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CATCH THE BUZZ- One Entomologists Quest in Florida

One Entomologist’s Quest to Develop IPM Approaches for Beekeepers in Florida Entomology Today Meet Cameron Jack, Ph.D., entomologist and lecturer at the University of Florida, beekeeping expert, and one of the very few lecturers in the country focusing his teaching efforts exclusively on the development of innovative beekeeping courses. (Photo courtesy of Cameron Jack, Ph.D.) By: Lorena Lopez, Ph.D. Editor’s…
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February 16, 2021
American Bee Journal

Exposure to neonicotinoid insecticides can increase varroa infestations in your hives

Since publishing a 432-page report on benefits of neonicotinoid insecticides to users and risk to pollinators (Grout et al. 2020; summarized in the September Notes from the Lab: 160(9):1019-1022), I often receive comments from beekeepers who say something like, “Neonics aren’t the problem, varroa is the problem.” And there’s a lot of truth in that statement; a strong case can…
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February 16, 2021
American Bee Journal

The Bee Truck: Faithful Workhorse in the Apiary

When a beekeeper’s hive numbers increase, outgrowing the backyard, she finds that first out apiary. Growing more, another apiary is needed, later on a few more. Logistics become more of a problem: moving hives and supers among the apiaries, and having special equipment in an apiary for some surprise difficulty. At the heart of these logistics is a vehicle. For…
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February 16, 2021
American Bee Journal

The Viruses Hidden in Our Queens

Research in workers shows that the heat-shock response is antiviral, which is giving us clues to how queens fight viruses too Maybe it’s because of their regal appearance. Maybe it’s their social buffer of young, healthy attendants. Maybe it’s their lack of obvious symptoms, the fact that they are (thankfully) repulsive to varroa, or that they are seldom tested for…
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February 16, 2021
American Bee Journal

The Classroom – February 2021

Q  Nest usurpation I recently stumbled across a honey bee behavior/characteristic that helps explain some unusual occurrences I have encountered in my apiary. The term for this behavior is usurpation, and more specifically usurpation swarms. The term, as I am sure you are aware, refers to the ability and intention of a bee swarm to invade and capture an existing…
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February 16, 2021