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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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Zombie Fly Discovered in Vermont Honey Bees

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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

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:

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Southern New England Beekeepers Assembly 2013 - Connecticut

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. 

Marla Spivak: Why Bees Are Disappearing

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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