Want pollinators? Lower the temperature

Researchers at NC State University recently published a paper about wild bee abundance in relationship to urban warming.

The paper challenges the idea that planting more flowers will attract more pollinators. Although the number of larger bees do increase as flower populations increase, populations of small bees tend to decline at some of the hottest sites. Continue reading

Management of honey bee colonies may contribute to Varroa populations, study shows

Close proximity of honey bee colonies may contribute to Varroa population growth and virus transmission, according to an article recently published in Environmental Entomology. Varroa just detach from their current host and hitch a ride to another colony on a visiting foraging bee.

Varroa mites don’t reproduce very fast. A female mite will produce one to three offspring; infestations take several years to reach levels that would threaten the hive. However, in managed honey bee colonies, varroa populations increase rapidly, causing beekeepers to apply up to seven miticide applications per year. Continue reading

Honey bee pests and diseases workshop in Florida

The University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab is offering a one day honey bee pests and diseases workshop. This full day session emphasizes hands-on learning of various hive inflictions, how to identify and monitor them, and how to treat your hives. Topics covered include pathogens (viruses, bacteria, fungi) found in honey bee colonies, mites (traccheal and varroa), and other invaders.

Throughout the day you will get a chance to practice each technique in monitoring and treating hives with instruction and assistance by members of HBREL and the Ft. Lauderdale Research & Education Center. This workshop is great for any beekeeper who wants to learn more about how to properly manage their hives in the face of a multitude of pests and diseases.

This is a great opportunity to fulfill credits in the Master Beekeeper Program! There is a charge of $70 to take the course. Register here.

Additional Notes:

  • Check-in will be 7:30-8:00am inside the main doors at the UF/IFAS Ft. Lauderdale Research & Education Center.
  • Drink refreshments will be provided throughout the day, but please bring your own lunch.
  • Veils and bee suits will be available, but feel free to bring our own if you have one.
  • A maximum of 30 attendees will be permitted in this workshop to allow for hands-on practice of techniques.
  • A minimum of 10 attendees is required for this event. If minimum attendence is not met, those registered will be refunded in full.


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