Watch Your Mites!

Don’t believe in varroa mites? Here is a video Charlotte Ekker Wiggins took with a macro lens inside of drone brood from a third year Italian swarm colony. She regularly removes drone brood as part of her varroa mite management. On this particular frame, varroa were noticeable only in a 4-inch corner of the drone…

Searching for Landmines!

The Economist had a very interesting post a couple of days ago about training bees to find landmines and a new app that can tell you what’s wrong with your bees. It can tell if you have hive beetles, varroa, foul brood, if they’re getting ready to swarm, etc. Read the article for yourself… https://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21739645-matching-honeybee-noises-their-ailments-new-app-listens-problems

Dead-Out

ANOTHER TOOL TO HELP US BECOME BETTER BEEKEEPERS One of the perks of being a regional representative for MSBA is to be able to visit and speak to a number of beekeeping clubs. It is interesting to see how these clubs are different. There are clubs that appear formal, with officers, minutes and a bank…