Caffeine improves learning and memory in bees, as it does in people. Scientists know that. But, one might wonder, what do these laboratory findings mean in terms of the actual lives of bees? It’s not as if a flower meadow is sprinkled with coffee shops.
Members of the Franklin County Beekeepers Club set up a booth at this year's Franklin County Field Days in Swanton, VT. For four days, the booth created a wonderful interaction with the public, offering honey tastings, educational videos and an observation hive. The club members were great ambassodors, helping edcuate visitors about honey and beekeeping here in Vermont.
A Guide To Effective Varroa Sampling & Control
The Honey Bee Health Coalition has released a reference guide to help beekeepers sample and control varroa mite levels in their colonies. Now that we are in the month of August, the traditional treatment month for Vermont beekeepers, the relase of this reference guide is very timely.
Click Here to Download: Tools For Varroa Management
Post by member Hugh Gibson:
Below I thought I might share a small technique I use to know what color marked queen is in a particular hive before opening it.
The last couple of years I started to make my own nucs and over wintering them allowing me to get away from buying package bees. It has worked fantastically. I only have 5 hives from various years and I was raising my own queens and painting the color code onto them. When I returned to the nucs and hives I could never remember what color I was looking for. Not that it was awfully necessary to know up front to find the queen.
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture has received approval from the EPA for the sale and use of HopGuard II in Vermont. HopGuard II offers a relatively benign method of varroa control that can be used throughout the beekeeping season, following the manufacturers recommendations and directions.
HopGuard II is a product produced by BetaTec Hop Products.
The national distributor of HopGuard II is Mann Lake Ltd. Please visit their website to learn more or to place an order.
This video by BetaTec shows how HopGuard II is applied to a hive. See Video
MONTPELIER – A slow change in agricultural practices is having an unintended consequence: limiting food for bees.
Since the 1980s, Vermont has lost more than 100,000 acres of hay fields that used to be full of bee friendly blooming alfalfa and clover. That means bees today aren’t finding as many flowering plants as they need to flourish. And while hay is still grown, it is often cut before it can bloom, making it more nutritious for cows but bad for bees.