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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

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,…
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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

The Haploid Handicap

Haploid drones are mortally sensitive to environmental stress, but this could actually lead to stronger colonies Drones might look robust, with their wide bodies, large eyes, and powerful wing muscles. But despite their skookum appearance, they are shockingly sensitive to environmental stress. Compared to workers, they are more likely to die from exposure to disease, toxins, or temperature stress. New…
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March 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

Notes from the Lab – March 2021

A new high-throughput method to assess risk from pesticide co-exposures Honey bees are almost always exposed to pesticides. For example, in a recent survey of 198 beekeeper hives throughout New York, we found pesticides in comb wax from 197 of the hives (Wheeler et al. 2018). On average, wax from the hives contained 6 different pesticides. And this is actually…
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March 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

Create an Artificial Swarm with a Taranov Split

A split is simply a division made by taking an existing colony and separating it into two or more parts. As elementary as that sounds, endless variations exist depending on the desired outcome. Splits can create more colonies, produce nucs, raise queens, prevent swarms, or control mites. An experienced beekeeper will often have a signature split, one he’s used successfully…
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March 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

The Classroom – March 2021

Q Boardman feeders to supply water I have three hives in my back yard and I supply them with plain water via a front entrance Boardman feeder and a quart Mason jar filled with water (that I boil first and let cool) for each hive. When the jar is empty, and I take if off to re-fill it, there are…
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March 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

The Miller Method: Growing Naturally-built Queen Cells

Naturally-built queen cells, occurring from swarming or queen supersedure, can be used to rear new queens. When naturally-built queen cells are not available, or when we want them at certain times, we can use the Miller queen rearing method. Dr. C.C. Miller of Marengo, Illinois, devised this method of queen rearing (see Figure 1). He shared this method with his…
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March 15, 2021