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New Additions to the Apiary!

On one of the many beekeeping forums I’m a part of on facebook, I happened to stumble across a post from a woman who was having to sell off all of her beekeeping supplies and two hives due to a severe allergy she had developed.   709 more words

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State of the Apiary

It’s the beginning of August and this has been a pretty good summer for beekeeping around here. We’ve been busy in the bee yard and here is an overview of our current hives. 125 more words

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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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