Bee Health Update 2.3 April May 2010

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The Bee Health Update is a bi-monthly newsletter which updates current activities around the Bee Health, eXtension.org community content at:

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Would you like to add content to eXtension.org and the Bee Health Update newsletter? Bee Health is accepting research based information articles, FAQ's, instructional articles and videos, events, news, and any other content that helps us achieve our goal of facilitating knowledge transfer of sustainable bee management practices. Help us to secure continued pollination of our natural and agricultural plant communities by adding your expertise to eXtension.org. Contributions should be coordinated with Michael Wilson, University of Tennessee mailto:mwilso14@utk.edu


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Contents

Video: Honey Bees and Beekeeping

Honey Bees and Beekeeping: A Year in the Life of an Apiary

Now available online, this classic, public TV series by Keith Delaplane and the University of Georgia walks the viewer through the establishment of 10 new hives and a year of management. This basic management information is invaluable for the new beekeeper and a real resource for experienced beekeepers to utilize to share with others. Topics covered range from installing packages and the health of colonies, to more advanced topics like queen rearing and migratory beekeeping. Roughly 4hrs of instruction is presented in an enjoyable format. Much of the series is already online and organized at Honey Bees and Beekeeping: A Year in the Life of an Apiary. Over the next month, the final chapters will be converted and uploaded to the Bee Health YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/beehealth

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Introduction: Section 1.1: Presented with permission of the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education. To purchase the complete "Honey Bees and Beekeeping" television series on DVD or accompanying book, please call 1-800-359-4040


Instrumental Insemination

Susan Cobey at UC Davis has provided the following materials to the eXtension site.


Diagram of queen insemination.


Instrumental insemination, I.I., is a proven and reliable method of controlled mating, providing an essential tool for honey bee research, bee breeding, and stock maintenance. The ability to control mating allows bee breeders to select stocks for economically valued traits and researchers to explore honey bee behavior and genetics.


CAP Updates


Dance Language of the Honey Bee

Dance Language of the Honey Bee is a new article assembled from materials from the following people

  • Karl von Frisch
  • Bill Tietjen, Bellarmine University
  • Kirk Visscher, University of California, Riverside

Upcoming Events and a Bee Bookmark

Two important conferences are coming up in the Eastern US where CoP members will be presenting and instructing about broad topics in honey bee health. Presentations and workshops vary across the full spectrum of beekeeping from beginner to advanced and hobby to commercial. During these events, we will be increasing awareness about the eXtension.org project.




The University of Georgia has developed a bookmark to increase awareness of the Bee Health eXtension site and the Managed Pollinator CAP website. 1,500 copies have been printed to date with scheduled distributions so far at.

BeeHealth/CAP bookmark, print version

Pollinator Publication

For as little as $1 each, you can purchase copies of Bee Pollinators in Your Garden published by the American Association for Professional Apiculturists, edited by E.C. Mussen, M. Spivak, D.F. Mayer, and M.T. Sanford. It is an 18 page color booklet that covers the following topics: Why Bees are the Best Pollinators, What is a Bee?, What Bees are Common? Habitat for Bees, Insecticides and Bees, and lists of sources for honey bees, non-Apis bees, bee equipment and references. These make great publications to hand out at your next public event.


Thank you for your time and attention,
Michael Wilson
University of Tennessee