Tag Archive: Bees

Carpenter Bees Nest in Dead Wood – Including Houses

The hectic pace to contemporary life can justifiably be compared to the seemingly erratic behavior of insect pollinators. Darting from flower to flower with no apparently logical progression for choice of blooms, all the while emitting a mind numbing buzz. Adult large carpenter bee, Xylocopa sp. Photograph by Paul M. Choate, University of Florida. This …

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Pollinating Solitary Bees

The mining bees or adrenids are often seen in areas of landscapes that have little ground vegetation and loose soil. After mating, the female bee will excavate a very small tunnel in the ground that has several small cells attached to it. Beneficial solitary bee mounds in the ground. Photo by Beth Bolles The bee …

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Preparing Your Honey Bees for Winter

As temperatures in North Florida grow colder, honey bees may need some special attention. Photo by Evan Anderson As temperatures in North Florida grow colder, honey bees will need some special attention. There are a number of management considerations local beekeepers need to be aware of. Weather and Temperature During the winter, honeybees are less …

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Manage Honey Bees Now to Prepare for Next Year’s Nectar Flow

Proper management of your bees in late summer and autumn provides for successful colony winter survival. This in turn will ensure strong populations of bees to work the 2015 nectar flow. Over everything the beekeeper does hangs the honey producer’s main objective: maximizing bee populations in time for major nectar flows. The next major nectar …

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Detecting and Controlling Varroa Mites in Honey Bees

A female varroa mite (Varroa destructor Anderson & Trueman) feeds on a worker bee. The mite is the oval, orange spot on the bee’s abdomen. Photograph by: James Castner, University of Florida. The varroa mite, Varroa destructor is the world’s most devastating pest of Western honey bees, Apis mellifera.  Although the varroa complex includes multiple …

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What the Buzz About Bees? An Update from the Beekeeping Trade Show

On November 1-2, 2013, the Northwest District Agriculture and Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Agents Program Implementation Teams collaborated to offer classes during the annual Beekeeping Field Day and Tradeshow held in Chipley, FL. Attendees learn about bee hive maintenance. This third-annual event was part of the Florida State Beekeepers Association yearly conference and had …

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Autumn and Winter Feeding of Honey Bees

Gulf County Beekeeper, Eddie Causey feeding honeybees corn syrup. Photo credit: Roy Carter Normally a well-managed colony will require little supplemental feeding, but such feeding, when it is necessary, may determine the ultimate survival of the colony.  Ensuring that bees always have an adequate food supply is a form of insurance, and it is generally …

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Managing Hive Robbing Behavior in Bees

During periods of scarce food resources, foraging bees, like the one shown here, invade weaker hives and rob them of their honey.  Photo by Kathy Keatly Garvey, UC Davis Honey bees laboriously gather their food (nectar and pollen) from flowers in bloom and store it in the hive for use when needed.  When nectar sources …

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Spring Appearance of Ground Bees

Several ground bee burrows are shown above in this Marianna lawn. Ground bees lay their eggs in borrows, from which, adult ground bees will emerge the following year. Photo taken by Josh Thomposn The panhandle has experienced warmer weather during the past week, and as the air has warmed and the soil dried, a particular …

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Busy Bees

Beth Bolles County Agent Escanbia County bboles@ufl.edu Consider yourself lucky this year if your landscape is found to be a suitable spot for one of our solitary bees.  Late winter and spring are the times when these beneficial bees begin their development, causing interest and concern for many homeowners. The majority of bee species do …

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