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Zombie Fly Discovered in Vermont Honey Bees

Written by Michael Willard.

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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


VBA Membership Status

Written by Webmaster.

VBA Members: You now have the option of checking the status of your membership account, updating your membership information and renewing your membership in the Vermont Beekeepers Association online.

It's easy. Simply login to the site as you normally would and look under the User Menu on the right sidebar of the site's front page. You'll see a few new options:


Eastern Apicultural Society - 2013 Summer Conference

Written by Michael Willard.

This year's EAS summer conference was held down in West Chester, Pennsylvania.  August 5-9, 2013eas31

There were over 760 attendees from around the country, with approximately 11 Vermont beekeepers who made the trip down to West Chester. 

Mike Palmer and Bill Mares were both presenters at this year's conference.  Mike was a featured speaker for several workshops, panel discussions and bee yard presentations.

While at the conference the Vermont beekeepers enjoyed wonderful and engaging presentations helping to educate us on many topics, ranging from, how to set up your honey house to disease identification in the lab, and dissecting honey bees using microscopes.  Attending this year's conference workshops was a wonderful experience and a great educational opportunity.  


Honey Festival - A First

Written by Julie-Lynn Wood.

The first ever Vermont Golden Honey Festival was a great success!  Organized by Golden Stage Inn B&B of GoldenHoneyFestMead2Proctorsville 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. 

GoldenHoneyFest2013VermontQuiltBeeOrganizers 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."