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Building a Better Mite Washer

Building a Better Mite Washer – Larry Clamp Notes from Randy: Tinkerer Larry Clamp put together a very nice set up illustrated instructions for building mite washer cups, and is generously sharing them.  Thanks, Larry! The thin black screen from package bee cages (or some older veils) is easier to work with than hardware cloth, and […]

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Oxalic Dribble Tips

Oxalic Dribble Tips Updated May 2015 Following the lead of many other countries, EPA has finally approved its legal use for control of varroa.  My sons and I have been using oxalic dribble for 15 years with great success.    We really like the dribble method due to its low cost, ease of use, safety […]

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Colony Demography

Seasonal demographics of a colony headed by a vigorous young queen, shed wintered in Manitoba.  Each band of color represents the proportion of bees in each 12-day age class at any time point.  Red (0-12 days of age) through green (61-72 days) age cohorts represent short-lived “summer bees,” which rarely live longer than two months.  […]

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What’s Happening with the Bees 2015

2015 What’s Happening Auburn Share:

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Tips for Citizen Scientists

Tips for Designing Bee Research Projects Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com Revised March 15, 2015 Beekeepers are known for being of curious and experimental minds. Since factors affecting beekeeping are continually changing, new unanswered questions are bound to arise; the beekeeper “citizen scientist” can often answer them himself by performing a well-designed experiment, and then share those results […]

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International Websites of Interest

I’m open to suggestions for interesting websites on beekeeping in countries other than the U.S. to link to–please email me suggestions. Ukraine:A commercial honey sales website, but with a nice summary of the history of beekeeping in that country http://www.honey-export.com/   Share:

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Pesticide exposure pathways

Sorry for the low resolution of this snip of this Powerpoint slide that I created for a presentation.  I’ve color coded the ellipses and arrows.  Red is the pesticide active ingredient.  Blue is the initial mode of exposure.  Orange are the ages/temporal tasks of the bees involved.  Green are the contaminated foods or combs. Note […]

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GMO Updates

GMO updates Please don’t parrot misinformation–learn the actual facts! Introduction “GMOs” are a hot topic these days, due mainly to the media attention given to a few advocacy groups, as opposed to those who actually understand the science involved in the development of genetically-modified plants. I find this unfortunate, since the future of many species […]

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The Short Version

The Major Problems Facing Bees and Beekeepers Number one is varroa.  Varroa changed the virus dynamics within the colony.  If either the bees or the beekeeper don’t keep the varroa infestation rate down to fewer than 5 mites per 100 bees, colonies start to suffer.  At about 15 mites per 100, viruses go epidemic, and […]

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Updates

October 2014: Hi All, I’m freshly returned from the Western Apicultural Society Conference in Missoula, where we got to see the state of the art in remote hive monitoring.  It won’t be long until we have some really user-friendly and affordable hive monitoring devices on the market. We’re also seeing a sea change in the […]

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Small-scale Queenrearing

This page is not a finished product, but due to requests, I’ve posted a rough version.   The Oliver “foolproof method” of queen  rearing Step-by-step Oliver modification  of the “Modified Swarm Box” Starter/finisher colony Click the link below to download my Powerpoint presentation, minus my voice.  It is a large download and may take some […]

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Queens For Pennies Powerpoint Presentation

You can download the linked Powerpoint presentation below for a slide show to go with my article Queens for Pennies. Updates:  I recently tested several models of lighted magnifying headlamps available from Amazon and was most pleased with the: Carson Pro Series MagniVisor Deluxe Head-Worn LED Lighted Magnifier with 4 Different Lenses (1.5x, 2x, 2.5x, […]

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Winter Colony Losses

First published in: American Bee Journal, September 2013

A Pesticide-Free Control Group 2011/2012 Beelogical Trials Discussion What Makes Dinks Dinks? The Midwinter Assessment (Size Matters) Another Trial The Winter Turnaround So What To Do With Dinks? Spread of Infection From Hive to Hive Coming References   Randy OliverScientificBeekeeping.com For nearly a decade now beekeepers have been experiencing a higher rate of overwintering losses […]

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Reflections on the Honey Bee Health Summit

First published in: American Bee Journal, August 2013

(And Other Random Thoughts) Randy OliverScientificBeekeeping.com  Reflections of the Honey Bee Health Summit (And Other Random Thoughts) Into The Belly of the Beast Plant Breeders Drop the Demonization Let’s Be Logical Take Home Sound Bites Colony Health The Varroa/Virus Complex Pesticide Issues Agriculture and Nutrition Toxins Sentinel Apiaries Weighing the Costs and Benefits The Varroa/Virus […]

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Mite Management Update 2013

First published in: American Bee Journal, August 2013

Monitoring Mites by Sampling Frame-to-Frame Consistency of Samples Mite Recovery of the Alcohol Wash Sticky Boards Natural Mite Drop vs. Alcohol Wash Discussion Experimenting with MAQS Strips References and Footnotes Randy OliverScientificBeekeeping.com It’s that time of year again to get a jump on varroa mites before it’s too late.  This raises two questions: how to […]

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