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  1. The Classroom – October 2021

    Q  Bubble Butt?  This year, I have found what I call “Bubble Butt.” See attached photo [Figure 1 – the boxed bee]. I have seen one or two bees with a gelatinous attachment hanging off their abdomens. I do not think it is Nosema. This has occurred in my own apiary as well as the College of ...

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  2. Flowers for Bingham

    Once long ago, before the standard bee smoker became so iconic, smudge pots or other creative contraptions were supposed to waft smoke over irritable bees after opening the hive. More often the beekeeper disappeared within an eye-blinding cloud of smoke. Corncobs aplenty littered the old country farms of the 1800s. Many a beekeeper-farmer made use ...

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  3. A glimpse into the architectural talents of honey bees

    My kids love building with Legos. So much that I built them a giant Lego table that takes up about a quarter of our living room. On that table, I get to watch their architectural talents revealed, or perhaps improved is a better word, from one day to the next. Each time I open up ...

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  4. Hey Bee, Stick Out Your Tongue and Say “Ahh”

    Maybe this was all a big mistake. Each time I research bee tongues, I find a cursory review, perhaps two or three paragraphs making the structures sound plain and spartan. So I set out to learn more, an unfortunate choice. I should have known there was a reason everyone avoids the subject. If you look ...

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  5. The Role of Master Beekeepers in Mentoring

    Do you recall your first beginnings as a beekeeper? As we wind down the 2021 active bee season in much of the U.S. and complete fall activities, we have more of an opportunity to reflect on how and what we learned in beekeeping. The fall months are especially challenging with mites. Did your mentor, assuming ...

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  6. Demystifying Queen Stress

    Surprising results from a pesticide and temperature stress field trial Everybody wants to lock eyes on a big, healthy queen when inspecting a hive — the kind that make you exclaim in admiration — but that isn’t always what we find. Some reports estimate that over 50% of queens are replaced within their first six ...

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  7. Letters to the Editor – October 2021

    Queens Can Chew Out Corks I just read Tina Sebestyen’s article on caring for caged queens and it was very good. However, on the part about banking queens, I wish she had mentioned that bees can and will chew out corks. It doesn’t happen overnight but over a few days they can release the queen ...

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  8. NEW WORLD CARNIOLAN PROGRAM TRANSITIONS INTO THE FUTURE, PARTNERING WITH STRACHAN APIARIES AND BUZZ’S BEES

    The New World Carniolan (NWC) breeding program, founded in 1982, is heading into its 40th generation. Modeled on the Page-Laidlaw Closed Population Breeding concept, the program was modified to establish and maintain a Carniolan population to provide quality queens to the industry. The NWC was initiated at Vaca Valley Apiaries in California by Susan Cobey ...

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  9. TAGGED WITH TRACKER, ASIAN GIANT HORNET LEADS TO NEST IN WASHINGTON STATE

    The Asian giant hornet can decimate entire hives of honeybees and deliver a painful sting to humans BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Washington state agriculture workers have discovered their first Asian giant hornet nest of 2021. It was found Thursday morning north of Seattle near the Canadian border not far from where a resident saw a ...

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  10. Contents – October 2021

    New Changes to the Oxalic Acid Label Randy Oliver – 1061 Book Reviews: Autumn Reads Tina Sebestyen, Craig Soderberg, Eugene Makovec – 1077 Sideliners Pool to Pollinate Almonds Mary and Bill Weaver – 1089 Yukon Honey Origins Study — Part 1 Etienne Tardif – 1099 A Comparative Trial of the Pollen Subs 2020 — Part ...

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