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  1. Diseases and Pests
    Wax Worms to the Rescue! The insect is able to quickly biodegrade polyethylene, the plastic used for shopping bags and food packaging Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) This is plastic after being biodegraded by 10 worms for 30 minutes. view more Credit: CSIC Communications...
  2. Beekeeping 101
    I recently was given a truckload of bee supers, frames etc. Everything for multiple hives. The person had the hives and in a move lost most of the bees or they died off, not sure but it looks like he stored the hives, comb, honey and all in storage buildings for the past 4 years. They are...
  3. Bee Forum
    Have been watching this video posted on social media by the Irish Federation of Beekeepers (full disclosure: I'm Irish and a beekeeper but now live in NY). Anyway, around the 47 minute mark he starts to talk about a species of moth I've never heard of that is able to infiltrate the hive...
  4. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    The intern from Honduras staying with me found five of these wasps in the hives. There are bumblebee colonies near all the beehives. Apanteles galleriae Wilkinson (Figs. 2Ð5) Apanteles galleriae Wilkinson, 1932. Stylops 1: 139. Holotype female, Natural History Museum, London, examined. Wilkinson...
  5. Diseases and Pests
    Here's a couple of shots of some wax moth damaged comb. Will the bees clean the frass and webbing up and out of the tunnels? Thanks, Ed
  6. Bee Forum
    The Bite of the Honeybee: 2-Heptanone Secreted from Honeybee Mandibles during a Bite Acts as a Local Anesthetic in Insects and Mammals Honeybees secrete 2-heptanone (2-H) from their mandibular glands when they bite. 2-H is a local anesthetic effective against wax moth larva (WML) and Varroa...
  7. Diseases and Pests
    I had a spare super in my garage that I found was hit by wax moths. A few weeks ago, I took the frames and spread them out along the side of my house. Not in the direct sun, but certainly light and in the mid 80s every day. My question is this: * Since there is no longer any sign of larvae...
  8. Diseases and Pests
    I've been losing too many peaches to OFM and am considering some treatment, but my trees are a couple feet from one hive. I was consider BT (Bacillius thuriengensis) as a spray and from what I've read it's fairly safe to bees, but wanted to see if anyone had better ideas for controlling OFM...
  9. Diseases and Pests
    Hi folks, My first year keeping bees with one hive. SHB got to our hive and we have had a very difficult time with them. I think we added too many honey supers for the bees and allowed our hive to get too large this spring while the colony was still relatively small. SHB got to the stage of...
  10. Photo/Video Gallery
    Two hives were weakened by mosquito spraying and the small hive beetles, wax moths and ants finished the job. Notice the small crawling larva and oily appearance! This hive had about 5 gallons of honey when destroyed. http://americasbeekeeper.com/Moth%20Damage_04.jpg
  11. Alternative Pollinators
    This marvelous large moth (Hemaris thysbe) has been on my anise hyssop for the past couple of weeks. It looks for all the world like a tiny fairy-like hummingbird: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hrrng_k9Jc0 It moves pretty fast, so it wasn't exactly easy to keep it in the camera's...
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