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CATCH THE BUZZ- Royal Jelly is not the Whole Story

Royal jelly does not a queen make! What makes a queen? For bees, it’s long been believed that queenliness depends on a special diet of royal jelly—a milky white secretion of protein, water and fat that oozes from the heads of nurse bees. But a new paper shows the secret sauce to create a queen isn’t the sauce itself. It’s…
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April 21, 2021
Bee Culture

CATCH THE BUZZ- It’s not the Glyphosate, it is the Inert Ingredients

Research surprise unveils how common herbicide kills bees Marc Heller, E&E News Reporter A buff-tailed bumblebee forages on a head of red clover flowers. Eduardo E. Zattara Many studies already claimed the nation’s most-used weedkiller was lethal to bees, but new research indicates its much-maligned active ingredient — glyphosate — isn’t to blame. Instead, the culprit appears to be inert ingredients…
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April 20, 2021
Bee Culture

CATCH THE BUZZ- Donate to Train People in Ghana

One Donation, Twice the Impact for Bees, Trees and People Bees for Development, the Monmouth-based charity that makes life better with bees around the world, is running a week-long appeal starting this Earth Day, Thursday 22 April. With the funds raised, they will train at least 200 people living near Digya National Park in Ghana to keep bees sustainably and to enrich forest habitat.…
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April 19, 2021
Bee Culture

CATCH THE BUZZ – USDA Honey Report

Honey  ISSN: 1949-1492 Released March 18, 2021, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). United States Honey Production Down 6 Percent in 2020 United States honey production in 2020 totaled 148 million pounds, down 6 percent from 2019. There were 2.71 million colonies producing honey in 2020, down 4 percent from…
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April 16, 2021
Bee Culture

CATCH THE BUZZ- Honey Bees are Much more than a Friendly Buzz

Buzzing Biology: honey bee researcher joins the U of Alberta Dr. Olav Rueppell says that it isn’t the bee populations that are diminishing, but rather their caretakers. “The honey bee is not going to go extinct because it is so intensely managed, and a lot of beekeepers are putting a lot of effort into keeping their populations up,” Rueppell explained. “But we…
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April 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

Notes from the Lab – April 2021

The genealogy of honey bees in the United States. The Western honey bee, Apis mellifera, is not native to the United States. Most beekeepers know this. But do you know the genealogy of A. mellifera (hereafter, the “honey bee”) in the United States? In other words, do you know the full story of when honey bees came to the USA,…
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April 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

The Classroom – April 2021

Q  Shelf Life of Oxalic Acid I have several questions about oxalic acid (OA). How long can mixed oxalic acid used for drip be kept? How long will the crystals in an open foil pouch tightly wrapped last? (I cannot find this information on the containers.) Also, for both, if they can be kept, how should they be stored? Sam…
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April 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

Bees Robbing Honey at Various Times of the Season

The active beekeeping season begins in our region of the Mid-Atlantic, in Piedmont Virginia, with the prominent bloom of the red maple (see Figure 1). Maple blooms, scattered through the leafless woods, brighten up the dismal gray in streaks of red. It is a welcomed sight where I have my rural apiaries. From thermal camera readings done during the winter,…
UOVBA News Bot
April 15, 2021