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CATCH THE BUZZ- Recent Evolution of Western Honey Bee

Good news for honey bees, according to 150-year-old museum specimens By: Casey McGrath, Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution Bee specimens from the Natural History Museum in Bern, Switzerland, were sequenced to provide insight into the recent evolution of the Western honey bee. Credit: Melanie Parejo The past several decades have been hard on Apis mellifera, the Western honey bee. Originally…
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December 11, 2020
American Bee Journal

It might make us feel like good beekeepers, but fall protein supplementation doesn’t produce more winter bees  Many beekeepers do it. Local bee clubs suggest it to their members, and some old-timers have done it for decades. Even some apiculture authorities suggest it. But it might not be providing our colonies with the benefits that we think it is. Feeding…
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December 11, 2020
American Bee Journal

Food from Bugs: Insects that Feed Humans

Countless bee organizations have lists of “honey bee facts” that are entertaining, if not exactly factual. Many such lists claim that honey bees are the only insects that produce food that’s eaten by humans. That might seem true if you’re looking only as far as your local grocery store, but lots of insects collect nectar or other plant exudates that…
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December 11, 2020
American Bee Journal

Notes from the Lab – December 2020

Honey bees recognize their sisters because their gut microbes make them smell similar Serious question: If you close your eyes, can you imagine the smell of your brother, sister, mother or father? My guess is you probably can, even if it’s been a few years since you’ve thought about it. That’s because each of us has a characteristic smell, some…
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December 11, 2020
American Bee Journal

The Classroom – December 2020

 Q  Apivar’s shelf life  Yesterday and again today, the bees on one of my hives covered the entire front from top to bottom in a heavy mass. Clear skies and 70 degrees. The hive consists of two deep supers and both are full of honey for winter. Also, after treating the bees with Apivar, I have some left. Can I…
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December 11, 2020