MAR 2016


Honey Labels

by Ann Harman Bees produce a wonderful product – honey. It is up to you, the beekeeper, to make their product attractive for sales…

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Beeyard Thoughts

by James E. Tew The modern chaotic honey bee Internet The answer is out there. Can you find it? Well here it is –…

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What’s Hot

Thermal Top Bar Hive Beekeeping by Wyatt Mangum Top-bar hive beekeeping is a popular and pleasant way to keep bees. There are no heavy…

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Instrumental Insemination

Common Questions by Sue Cobey Introduction Selective breeding and stock improvement are recognized as the long term solution to challenges facing the beekeeping industry….

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Native Serviceberries

Make Excellent Bee Plants by Connie Krochmal The snowy white blossoms of the native serviceberries are a familiar sight during the Spring in most…

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Bo Sterk

Bees, Beetles, Fine Art Prints and Teaching Beekeeping In Primitive Conditions by Larry Connor Bo Sterk and I met at the Florida Bee College…

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Ask Phil

Got A Question? He Knows! by Phil Craft A beekeeper in Kentucky writes: Ordered my bees for April 2016. I plan on setting up…

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New For You

Pollinator Friendly Gardening. Gardening For Bees, Butterflies, And Other Pollinators. Rhonda Fleming Hayes. Published by Voyageur Press. 8” x 10”, soft cover, color throughout,…

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The bees like cornflower even if it doesn’t have blue pollen.

Bigger Picture

Blue Moon by Jessica Louque Blue is my favorite color. Unfortunately, it’s not always nature’s favorite color. Either that or nature really loves blue…

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An Office Visit

by Ed Colby I like to mound snow around my beehives for insulation, and this clear, bitter-cold January day would be a good day…

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While this location by a pond is a beautiful spot for a beeyard, an
extreme precipitation event could flood a nearby apiary and threaten the health of the bees.

Climate Change

A Bee Problem We Can Potentially Solve – Part 3 by Ross Conrad The dramatic increase in the earth’s atmospheric carbon levels and the…

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Oxalic Acid Treatment Methods. Top left and right – Trickling/dribbling and spraying methods, which use oxalic acid dissolved in a solution made using equal weights of sugar and water (e.g., 1 kg sugar to 1 liter water). Bottom left and right – Sublimation method, which uses a heated tool to vaporize oxalic acid crystals; photo to right shows application in progress, with hive entrance temporarily sealed using foam; photo to left shows oxalic acid fumes for illustration purposes only, as when correctly applied the fumes are contained within the hive.


The Best Way To Kill Varroa With Oxalic Acid by Frances L.W. Ratnieks, Luciano Scandian, Hasan Al Toufailia Summary LASI research shows that of…

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