Bee Informed Partnership

Using beekeepers' real world experience to solve beekeepers' real world problems
  1. Alfalfa Leafcutter Bee (Megachile rotundata)
    Megachile rotundata (or the alfalfa leafcutter bee) is a species native to Eurasia that was introduced into the United States after the 1930’s because of a drop in seed production. This bee was brought into the US to increase pollination yields of Alfalfa for seed because honey bees are not the best pollinators of the...
  2. Feeding Protein
    Bottom Line at the Top The BIP survey is a significant set of data having included participation of thousands of beekeepers and tens of thousands of colonies. Although the survey has not yet become refined enough to give us causative insight, it does spell out some bottom line results. My writing is my personal take...
  3. State-by-state colony loss 2013-2014
    State colony losses for the winter of 2013-2014 The Bee Informed Project.   The following table reports the total winter losses per state.  These losses were incurred between Oct 1, 2013 and April 1, 2014.  Beekeepers who moved their bees across state lines (migratory beekeepers) or managed stationary colonies in several states (multi-state beekeepers) are...
  4. Feeding Honeybees Honey May Increase Mortality
    Bottom Line at the Top After reviewing the details of the BIP survey results for two years where feeding honeybees carbohydrates is concerned, some very surprising suggestions come to light. These results are statistically significant and come from sample sizes including thousands of beekeepers from all over the USA and tens of thousands of colonies....
  5. Notes From Swarm Season in NorCal
    Spring has always been my favorite time of year – it seems that all living things are bursting forth with enthusiasm, and bees are no exception! Despite the huge variation in local climates and weather patterns, beekeepers in every region experience a swarm season, when the bees receive cues from nature that it is time to...