VT Bee Blog

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Thoughts about beekeeping and beekeepers in Vermont along with links to local and national stories of interest. While most articles are public, VBA members who login to the site will have access to additional articles and features.

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Bee Sounds

I was going through one of my hives the other day and one bee was making the oddest noise.  It was a higher pitch and at first I thought there might be another insect.  Is that a sign of a hive that swarmed?  I suspect they did.  There was a lot of scouting activity a few days before I checked the hive, I couldn't find the queen and there were no eggs or young larva.  Q: Is there any information on the sounds that honey bees make?

Pictures of Success

VBA Recording Secretary Michael Willard of Green Mountain Bee Farm in Fairfax passes along these photos showing the brood pattern they've been seeing (left) and two hives on the right. Michael attributes the growth they've seen to raising their own queens.

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Honey Bee Health

heavhontv3Honey bees in the news...

VBA's Scott Wilson from Heavenly Honey Apiary discusses the state of honey bee health with Mike McCune on a recent WCAX Channel 3 news program.

VBA Library Has a New Book!

The library has a new book: Honeybee Democracy. This book is a scientific inquiry into the methods and hbdemmechanisms of swarm selection of a new hive.

From the Amazon site book description: "Honeybees make decisions collectively--and democratically. Every year, faced with the life-or-death problem of choosing and traveling to a new home, honeybees stake everything on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate, and consensus building.