Category: News

Oh the Places HCBA Goes!

HCBA was at the forefront of the grand opening of the HOCO Brew Hive Restaurant & Bar. Howard County Executive Cavin Ball was one of the more than 50 people who stopped by the HCBA booth to learn more about honey bees and pollination. HOCO Brew […]

Spotted Lantern Fly In Maryland

Spotted Lanternfly treatments begin in Cecil, Harford counties   The Maryland Department of Agriculture is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to treat for spotted lanternfly at multiple sites in the upper northeast corner of Cecil County and along the northern border of […]

One Day Course Registration

One Day Course Registration

Registration is open for the One Day Introduction to Beekeeping Seminar!  Are you thinking about keeping bees and want a bit more information?  We’d love to see you at the Howard County Beekeepers One Day Beekeeping Informational seminar at the Robinson Nature Center. This seminar will […]



Registration is open for the 2020 Beginning Beekeeping course!  If you are seriously considering keeping honeybees (or simply want to learn more about beekeeping) this is the course for you! This six-session course will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM starting February 12, […]

EPA allows pesticide ‘very highly toxic’ to bees

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency approved broad new applications Friday for a controversial insecticide, despite objections from environmental groups and beekeepers who say it is among the compounds responsible for eviscerating the nation’s bee populations. Alexandra Dunn, head of the EPA office that oversees […]

Summer Treatments for Varroa Mites: Two and a Half Good Choices

In any season, choosing the best Varroa destructor mite treatment requires some thought. In summer, however, it is complicated because most beekeepers have supers on their hives to collect honey for human consumption, which limits many of the options for food safety reasons. Learn more in the […]

The List for July: Four Front Porch Phenomena

Lots of things about your bees and their mysterious world can be deduced just by paying attention to what’s happening at the front entrance. Four distinctive things to keep an eye out for are nasonov gland fanning, ventilation fanning, bearding, and washboarding. Learn more in the […]

More Bad Buzz For Bees: Record Number Of Honeybee Colonies Died Last Winter

It’s a sweltering morning in Beltsville, Md., and I’m face-to-face with bee doom. Mark Dykes, a “Bee Squad coordinator” at the University of Maryland, shakes a Mason jar filled with buzzing honeybees that are coated with powdered sugar. The sugar loosens the grip of tiny Varroa mites, […]

The Zen Beekeeper Returning Hives to the Wild

In recent years, the mysterious disappearance of bees has puzzled experts from across the world. In the United States alone, the honeybee population has dropped by 50 percent from midcentury levels, and 700 species of bees are now at risk of extinction. Scientists can’t really […]

How a Honey Bee’s Waggle is Inspiring Aerospace Design

By Leslie Mertz, Ph.D. The next time you see a bee land on a flower, watch how busy its abdomen is. It scrunches up, it lengthens, and it curls this way and that with amazing flexibility. A group of engineers at Tsinghua University in Beijing […]

McDonald’s Opens a Miniature Restaurant Just for Bees

In a bid to help protect bees, McDonald’s recently commissioned creative agency NORDDDB to design its smallest restaurant yet called McHive. You won’t find Happy Meals and Egg McMuffins here though—the tiny franchise is actually a fully functioning beehive, complete with everything the endangered insects need to […]

Discovery of RNA transfer through royal jelly could aid development of honey bee vaccines

Researchers have discovered that honey bees are able to share immunity with other bees and to their offspring in a hive by transmitting RNA ‘vaccines’ through royal jelly and worker jelly. The jelly is the bee equivalent of mother’s milk: a secretion used to provide […]

The bees living on Notre Dame’s roof survived the fire

Paris (CNN) — The bees that live on the roof of Notre Dame are alive and buzzing, having survived the devastating fire that ripped through the cathedral on Monday, the beekeeper Nicolas Geant confirmed to CNN. LINK

Cute car window decal

You can get it from Dadant LINK neither myself nor HCBA get any financial insensitive from this post. I am posting it because in the week that I had it in my car three people have asked me about it in parking lots and stop […]

NOW LIVE! The 2018-2019 Colony Loss and Management Survey!

NOW LIVE! The 2018-2019 Colony Loss and Management Survey! Good morning America! It’s beautiful outside! The birds are chirping and the bees are flying! You may even notice a few flowers outside too! Here in the South, our many azaleas are in full bloom! This […]

World’s Largest Bee Is Spotted For First Time In Decades

  You might think the world’s biggest bee would be easy to find. But that’s not the case: Until recently, the last time anyone had reported seeing a Wallace’s giant bee living in the wild was in 1981. That changed in January, when the rare […]

Bee parasite is more werewolf than vampire

That may finally explain why Varroa destructor mites are a nightmare for a beehive SUSAN MILIUS MAR 4, 2019 — 6:45 AM EST Scientists have given a tiny mite the ominous name Varroa destructor. This parasite lives on honeybees. Scientists had thought it was a […]

Bees change scent as they age

How Bees Recognize Nestmates from Washington University in STL on Vimeo. By Eleanor Imster in EARTH | March 4, 2019 New research on honey bees offers insight into how these social insects recognize each other. The study published February 5, 2019, in the journal eLife […]

Amid concerns for their health, bees find a powerful buffet in an unlikely urban oasis

Timothy B. Wheeler Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun   A bulldozer rumbled atop a massive construction-rubble landfill nearby as Sam Droege and Thom Wilson went bee-hunting beneath high-voltage power lines slicing across northeastern Baltimore. Every few steps he took, Droege — a wildlife biologist with the U.S. […]

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