Weekly Beesearch: Russian Bees vs. Varroa Mites

Weekly Beesearch: Russian Bees vs. Varroa Mites

About six weeks ago, I wrote an article about how Varroa Mites are wreaking havoc on beehives worldwide. As a refresher, a Varroa Mite is a large, reddish-brown parasite that latches onto foraging bees and feeds off of their blood or the bee equivalent of it. It can...
Weekly Beesearch: Arnia Hive Monitors

Weekly Beesearch: Arnia Hive Monitors

Starting in around 2011, new technology began to pop up on beekeeping forums worldwide. A new startup, called Arnia, a UK based beekeeping company, was making waves by claiming that they could monitor hive health using acoustics. This was not a new phenomenon, similar...
Weekly Beesearch: Invasive Species Alert!

Weekly Beesearch: Invasive Species Alert!

Honeybees are not native to North and South America. They are an imported species, brought over the centuries by European colonizers to provide honey and crop pollination. As such, they are considered an invasive species in the Americas, as they contend with native...
Weekly Beesearch: Bee Thieves

Weekly Beesearch: Bee Thieves

This may seem like a joke, but beehive theft and black market bees are on the rise as crops like almonds grow in demand. At the same time, bee colonies are contracting in growth due to Colony Collapse Disorder. And these are proper heists as well, not crimes of...
Weekly Beesearch: Varroa Mites

Weekly Beesearch: Varroa Mites

Continuing from last week, we are taking a look at Varroa Mites and Deformed Wing Virus, or DWF. Both of these diseases are very common in beehives across the globe with Varroa mites carrying DWF and infecting weakened bees with the virus. It is similar to how ticks...
Weekly Beesearch: Foulbrood Diseases

Weekly Beesearch: Foulbrood Diseases

This is a two-part series looking into common diseases that honey bees and their hives may acquire. Infection rates have been steadily increasing over the years as hive rentals place colonies near each other, facilitating the transfer of what would have previously...