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CATCH THE BUZZ – ‘The History of Bees’

Book: The History of Bees Author: Maja Lunde Review by: Martin Richenhagen, Chairman, President, and CEO of AGCO Corporation Martin Richenhagen “As someone who has spent the better part of his professional career in the agricultural industry, I have long understood the vital connection between honey bees and crop production. Honey bees pollinate much of the food we eat and, without them,…
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January 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

Mix

After fielding beekeeper questions for eleven years, I have a decent idea of what confuses beginners. When it comes to puzzlement, nothing generates more than sugar syrup. On my website, questions such as “How do I make sugar syrup?” outnumber “How do I control varroa mites?” about 2:1. And there it is, one of syrup’s revered ratios, along with 1:1,…
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January 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

Notes from the Lab – January 2021

If you overuse antibiotics on your bees, your colonies may fail due to inadequate gut microbes. Nowadays it seems like there’s a new paper published every week showing how a robust gut microbiome is critical to honey bee health. Last month, we highlighted a paper showing that gut microbes shape how workers smell, which determines whether they’re recognized as colony-mates…
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January 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

Squash Pollination

The spring flowers have withered away, typical for a late June dearth in Piedmont Virginia. As the heat of the summer begins to surge, the bee flight in my apiaries has waned from the zeal of the spring nectar flow. Now in the mornings, the bees begin collecting water to cool their hives. I know the rhythm of their work,…
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January 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

The Classroom – January 2021

Q  Mystery debris in the brood Do you know what these black specks are? Chris Oster Florida, October               A Great pictures, Chris! These are wax moth feces. You sent a couple of pictures so let me explain what you see in both. In the first picture (Figure 1), you have opened a drone…
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January 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

December 2020 ABJ Issue for Download

The ongoing pandemic continues to put a crimp in beekeeper education throughout the country. With that in mind, we are making the December issue of American Bee Journal available for all beekeepers to view on our website as a PDF. Please feel free to share it with local club members and online workshop attendees. You will need Adobe Acrobat, which…
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January 15, 2021