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American Bee Journal

A Sinister Tale of Cemetery Honey

Why do people keep bees? These days, it seems that honey has nothing to do with it. “I don’t care about the honey,” they say with conviction. Instead, they cite a desire to pollinate their gardens or save the bees. Maybe that’s true for some. Others, I think, just want to look cool or intimidate the neighbors. Their reasons are…
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October 15, 2020
American Bee Journal

The Classroom – October 2020

Q Uncapped honey? In a perfect world, the frames of honey removed would be filled, capped and ready for the extractor; but at the end of the season, one gets partially capped frames. If the honey does not pass the refractometer test, how does one cure or age the honey and how long? Note — we live in a very dry…
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October 15, 2020
American Bee Journal

Queen Introduction: Part 5 The Effects of a Second Queen

This series of queen introduction articles grew from time with observation hives, watching the fluctuation in the number of bees balling on the screen of the queen cages, and later on, even watching the queens and attendant bees inside the cages. Figure 1 shows a queen inside her introduction cage –– in the moment of laying an egg. Her sting…
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October 15, 2020
American Bee Journal

Biosecurity in the Bee Yard

Biosecurity is a set of preventative measures designed to reduce the risks of infectious disease transmission to and among livestock. It means doing everything you can to reduce the chances of an infectious disease being carried onto your farm/property by people, animals, equipment or vehicles. Biosecurity is a key part of raising livestock, and most people who are raising other…
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October 15, 2020
American Bee Journal

The Classroom – September 2020

Q  European Foulbrood I have read your excellent guide on the treatment and diagnosis of European Foulbrood at https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in1272. In the past I have tried: Mite treatments Shook swarm Culling older frames (but not all frames) Feeding sugar syrup/pollen patties Requeening Last year, requeening a hive was very effective; this year’s results are disappointing. I also find it strange that…
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September 16, 2020
American Bee Journal

Notes from the Lab – September 2020

Neonicotinoid insecticides: When there’s risk to bees, when there are economic benefits to users, and when there are viable replacements Neonicotinoid insecticides. If you’re like many people who we interact with, you just read those two words and already have an opinion. Perhaps such a strong opinion that there’s little point to us writing more. But for those brave souls…
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September 16, 2020
American Bee Journal

Working with Queen Cells

Queen cells are the unsung heroes of sustainable beekeeping. Most beekeepers still seek out mated queens for splits and replacements when queen cells work just as well or even better. There are many advantages to using queen cells over mated queens. A huge advantage is seen in the spring, as queen cells are available earlier in the season. By definition,…
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September 16, 2020
American Bee Journal

Thinking Like a Scientist

As scientific thinkers, we need to re-examine our beliefs constantly and question what we “know” to be true. As we learn, our cumulative knowledge increases, often giving us a better perspective. For example, I recently had a wake-up call that forced me to re-evaluate the idea of the windshield effect. The windshield effect is a phenomenon that people have noticed…
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September 16, 2020