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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…
UOVBA News Bot
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,…
UOVBA News Bot
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
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…
UOVBA News Bot
April 15, 2021