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  1. The Classroom – November 2022

    Q  Wax moth control I have been a hobbyist beekeeper for over 30 years. Way back when I first started beekeeping, I was told you could protect empty supers with drawn combs from wax moths using paradichlorobenzene (PDB) moth crystals (sold as Para-Moth). I never really needed to protect many supers until this year. PDB ...

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  2. Bees forage more in apple orchards when they aren’t in bloom compared to when they are.

    In the July 2022 issue of Notes from the Lab [162(7):795-797] I summarized a study from Michigan showing about three quarters of pesticide risk to honey bees conducting blueberry pollination comes from pesticides that aren’t registered for use on blueberries. Honey bees were simultaneously exposed to an average of 35 pesticides in pollen they collected ...

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  3. J.S. Harbison and Moving Bees to California in the 1800s Part 2

    In the previous article, we learned how J.S. Harbison moved bees by steamship from Pennsylvania to California, a journey of 5,900 miles, taking the long route through Panama. In two shipments, occurring in 1857 and 1858, Harbison managed to get roughly 100 viable colonies to the West Coast. Some colonies were sold, and others were ...

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  4. The Persistent Fungus Among Us

    Chalkbrood is common, but overlooking it could be a mistake Nobody wants to be eaten by a fungus from the inside out. But that’s exactly what happens to honey bee larvae infected with Ascosphaera apis, the pathogen that causes chalkbrood disease. The spores germinate in the larva’s gut, then hyphae (fungal branches) burst from the ...

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  5. Easy Ways to Complicate Simple Beekeeping

    At its core At its most fundamental level, beekeeping is a simple endeavor. Bees are bizarrely adaptable and can put up with most demands that beekeepers impose on them. Elementary beekeeping is an elegantly simple system. The bees Fundamentally, for a nest site, bees only want a protected cavity having the approximate volume of a ...

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  6. Bunches of Blooms for Bees

    In early spring of 2020, I agreed to speak to beekeepers at the newly dedicated Bee Inspired Garden in Onalaska, Washington. But the raging pandemic slayed the schedule, so I never made the trip. This past spring, however, a full two years later, I received a surprise invitation to stop by the gardens and photograph ...

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  7. Letters to the Editor – November 2022

    Types of hives, and Ukraine I read Jim Bernt’s article with interest, but feel he missed a major category … One size fits all. [See September’s “Which Type of Hive is Right for You?”] After struggling for many decades on how to replace old brood comb in a conventional brood chamber, I switched to ONE SIZE. ...

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  8. PAM CELEBRATES $10M IN HONEY BEE RESEARCH

    Anyone who thinks their work is too small to make a difference, has never met the honey bee.” I love that quote, adapted from the Dalai Lama.1 Determined and durable like our namesake, Project Apis m. is celebrating a milestone so impressive that our founders would have never dreamed: PAm celebrates funding $10M in honey ...

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  9. Contents – November 2022

    A Year as a Commercial Beekeeper — November Charles Linder – 1187 The Era of Eric Mussen: UC Davis Extension Apiculturist M.E.A. McNeil – 1203 Colony Confidential … What Really Goes on Inside the Hive – Chapter 10: Poison! Peter Keilty, with illustrations by Bridget White – 1216 Thymol — A New Application Method? Part ...

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  10. ABJ COVER NOVEMBER 2022

    Our cover this month comes from Justin Scott, of Sweet Stingers Honey and Apiary in Edmond, Oklahoma. “Here is a photo of my son looking down the trunk of a tree after a large bee extraction, rosy cheeks and all. It was hot that day but he stuck around till the end. Labor of love.”

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