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  1. Diseases and Pests
    I got a NUC after taking 2 years off from beekeeping. I got all new deep frames and foundation, but I kept my old box and bottom board. I inspected the NUC frames prior to bringing them home and everything looked ok. Fast forward 2 weeks, the ladies drew out the rest of the brood box so I added...
  2. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    INTRODUCTION: My intent for this thread is to chronicle the successes and failures of my apiary. I have written on here a few times and people expressed an interest in seeing how things pan out for me. This will be the thread that I will continually update as the years progress. Here's a quick...
  3. Bee Forum
    Hi all, I am trying to assess the strength of one of my weaker hives. It has been slow to buildup all year. I got it as a Nuc the first week of June, it turned out to be queenless and had chalkbrood. I added a new queen from California. I fed until mid july and the hive seemed to refuse to...
  4. Alternative Pollinators
    Introduction of Non-Native Pollinators Can Lead to Trans-Continental Movement of Bee-Associated Fungi Bees are essential pollinators for many flowering plants, including agriculturally important crops such as apple. As geographic ranges of bees or their host plants change as a result of human...
  5. Alternative Pollinators
    First Detection of the Larval Chalkbrood Disease Pathogen Ascosphaera apis (Ascomycota: Eurotiomycetes: Ascosphaerales) in Adult Bumble Bees Fungi in the genus Ascosphaera (Ascomycota: Eurotiomycetes: Ascosphaerales) cause chalkbrood disease in larvae of bees. Here, we report the first-ever...
  6. Bee Forum
    Ascosphaera callicarpa, a New Species of Bee-Loving Fungus, with a Key to the Genus for Europe We studied the bee specialist fungus Ascosphaera in wild solitary bees to investigate the diversity of the genus in nature and the ecology of these fungi with their bee hosts. A new morphologically...
  7. Alternative Pollinators
    Imported bumblebees pose 'parasite threat' to native bees By Victoria Gill Science reporter, BBC News Between 40,000 and 50,000 bumblebee colonies are imported into the UK every year Bumblebees imported from Europe carry pathogens that pose a threat to native honeybees and bumblebees...
  8. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Has anyone seen any research studies on chalkbrood resistance? From what I understand, there are bees that seem to show good resistance to chalkbrood. Is this because the larva are more resistant to the spores or is it related to hygienic behavior of the nurse bees? Maybe both? Any thoughts?
  9. Bee Forum
    Hi, I have two hives on my roof here in baltimore md. Last year my bees didn't make it through the winter and I really want them to overwinter this year. One hive is very strong and made a good heavy honey super on top of the two deeps I have them in. I am considering leaving this super on for...
  10. Bee Forum
    This is what I see in front of one (but not both) of my hives. All the pictures of chalkbrood I have ever seen the pupae are fuzzy -- these are smooth. Of the handful I inspected, none of them had varroa attached. Sorry for the picture quality. These are the first pictures from my new...
  11. Diseases and Pests
    Here is a URL that is detailed and with photos. http://maarec.psu.edu/pest&disease/slide25.htm Ernie
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