Yard Report – August 2012

Yard Report – August 2012

The Idea The dog days of summer are here. Even though there’s noticeably less daylight, summer’s heat continues. And this old beekeeper takes things a little slower as: colony growth rate slows the bees are healthy cactus frustrates but doesn’t thwart skunks different width frames are a pain the drought continues unabated Is that rabbit brush and gum weed blooming? Rabbitbrush blossoms are inspirational in […]

Co-evolution of Bees and Mites

Co-evolution of Bees and Mites

At Beesource, Mike Bispham shared a paper describing the co-evolution of two bee populations in Europe. Host Adaptations Reduce the Reproductive Success of Varroa Destructor in Two Distinct European Honey Bee Populations Dr. Tom Seeley has  suggested a similar process is at work in the Arnot Forest near Cornell University. Check it out. Years ago, I setup a small cell test yard optimized for the […]

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