Content tagged "bee diseases and pests"

What are some ways to reduce the population of Varroa mites in honey bee colonies, without the use of pesticides?

Bee Health Updated: March 02, 2016

Mite-resistant Bees. In response to development of resistance to chemical miticides, and in order to provide more sustainable mite management, honey bees...

How is Nosema disease treated?

Bee Health Updated: March 02, 2016

Nosema disease can be treated successfully with Fumigillin (trade name Fumidil). Colonies are usually treated in the fall, spring, or both. Follow the...

How do I know whether my bees have Nosema disease?

Bee Health Updated: March 02, 2016

The only way to be sure is to examine bees by microscope. A sample of bees is macerated in a small amount of water, and then a drop of the liquid is...

What is Nosema disease?

Bee Health Updated: March 02, 2016

Nosema disease in honey bees is caused by two species of pathogens, Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae. Nosema apis was the only known microsporidian honey bee...

What is the basic life cycle of the fungus, Ascosphaera apis that causes chalkbrood disease in honey bee colonies?

Bee Health Updated: March 02, 2016

Spores of the fungus are ingested with the honey bee larval food. Larvae are most susceptible if they ingest spores when they are 3 to 4 days old and then...

What are wax moths and what kind of damage do they make in a beehive?

Bee Health Updated: February 25, 2016

There are two species of wax moth that cause damage to honey bee colonies by consuming beeswax as their larvae develop and in the process of making a pupal...

Pesticides Applied to Crops and Honey Bee Toxicity

Bee Health Updated: November 02, 2015

Are crop pesticides a problem for honey bees?

Has research been done on honey bees comparing 5.4 mm comb cell size with 4.9 mm? I have heard that small cell (4.9 mm) beekeeping can control varroa mites.

Bee Health Updated: September 15, 2014

Below is a listing of research into European honey bees on small cell combs. Three of the articles (1, 2, and 5) deal with small cell and varroa mites. All...

Honey Bees Disease and Pest Resources

Bee Health Updated: September 05, 2014

Download a diagnostic manual for all honey bee ailments

Honey Bees and Beekeeping: Diseases and Pests

Bee Health Updated: September 02, 2014

Part I1. Introduction2. In the Beginning3. Things are Buzzing4. A Mid-season BreakPart II5. Diseases and Pests6. It's Harvest Time7. Rounding Out the...

European Foulbrood: A Bacterial Disease Affecting Honey Bee Brood

Bee Health Updated: July 26, 2013

Get up-close to an elusive honey bee disease.

University of Florida Bee Disease Videos

Bee Health Updated: July 26, 2013

Jamie Ellis describes the history, biology, symptoms, and control of four important diseases and pests.

Handbook of Small Hive Beetle IPM

Bee Health Updated: July 26, 2013

Dr. Michael Hood, Extension Apiculturist at Clemson University has released a detailed Extension bulletin on Small Hive Beetle Integrated Pest Management.

Lessons Learned by the Managed Pollinator CAP: Impacts of Varroa Parasitism on Honey Bee Health

Bee Health Updated: July 26, 2013

Learn about some of the latest research into bee decline.

The Managed Pollinator CAP after Three Years: Highlights and Emerging Trends

Bee Health Updated: January 28, 2013

CAP Updates: 23Last August the leaders of the Managed Pollinator CAP http://www.beeccdcap.uga.edu/ submitted a 96-page progress report to USDA as part of our...

What are small hive beetles and where did they come from?

Bee Health Updated: May 14, 2012

The small hive beetle, Aethina tumida Murray, is a pest of honey bees, that was first discovered damaging honey bee colonies in Florida in the spring of...

How can I tell the difference between small hive beetle larvae and wax moth larvae?

Bee Health Updated: May 14, 2012

Small hive beetle larvae often congregate in corners, possibly to retain heat. This clustering distinguishes beetle larvae from wax moth larvae that are...

The First Two Years of the Stationary Hive Project: Abiotic Site Effects

Bee Health Updated: May 14, 2012

CAP Updates: 251School of Biology, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469 USA; 2Honey Bee Research Unit, USDA-ARS-SARC, 2413 E. Hwy 83, Weslaco, TX 78596 USA;...

Testing for Nosema Spores

Bee Health Updated: May 14, 2012

Equipment needed: 400X Microscope, counting chamber, mortar and pestle, clean water, measure 1-15 ml, transfer pipets, wash bottle and forceps.  There are...

Sunlight, Water and Nosema Spores

Bee Health Updated: May 10, 2012

CAP Updates: 26This article will discuss two issues : the possibility that sunlight may be used to sterilize beekeeping equipment, and the danger of outdoor...

An Update on Bee Breeding Efforts in Indiana: Breeding for Resistance to Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus

Bee Health Updated: February 20, 2012

CAP Updates: 21According to the most recent surveys in North America and Europe, Varroa mites still appear to be public enemy #1 for bees, at least among the...

Miticide and Fungicide Interactions

Bee Health Updated: February 20, 2012

CAP Updates: 20Jointly published in the American Bee Journal and in Bee Culture, October 2011.There is no question that honey bees are surrounded by a...

Effects of Nosema on Honey Bee Behavior and Physiology

Bee Health Updated: February 20, 2012

CAP Updates: 19Jointly published in the American Bee Journal and in Bee Culture, September 2011.Currently there are two species of Nosema infecting the...

Nosema Microsporidia: Friend Foe and Intriguing Creatures

Bee Health Updated: February 20, 2012

   Microsporidia: Friend, Foe (and Intriguing Creatures)Leellen F. Solter, Illinois Natural History Survey, Institute of Natural Resources Sustainability,...

Nosema ceranae The Inside Story

Bee Health Updated: February 20, 2012

   Tom Webster, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, KYQuite a bit has been written on Nosema ceranae in recent years. This pathogen was discovered in...

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