Varroa mites are a constant threat to managed honey bee hives, but the most commonly used pesticide used against the mites appears to have negative effects on honey bee queens’ reproductive patterns. A new study explores these effects and offers beekeepers insight on balancing mite management and hive health.
Nonchemical Varroa-management methods are more common among small-scale beekeepers, but chemical varroacides show wide use among all types.
When honey bees produce more propolis, a waxy resin they use for sealing up their hives, overall health benefits to the colony ensue. A new study tests a few simple methods beekeepers can use to encourage more propolis production in their hives.
Participants in the 2018 Pollinator Field Tour, organized by the Honey Bee Health Coalition and the Entomological Society of America's Plant-Insect Ecosystems Section, say the field tour inspired action, broadened understanding, and promoted collaboration toward protecting pollinators.