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Feb. 16, 2008 — In response to a fast-spreading syndrome called colony collapse disorder (CCD) that's striking honey bees nationwide, scientists at Agricultural Research Service (ARS) bee laboratories across the country are pooling their expertise. They want to learn what’s causing the disappearance of the honey bees that add about $15 billion a year to the value of U.S. crops by pollinating fruit, vegetable, tree nut and berry crops. Some beekeepers have already lost one-half to two-thirds of their colonies to CCD. Jeff Pettis, research leader at the ARS Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Md., is a coordinator of the newly established five-year Areawide Program to Improve Honey Bee Health, Survivorship and Pollination Availability.
If you keep bees in British Columbia, or are considering doing so, you may want to familiarize yourself with the some of the applicable regulations. Whether or not you intend to follow any of the them is another story, but either way it may be a good idea to see what applies and know where you stand in regards to the law. You may never hear from a provincial bee inspector or a local by-law officer under normal circumstances, but all it takes is one complaint from a neighbour to change that. Apiculture falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Agriculture, and the BCMAL website is a great source of information about beekeeping in this province, it is worth spending some time checking the site out. I have tried to gather links to all the provincial regulations below for easy reference, but if I have overlooked any please post a link in the comments section.
Selected Articles About Bees Summer Rituals | Tending Hives Beekeepers Keep the Lid On By JOSHUA BRUSTEIN Beekeeping is illegal in New York City, but some people take the risk and tend hives on rooftops or in backyards.
The first job a beekeeper has is to build a good beehive. In the United States the standard hive is sometimes called a Langstroth hive. Most beekeepers build a 9 5/8" deep hive body for the brood chamber. Above that will go another deep if it is a very large colony or 6 5/8" super. It is called a "super" because it goes over the bottom box (superimposed, in other words). This super is where the bees will put the excess honey.
Honey bees (or honeybees) - Diseases & Pests: We wish to thank Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia for some of the information on this page. We share images and information with Wikipedia. We also wish to thank the Biosecurity Sciences Laboratory in Archerfield, BC for their free information and images that they provide to help people interested in bee pests and diseases. Biosecurity Sciences Laboratory Health and Food Sciences Precinct PO Box 156 Archerfield BC Qld 4108
FAQ 2 About Honey Bees: All the sort of things you might be interested in as a non-beekeeper. I wrote this FAQ before I'd ever heard of FAQ's and I called it 'Common Questions about Honey Bees'. When collecting swarms I would chat to the panicking 'victims' and generally win them around to being interested in the life of the honey bee.
Anatomy of a Hive A hive is more than just a buzz of activity. The social organization rivals that in the best-run corporations, with each bee and each cell possessing a rigidly specific function. Have a look at the physical, behavioral, and social infrastructure inside a bees' nest.
11 October 2011 Last updated at 09:18 ET The Halictus eurygnathus has been recorded on the South Downs for the first time in 65 years A species of bee which was believed to be extinct in Britain has been found in East Sussex - 65 years after it was last seen. A study by entomologist Steven Falk shows the solitary bee, Halictus eurygnathus, is at at seven sites on the South Downs. Mr Falk said many of the species he recorded were rare and some were doing better than expected. However, others, including one of Britain's largest mining bees, were at risk of losing their habitats.
I heard about the recent decline in honeybees, and I wanted to find out if there was anything that homeowners could do to support local bee populations. I interviewed two apiculture professors (that's professors of bee science) and found out that there's a lot that homeowners can do to help local bee populations thrive. What's going on with bees? "The honeybees have been declining since the 1940s, so in some sense it's nothing new," said Dr. Keith Delaplane, a professor at the University of Georgia's Honey Bee program .
A beekeeper or apiarist has different tasks in each season. During winter , there is not much to do with the hives if you already did all the right things in late summer and fall. However, you still have to keep your sight on mites. Count for mites in sticky-board for three days and treat them if necessary and remove the chemical strip after six weeks. During winter, you can decide the number of hives you would want for the next year and the number of bees to make a strong colony.