See this link http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-101494/All-Chinese-honey-ordered-shelves.html for article concerning removal of ALL imported Chinese honey from store shelves in Great Britain. Testing is said to show the presence of the antibiotic chloramphenico in 40% of the Chinese honey sampled.
I ran across this article on the CNN webpage concerning a large number of human fatalities in China, due to a species of wasp, Vespa mandarinia, commonly called the Asian Giant Hornet. A follow-up article discusses the problem of allergy reactions and red blood cell damage that result from the sting of these insects, complicating sting reactions. This second article quotes Dr. Justin Schmidt, an entomologist at the Southwest Biological Institute in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Schmidt previously worked at the USDA Bee Lab in Arizona, where he studied Africanized honey bees. A related Asian species of hornet – V. velutina – has been responsible for attacking and destroying beekeepers’ honey bee colonies Continue reading
This was forwarded to me this morning.
Woman lights power pole on fire to get rid of beehive
VALLEJO, Calif. (United Press International) — Authorities in California said a 68-year-old woman was taken for a mental evaluation after she allegedly lit a power pole on fire to get rid of a beehive.
A Vallejo Fire Department spokesman said the woman used lighter fluid to ignite the power pole about a block from her Vallejo home. However, he said there were no reports of stings and the flames were quickly extinguished.
Police officers were apprehensive about exiting their vehicles to take the woman into custody.
“She thought they were killer bees,” a police lieutenant said. “The officers didn’t even stop. The bees were everywhere.”
(Since putting this up, have received a note from a beekeeper friend – see comments -who said that Vallejo was pretty far north in California (” …close to Oakland and San. Francisco area..” and so more likely not Africanized Honey Bees).
Honey bees make the cover of Time magazine this week. You might wish to pick up a copy at the grocery store. It looks to me that one cannot purchase this single issue online, but can only purchase a one week subscription online. If you are interested in an online subscription go here: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2149141,00.html
Have you noticed honey bees in your hives hanging as if linked in a chain, hooked together by their legs, between the frames of foundation in your hive?
These bees are “festooning” or hanging in a festoon or chain. This behavior is linked to beeswax production, but not well understood by bee scientists. Continue reading
For new beekeepers with new hives started this year from packages: Most beekeepers who are getting started in the spring will have installed their packages in April, but others more recently. It may take a week or two for the bees to get a frame or two of comb drawn out, and several weeks to get a good part of the foundation in the first box drawn.
All photos in this post by Mary Parnell Carney
You’ll first see fresh nectar (which may actually be the sugar syrup you’re feeding) in the drawn cells and fresh pollen. Continue reading
It is the time of year when new beekeepers are getting started!
Package bees waiting beekeepers!
Below are links to several posts I wrote in 2012, that new beekeepers may find helpful.
Installing package bees
Newly installed package of bees – 3 days later
Here is a post I often get from new beekeepers – 9 frames or 10 in the brood boxes?
This is also right up on the top of questions from new beekeepers (and sometimes from not so new beekeepers) – how do I keep that smoker lit?
I recently ran across a publication of results from an interesting study by a number of honey bee researchers including: Dennis vanEnglesdorp, University of Maryland; David R. Tarpy, North Carolina State University; Eugene J. Lengerich, Pennsylvania State University; and Jeffery S. Pettis, USDA-ARS Bee Research Laboratory. The study involved tracking 80 hives of honey bees in three different migratory beekeeping operations, as the hives traveled up and down the east coast of the United States providing pollination services. The purpose of the study was to asset the hives for various health and colony risk factors which may impact the health of bees in the hives and contribute to colony loss of the hives and to attempt to determine which of these may be associated with the death of the bees in the hives (colony loss). Continue reading
It is now mid-March here in Kentucky and temperatures are starting to get warm enough to inspect hives after the long sleep of winter. What do we look for? What should we want to see on the frames and what are our concerns? We should be looking for brood, food and bees.
First, check for brood, both larvae (uncapped brood) and pupae (capped brood). If it has been warm where you live (extended temperatures above 60°F) and the bees have been carrying in pollen, your colonies should be rearing brood. Look for larvae (uncapped brood) and pupae (capped brood).
Photo by Mary Parnell Carney – click, hover over photo and click to enlarge
If you are seeing pollen being brought into the hive and frames of brood this will tell you that Continue reading
We are now seeing warmer, spring like weather, throughout the upper south and moving into the mid-west. Those further north are going to have to wait for a while longer. I’m hearing beekeepers say they are reversing hive bodies and conducting other hive manipulations involving the moving of brood frames. A word of warning, there is still cold weather, especially at night, ahead and manipulations that involve movement of brood frames in and out of the brood nest must be done with caution.
The brood nest is the area where the queen is laying eggs, the bees are raising brood, and the colony is clustering in order to keep warm during cold days and colder nights. During frigid spells, the cluster must contract in order to maintain the temperature required to prevent damage to brood. Moving brood comb around or inserting frames with new foundation (or even empty comb) into the middle of the brood area may force bees to spread out over too large an area in an effort to keep the brood warm. Continue reading