State Apiculturalist Steve Parise has confirmed that Zombie Fly Apocephalus borealis has been detected here in Vermont. This fly is native to North America. This fly attacks its host by injecting eggs into the abdomen; the emerging fly larva eats the insides of its host. This results in "Zombie" like behavior of the host.
The honey bee sampling was taken from an observant beekeeper in Burlngton. The affected honey bees were sent to San Francisco State University for testing. John Hafernik, a researcher and professor of biology at San Francisco State University has started a website tracking the discovery of infected honey bees in the United Stated. "Zombee Watch"
A Burlington Free Press article was recently published about the Vermont beekeeper and his experience in detecting the Zombie Fly. Killer 'zombie fly' maggots found in Vermont honeybees
For additional information about Apocephalus borealis, please click this link: Apocephalus borealis
The Connecticut Beekeepers Association and Wicwas Press are co-sponsoring the Southern New England Beekeepers Assembly 2013.
This year's conference is being held in Groton, CT on Saturday November 23th, 2013.
This will be an all day event (8:00am - 6:00 pm), which will include current research and practical information in lecture and panel discussion form.
Speakers include Phil Craft, Gary Reuter and Dr. Larry Connor
If you are interested to learn more about this upcoming event, please visit the SNEBA website.
Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world’s crops. Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for us? Marla Spivak researches bees’ behavior and biology in an effort to preserve this threatened, but ecologically essential, insect. To watch the video, click the link: Why Bees Are Disappearing
The first ever Vermont Golden Honey Festival was a great success! Organized by Golden Stage Inn B&B of Proctorsville and Goodmans American Pie of Ludlow, the festival was hosted at Golden Stage Inn on Saturday September 14. Over a dozen vendors showcased their honeybee themed items such as books, pizza, fiber arts, quilts, and of course plenty of honey too.
Organizers estimate that at least 150 visitors passed through. Next year's Second Annual is scheduled for September 13. 2014 and has already been awarded recognition as one of "Vermont's Top Ten Fall Events of 2014."
Hello Vermont Beekeepers
I would like to share my first experience with starting my own nucs for the purpose of overwintering as replacements suggested by Mike Palmer. Mike states it is not a new concept and that it just makes common sense in many ways both economically and biologically. You know the management side of beekeeping today has become somewhat complex and unfortunate.
The Vermont Beekeepers Association welcomes Bob Haven as the new editor of the VBA Update, the organization's email newsletter sent to members as part of their membership benefit.