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A Race to Save Wild Pollinators

  Project of the Month: A race to save the world’s wild pollinators The plight of honeybees has captured the public’s imagination, but the reality is that many wild pollinators are in decline. Wild bees, butterflies, beetles, flies and other insects play an important role in ecosystems but are under pressure from habitat loss, pesticides and climate change. lcrms, Shutterstock…
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November 15, 2021
University of Guelph Youtube Channel

Flow Hive

Paul Kelly, research and apiary manager, talks about the Flow Hives. Frequently asked questions: https://hbrc.ca/faq/ A descriptive transcript is available here: https://hbrc.ca/flow-hive/ For more videos, check out the University of Guelph's HBRC YouTube channel at this link: @University of Guelph Honey Bee Research Centre
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November 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

Wintering Success

Wintering success in beekeeping is dependent upon a multitude of factors. Good overwintering colonies start with good queens, a healthy, relatively mite-free worker population, and adequate honey stores which bees need during the coldest weather and to begin rearing brood after the winter solstice. Bees that age evenly over the winter, and disease-free early spring brood, are additionally important to…
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November 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

What’s Black and White and Red All Over?

The Spotted Lanternfly In North America, we are losing the war against invasive species. Inexplicably, we believed we could engage in a global economy, reaping all the best the world has to offer, and not succumb to the hitchhikers. But countless organisms, including unwelcome plants and animals, embraced the opportunity to expand their territory. Hardly a day goes by when…
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November 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

Bees & Beekeeping: Past & Present – November 2021

When studying honey bees, occasionally something happens that leads to new observations. Once I was mating queens in my observation hives. These colonies were in my bee house, a building holding 30 observation hives (see Figure 1). After the queens mated, I was planning to use these colonies in experiments on queen introduction later in the summer. The advantage of…
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November 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

The Classroom – November 2021

Q  Odd Brood Nest  For several years, I have noticed that my bees in the middle of summer (July and August) in North Florida split the brood nest, leaving the centermost frames brood-free, placing the brood on the two or three outermost frames on each side of the 10-frame box. Of course, the amount of brood is very poor, often only…
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November 15, 2021