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American Bee Journal

Bee Vectoring Technology

Using bees to deliver targeted biological control agents to flowers could be the next big thing for precision agriculture Humans have been designing pollination robots since at least the 1990s, but try as we might, so far nature has produced the best pollinators we have. Bees have delicate dexterity, wonderfully small, fuzzy bodies that tickle the anthers just right, and…
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December 20, 2021
American Bee Journal

The Classroom – December 2021

Q  Using Api Life Var  How much brood do you expect to see this time of year (September)? I know the bees detest the smell of Api Life Var and that causes some irritability and brood disruption. That said, I only saw a couple of spotty frames of brood in the hives, less than I usually see but consistent with…
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December 20, 2021
American Bee Journal

The Spectrum of Bee Sociality

When we think of bees, we usually think of social creatures. We often see drawings of bees circling a bulbous nest dangling from a tree. The bees look down at us and scowl or smile, depending on the artist’s worldview. In truth, bees have an enormous range of social behaviors. The eusocial (meaning truly social) species like honey bees cap…
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December 20, 2021
American Bee Journal

Notes from the Lab – December 2021

How good are honey bees at pollinating compared to other pollinators?  When I speak with most people about pollination, they talk about honey bees as the prime example of a highly effective pollinator. But this contrasts with the opinion of many scientists. Many of the scientists I speak with consider honey bees to be OK at pollinating, but not nearly…
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December 20, 2021
American Bee Journal

Wintering Success

Wintering success in beekeeping is dependent upon a multitude of factors. Good overwintering colonies start with good queens, a healthy, relatively mite-free worker population, and adequate honey stores which bees need during the coldest weather and to begin rearing brood after the winter solstice. Bees that age evenly over the winter, and disease-free early spring brood, are additionally important to…
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November 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

What’s Black and White and Red All Over?

The Spotted Lanternfly In North America, we are losing the war against invasive species. Inexplicably, we believed we could engage in a global economy, reaping all the best the world has to offer, and not succumb to the hitchhikers. But countless organisms, including unwelcome plants and animals, embraced the opportunity to expand their territory. Hardly a day goes by when…
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November 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

Bees & Beekeeping: Past & Present – November 2021

When studying honey bees, occasionally something happens that leads to new observations. Once I was mating queens in my observation hives. These colonies were in my bee house, a building holding 30 observation hives (see Figure 1). After the queens mated, I was planning to use these colonies in experiments on queen introduction later in the summer. The advantage of…
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November 15, 2021
American Bee Journal

The Classroom – November 2021

Q  Odd Brood Nest  For several years, I have noticed that my bees in the middle of summer (July and August) in North Florida split the brood nest, leaving the centermost frames brood-free, placing the brood on the two or three outermost frames on each side of the 10-frame box. Of course, the amount of brood is very poor, often only…
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November 15, 2021