Monthly Archives: June 2013

Queenless hive?

Queenless hive? Don’t panic!  How can you know if your colony is queenless? After a colony has swarmed, many times beekeepers ‘feel’ that their colony may be queenless because they see no eggs or young larvae.  Before exploring the question … Continue reading

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Bumble bee kill in Oregon: neonic Safari determined as cause of 50,000 deaths

Spraying of the neonicotinoid Safari has been determined to be the cause of the largest  bumble bee kill ever documented in the US.  55 flowering lindens were sprayed to rid the trees of aphids. http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2013/06/pesticide_confirmed_in_bee_dea.html#/0 see the Xerces Society:  http://www.xerces.org/ and … Continue reading

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Asian hornet: our next honey bee pest?

Asian hornets have been found in Italy: http://www.vita-europe.com/blog/asian-hornet-reaches-italy/ See how Japanese honey bees deal with Asian hornets: http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/animals/bugs-animals/bees-and-wasps/bees_vs_hornet/

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