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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...