The Package Bee Installation workshop is tentatively rescheduled for May 18th at 12 noon. (This date was picked due to the delay in receiving package bees from Georgia.) Always check the Workshops & Meetings calendar for updates including last-minute schedule changes.
Hopguard Available in Vermont
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets was able to get a renewal for HopGuard for the 2013 season. Mann Lake Ltd., the primary distributor, has indicated HopGuard is now available to be shipped into Vermont.
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets has received a Section 18 Emergency Use Permit from EPA for the product: HopGuard™ (potassium salt of hop beta acids) for the control of varroa mites in honey bee colonies.
Vermont State Apiculturalist Steve Parise wanted to pass along an update to the recent spraying for mosquitoes that took place last Thursday and Friday nights in the Brandon and Whiting areas of Vermont. He writes:
I was in the Brandon area on Friday, and the Whiting area on Saturday. I looked at bee yards in or near both spray areas and observed no unusual bee activity or mortality.
Alan Graham, our entomologist was also in the spray areas on Friday and Saturday looking at insects foraging on goldenrod. He observed a good diversity of bees, wasps and ants, including bumblebees, as well as three species of butterflies. In his words, “Things looked very good”.