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Virus-fungus combo killing honeybees

John Clark's picture

I found this story on line thought you all should read it. This is the link.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010/10/06/Virus-fungus-combo-killing-honeybees/UPI-70031286419509/

"A combination of a virus and a fungus could be responsible for colony collapse disorder, the mysterious syndrome killing U.S. honeybees, researchers say..."

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Guttation And Your Bees

This is a most important topic to beekeepers. This first link from Wikipedia tells what guttation is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guttation 

Pesticides in guttation water are quite probably the cause of CCD! Other countries have already suggested it. Perhaps a better name for CCD would be Constant Chemical Decimation.

Read what your fellow beekeepers in Atlanta posted.

Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association

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Colony Collapse Disorder still a problem

ralph's picture

[img_assist|nid=28|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=67]An article recently ran in the Houston Chronicle on Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). The article said that CCD is still on the rise and poses a very real threat to the beekeeping industry.

Here is a quote from the beginning of the article: "Dropping in droves, bees are still puzzling agriculturists. It is the fourth straight winter that more than a quarter of the existing honeybee population has disappeared. This year, however, the rate of loss hit its second-highest point since 2007-2008."

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Installing a new hive

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 Installing bee colonies from a package  

Here is how I install a package of bees into a hive. We will assume that the hive is assembled and ready for bees. We assume also that you have ans are wearing proper bee gear - i.e. long sleeve shirt, long pants, a bee veil and gloves. It is also handy to have a hive tool, a pair of small vice-grips, and a brush.

How bee swarms get started

ralph's picture

Here is an article from the BBC website about how bee swarms are initiated: Bee swarms follow 'pied pipers' 

According to the article, "By buzzing a 'piping' signal the bees are able to initiate an explosive departure from the hive... [and] this causes a swarm as the honeybees travel to form a new colony in a new location."

It sounds like a small group of bees decide it's time to swarm and then send out a shrill cry to get the other bees riled up. Fascinating.

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