Bee Informed Partnership

Using beekeepers' real world experience to solve beekeepers' real world problems
  1. The Pygmy Shrew: A little mammal that is causing big problems in Canadian overwintering colonies
    Typically when critter infestations come up into beekeeping conversation these common mammals come to mind: bears, skunks, mice, opossums and raccoons. Just like their size, pygmy shrews often fall under the radar. However, Fletcher Colpitts, Chief Apiary Inspector of New … Continue reading
  2. Transferring established packages from the USDA to our rooftop hives at The University of Maryland
    Sadly we lost 2 of our three rooftop colonies this winter, and the third is very weak. So we decided to establish some new colonies as replacements. Usually when you are starting new colonies in the spring you buy packages, … Continue reading
  3. Killer Hornets
    The world’s largest hornet is the Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarinia) and subspecies, Japanese Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarinia japonica).  The body size typically hovers around 2.2 inches and the stinger alone is a quarter of an inch.  They are extremely fast … Continue reading
  4. My Bee Adventures
    It all started when I was registering for fall semester of my freshman year of college.  I was scrolling through the list of General Education courses, searching for a semi-interesting class that would fulfill as many General Education requirements as … Continue reading
  5. Joe Traynor’s Post-Pollination Letter
    To many beekeepers who keep a few colonies in their backyard or even for some who have 50 or 100 colonies, moving bees to pollination is not something they would ever consider.  Just like reading the Travel section in the … Continue reading