Health & Pests

Chalkbrood Disease in Honey Bees
February 22, 2021 · · Health & Pests

Of all the disease names, chalkbrood paints the most vivid picture. Even if you’ve never seen chalkbrood symptoms, white chunks of mummified brood are hard to mistake for anything else.

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Nosema Disease in Honey Bees
February 21, 2021 · · Health & Pests

Nosema is a serious disease of honey bees caused by a microsporidian. A microsporidian is a type of single-celled fungus that reproduces by spores. The nosema organisms live and reproduce in the honey bee midgut where they steal nutrients and prevent digestion.

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Feeding Honey Bees Successfully
February 19, 2021 · · Health & Pests

When I participated in the Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association beginning beekeeping class, I was exposed to more than 15 hours of education. Needless to say, much of it was new to my brain and I felt regularly surprised (in a good way!) by what I learned.

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How do I Keep Bears Away from My Beehives?
February 12, 2021 · · Ask The Expert, Health & Pests

Once a bear learns the location of a beehive, it will keep coming back for more. So the best defense against bear predation is avoiding them in the first place.

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How Do Honey Bees Survive the Winter Without Fresh Pollen?
February 5, 2021 · · Health & Pests

All during the foraging season, honey bees collect pollen and nectar. They use nectar for energy to keep going from day to day. Any extra nectar is turned into honey and stored in combs.

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Movements of the Winter Bee Cluster
February 4, 2021 · · Health & Pests

Add to Favorites The honey bee cluster moves up in winter and down in summer. The downward movement is easiest to see in a feral colony built into a tree …

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The Varroa Mite: Know Your Enemy

Add to Favorites By Josh Vaisman – Honey bees currently face three difficult challenges to their survival — a lack of quality nutrition, ubiquitous pesticides in the environment, and the …

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What Bugs Your Bees in Winter? Know the Lineup of Beekeeping Pests.
January 12, 2021 · · Health & Pests

Even before we open our first beehive, we are warned about pests that may live within. Small hive beetles, wax moths, and varroa mites are things we dread, so early in our training we learn how to deal with them.

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How Bees Communicate with Pheromones
January 10, 2021 · · Health & Pests

Honey bees are eusocial, meaning they live in highly complex social colonies, with multiple casts and tens of thousands of individuals of overlapping generations.

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Hygienic Bees Smell Disease and Do Something About It
December 24, 2020 · · Health & Pests

One form of social immunity is called hygienic behavior, wherein many young workers resist the spread of pathogens and Varroa mites by detecting, uncapping, and removing unhealthy brood.

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