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Just Thinking Out Loud: Why It's So Hard to Save the World

About a year ago, our local bee club hosted a fundraiser at the local movie theater. They showed More Than Honey, an excellent documentary about honey bees and and their worldwide population decline. 1,318 more words

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What is the Waggle Dance? (And why do they do it?)

I’m currently reading Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis by Rowan Jacobsen.  In the first two chapters, he does a wonderful job of outlining the history of honey bees in America, a brief introduction of their importance, as well as an overview of the inner workings of a hive. 613 more words

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Using Powdered Sugar to Test for Mites

Varroa mites (or varroa destructor) are an external parasite that attacks honey bees. This mite attaches itself to the bee and feeds off its blood (similar to a tick) and can cause weakness and deformities in the bee population. 627 more words

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Breeding Better Bees

Below is my latest post to the Kalamazoo Bee Club blog. It’s a rework of a topic I wrote about previously:

Breeding Better Bees

May 19, 2015 By… 704 more words

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New (to me, at least): Ankle-Biting Honeybees

This year my husband and I signed up to participate in the Michigan Pollinator Initiative.  Basically, as a participant, you have the opportunity to participate in various research projects.   484 more words

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Beekeeping Workshop

So enrollment for the Introduction to Beekeeping workshop is now open!

Here is a description of the class:

If you re thinking about starting a beehive or are just curious about what s involved with keeping bees, then this is a great introductory class for you. 156 more words

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The Birds and the Bees of Honeybees

It’s spring, thus I offer this very simple, very shortened summary of a queen’s life…

When you buy a nuc or a package, the queen is already running the show, but if that queen dies or a colony swarms, the bees find themselves needing to make a new queen.   413 more words

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