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Haunted by losses, a Maryland beekeeper speaks out

Feeling discouraged about the bee thing? You are not alone. Haunted by losses, Bill Castro, a thirty-year beekeeper from Maryland, shared the details of his disastrous 2016 bee season. The numbers are scary. Abysmal losses Update on the rusty-patched bumble bee In related news, due to policy changes in Washington DC, the inclusion of the […] Read more

Bald-faced hornet nests in New York

Beekeepers here in North America are all too familiar with the bald-faced hornet Dolichovespula maculata. Depending on where you live, this wasp may also be referred to as a white-faced hornet, blackjacket, or bull hornet. The bald-faced hornet is actually a close relative of the aerial yellowjacket Dolichovespula arenaria, which also can give beekeepers a […] Read more

Beekeeping with Asian hornets in France

After I wrote about the Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) entering Great Britain, a beekeeper living in southern France wrote to me about his five-year struggle with these aggressive bee eaters. Michael Judd, originally from England, keeps ten hives at an elevation of 789 meters (2588 feet) under a small wild-flower-covered mountain near the village of […] Read more

Will American foulbrood make a comeback?

As many of you know, the drugs that are currently labeled for the prevention and treatment of American and European foulbrood will no longer be available for over-the-counter purchase beginning January 1, 2017. The decision by the US Food and Drug Administration to tighten control over antibiotics is a response to the ever declining list […] Read more