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CATCH THE BUZZ- Gut Bacteria Key to Honey Bee ID

‘Honey bee, it’s me’ Study: Gut bacteria is key to bee ID By: Talia Ogliore Are you who you say you are? Guard bees inspect a forager at the entrance to a hive. Research from Washington University in St. Louis suggests that the gut microbiome is critical to communication for honey bees. (Photo: Nathan Beach) For a honey bee, few…
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October 15, 2020
American Bee Journal

A Sinister Tale of Cemetery Honey

Why do people keep bees? These days, it seems that honey has nothing to do with it. “I don’t care about the honey,” they say with conviction. Instead, they cite a desire to pollinate their gardens or save the bees. Maybe that’s true for some. Others, I think, just want to look cool or intimidate the neighbors. Their reasons are…
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October 15, 2020
American Bee Journal

Biosecurity in the Bee Yard

Biosecurity is a set of preventative measures designed to reduce the risks of infectious disease transmission to and among livestock. It means doing everything you can to reduce the chances of an infectious disease being carried onto your farm/property by people, animals, equipment or vehicles. Biosecurity is a key part of raising livestock, and most people who are raising other…
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October 15, 2020
American Bee Journal

Queen Introduction: Part 5 The Effects of a Second Queen

This series of queen introduction articles grew from time with observation hives, watching the fluctuation in the number of bees balling on the screen of the queen cages, and later on, even watching the queens and attendant bees inside the cages. Figure 1 shows a queen inside her introduction cage –– in the moment of laying an egg. Her sting…
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October 15, 2020
American Bee Journal

The Classroom – October 2020

Q Uncapped honey? In a perfect world, the frames of honey removed would be filled, capped and ready for the extractor; but at the end of the season, one gets partially capped frames. If the honey does not pass the refractometer test, how does one cure or age the honey and how long? Note — we live in a very dry…
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October 15, 2020