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The Classroom – July 2021

Q  When not to merge bee colonies In a recent podcast , you discussed how bee colonies can be merged without newspaper. Is there a time when you should not just throw frames together? Howard Frysinger Pennsylvania, May A I combine colonies of all types, during all times of the year, without using newspaper, spraying the bees with water or…
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July 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

The Legacy of the Mite-biting Bees

Grooming is an important varroa-resistance trait, and new research might make it easier to select in breeding programs According to the Centers for Disease Control, every year over 400,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease — a serious illness, caused by bacteria transmitted by ticks. Tick season is in full swing, and there are few things more disconcerting than idly…
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July 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

What if we could make bees immune to pesticides?

Since my lab currently conducts pesticide risk assessments for bees, I sometimes hear feedback along the lines of, “Scott, it seems like you’re always focusing on the problems instead of finding solutions.” While I’m certainly sympathetic to this criticism, I would argue we first need to understand if (or when) there’s a problem before coming up with a solution. But…
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July 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

The Classroom – June 2021

Q  Mysterious Leg Spine/Spur   On the mid-legs is the spine or spur. What is the consensus on its function? I guess it is referred to as a “wax spur” by many, thinking it is used to move wax flakes. I think I saw another reference to it being used to move pollen pellets. Do we really know what that…
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June 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

Invasion of the Honey Plants

It’s not surprising that beekeepers are often in favor of invasive plants that “normal people” find objectionable. After all, honey bees are themselves invasive. Once they landed in North America via the Jamestown colony, honey bees lost no time distributing themselves across the continent. They engulfed the wildlands in a fashion that defines invasive, thriving not only where you put…
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June 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

Making Sense of the Crowd

Automated tracking technologies allow researchers to monitor behaviors of all the honey bees in a hive simultaneously Companies are getting better and better at targeted advertising. Every day, sophisticated computer algorithms track our online activity and location data in an effort to feed us ads that are more likely to stick. Although nobody is actually watching us, it can feel…
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June 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

Notes from the Lab – June 2021

Everyone’s getting vaccinated … Do honey bees run vaccination programs, too? As I write this, 40% of people in the U.S. have received at least their first dose of the COVID vaccine and 26% are fully vaccinated. That corresponds to 133 million people receiving one dose and 86 million people being fully vaccinated. Wow, talk about an impressive mass-vaccination program!…
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June 15, 2021