND IN AUSTRIA AND THE CZECH REPUBLIC
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5d ago
A yellow-legged hornet, Vespa velutina Lepeletier, was found in Austria, near the city of Saltzberg, on April 9, 2024, the first time that this hornet has been detected in Austria. This invasive hornet continues its dispersal throughout Europe and was also discovered in the neighboring Czech Republic in 2023. The yellow-legged hornet is believed to have first entered Europe in the region of Lot-et-Garonne, in southwestern France, in or before 2004 and may have been imported with a shipment of pottery from China. Much of Europe offers a favorable environment for this invasive species and it has ..read more
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Contents – July 2024
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5d ago
Book Reviews: Summer Reads Rusty Burlew, Carol Hrusovsky – 697 What’s Blooming in your Neck of the Woods? Ed Szymanski – 712 Something Different – Cordovan Bees Peter L Borst – 727 Can Robbing Screens Reduce Mite Immigration – Part 1 Randy Oliver Michigan Guild Promotes Sustainable Practices to Nation’s Beekeepers Tina Sebestyen – 733 Approved Chemicals for Organic Colony Management Selina Bruckner, Robyn Underwood, Margarita López-Uribe – 749 A Commercial Perspective: July is Hive Beetle Time Charles Linder – 753 Beekeeping in Wartime Israel Tina Sebestyen – 767 Flower Lines Peter Keilty – 77 ..read more
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