David Robert Prior, 59, of Shelburne, Vermont, passed away on Friday, April 27, after an eight year battle with cancer. An active member of the Vemont Beekeepers Association, David is known for his love of family,friends, antiques, bees, Hermit Island (Maine), and his dogs, Cooper and Eli. He took great pride in being able to return to live in Vermont after many years away. He is survived by his wife, Kristin, who has been an amazing caregiver throughout his illness and his beloved son, Lynden.
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The BIP annual survey of honey bee losses is now live. If you have an interest in participating please click the link below.
You might expect to hear an angry buzzing when honeybees have been disturbed. But some apiarists reckon they can also deduce the condition of their bees from the sounds they make. A steady hum could be the sign of a contented hive; a change in tone might indicate that the bees are about to swarm. That intuition is about to be put to the test. Soon, beekeepers will be able to try to find out what is troubling a colony by listening to the buzz using a smartphone app.
Because developing varroa mites are sealed inside a capped brood cell with developing bee larvae, they are protected from miticides. Artificially forcing the colony to become broodless for a short period would eliminate those hiding places and could offer better mite control with a single miticide treatment.