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Author: Tabitha Welsh

Pollen and honey provide the protein and minerals that honeybees need to survive. A healthy, successful hive will gather most of their resources from the natural world. Occasionally, beekeepers will need to feed the hive to ensure adequate stores in periods of low nectar flow...

The period of time between the emergence of a virgin queen and the presence of a brood can feel like watching water boil. If you have recently caught a swarm, ordered a package, or requeened, you may be wondering: Was my queen successful? Let’s start with...

The presence of eggs, large, and capped brood is indicative of a mated queen. But as a new beekeeper, how will you know if your brood pattern is healthy? A mated queen will produce both worker and drone brood within the brood chamber, with the majority...

TREATING VARROA MITES [caption id="attachment_3652" align="alignright" width="277"] Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) with attached Varroa Mites (Varroa destructor)" by AbsoluteFolly is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0[/caption] The detection and timely treatment of varroa mites is critical in preventing mite infestation, a principal cause of colony collapse disorder...

[caption id="attachment_3596" align="alignright" width="349"] Photo Credit: Steve Ausmus, USDA-ARS[/caption] A varroa mite is an introduced ectoparasite of the honeybee,  Apis mellifera. Mites were first introduced to the Western honeybee when the Apis cerana Fabricius – The eastern European or Asian strain of honeybees – Were introduced...