VT Bee Blog

Welcome to the Vermont Bee Blog...

Thoughts about beekeeping and beekeepers in Vermont along with links to local and national stories of interest. While most articles are public, VBA members who login to the site will have access to additional articles and features.

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Winter Loss Survey - 2012-2013

Bee Loss Survey

The Bee Informed Partnership (http://beeinformed.org), in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is releasing preliminary results for the seventh annual national survey of honey bee colony losses.

Introducing the Mobile Mentor Program

New to Beekeeping? Check Out Our Mobile Mentor Program

What is it?

VBA has secured a grant to help expand our educational and mentoring programs in a more formal way. This is our first year and we hope to offer this again if our members find it useful.

Classroom learning is great, and VBA has a fine in-hive education program at the Intervale, but what about looking in your own hives? It can be very confusing at first.

With this program, beekeepers of any experience level can contact the Mobile Mentors and request an in-hive apiary visit to help them with what they are seeing in their own hives. The Mobile Mentor will do a full inspection and talk you through any questions that you have.

The program is open to VBA members and complete details may be found here. (VBA Membership is required for program participation.)

Bees Buzz Each Other, but Not the Way You Think

The electric fields that build up on honey bees as they fly, flutter their wings, or rub body parts together may allow the insects to talk to each other, a new study suggests. Tests show that the electric fields, which can be quite strong, deflect the bees' antennae, which, in turn, provide signals to the brain through specialized organs at their bases. Antenna deflections induced by an electrically charged honey bee wing are about 10 times the size of those that would be caused by airflow from the wing fluttering at the same distance—a sign that electrical fields could be an important signal.

A Beautiful Film...

“Dance of the Honey Bee” was a short film made by Peter Nelson as part of a challenge by Vision Research, a camera manufacturer, and a camera dealer Abel Cine to use their Miro camera in a new and unusual ways.  Since Peter has been a backyard beekeeper in the Hudson Valley  of New York for 23 years and a cinematographer by profession, his concept was to do an homage to the honey bee by showing them in super slow motion.

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