Take The Survey…NOW!

In past years Washington State Beekeeping Association conducted its own winter loss survey along with Oregon State Beekeepers. To better gather the data needed to  actually help, we now support the Bee Informed Partnership. Please participate in this years survey of all beekeepers. The Bee Informed Partnership, a joint project among numerous universities and laboratories, is a project whose … [Read more...]

Puget Sound ZomBee Watch

University of Washington, Department of Biology The UW Department of Biology is supplementing the nation-wide ZomBee Watch program (https://www.zombeewatch.org) with our own local, intensified sampling effort. We hope to learn more about this interesting, newly recognized honey bee parasite. Please help by sending us suspicious samples.       Contact us directly for a … [Read more...]

Honeycombs’ Surprising Secret Revealed

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Honeycombs' Surprising Secret Revealed - from livescience.com By Laura Poppick, Staff Writer The perfect hexagonal shape of honeycomb cells — once thought to be an incredible feat of math-savvy insects — has now been explained by simple mechanics. Scientists have marveled at the angular perfection of honeycomb for centuries, but none have been able to clearly describe how it forms. … [Read more...]

WSU preparing sperm bank to save honey bee population

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Washington State University researchers are preparing to use liquid nitrogen to create a frozen semen bank from select U.S. and European honey bee colonies. WSU news post At the same time, the researchers will use genetic cross-breeding methods to produce more diverse, resilient honey bee subspecies that could help thwart the nation's current colony collapse crisis. Semen collection … [Read more...]

Bee Informed Survey

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Are you ready to survey? Attention Washington State Beekeepers, in past years your State Beekeeping Association conducted its own winter loss survey along with Oregon State Beekeepers. To better gather the data needed to  actually help, we now support the Bee Informed Partnership. Please participate in this years survey of all beekeepers. The Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) is a USDA/NIFA … [Read more...]

idiopathic brood disease syndrome (IBDS)

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This ezine is also available online at http://home.ezezine.com/1636/1636-2013.03.04.09.15.archive.html This article is from CATCH THE BUZZ Colonies with IBDS, a new-found disease, are likely to die even with low mite levels. These finding support the growing consensus that the causes of colony mortality are multiple and interrelated. By Matt Shipman A new long-term study of honey bee … [Read more...]

Controlled Atmosphere Overwintering

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By Jason A. Long, M.S. Student, Washington State University Overwintering honey bee colonies is a common practice, with both outdoor wintering and indoor wintering conducted. Colonies heading into winter produce special winter bees. Winter bees, compared to summer bees, have enlarged fat bodies and pharyngeal glands, high levels of protein, and low levels of juvenile hormone. Winter bees live … [Read more...]

2012 Germplasm Importation of the Italian Honey Bee, Apis mellifera ligustica

Walter S. Sheppard speaking at the WSBA Conference 2012

By Walter S. Sheppard, Thurber Professor of Apiculture Recent declines in honey bee populations and increasing challenges to maintain colony health are of concern to both beekeepers and growers of crops needing pollination services. Amid widespread research on honey bee health issues, there remains a notable lack of research directed toward the genetic improvement of honey bees. There is a … [Read more...]

Honeybee Diseases and Pests

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This table describes all of the main honeybee diseases and pests. Some, like the Bee Louse and Small Hive Beetle, are not yet a problem in the Inland Northwest. Clicking on “photos” will open up a new window with excellent photos from Zachary Huang of Michigan State University. … [Read more...]