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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 […]

How To Paint Bee Boxes

Wooden bee boxes are a long-term investment. If properly prepared and cared for they should last for many years, if not decades. During the big push to get bee equipment ready for the season, it’s tempting to just deploy unpainted woodenware. That works, but doing […]

Checklist for Beginners

The List for March: Crunch Time for New Beekeepers If you’ve decided to give beekeeping a try, it may seem like you have plenty of time before your bees arrive. There is still time to get everything pulled together, but some of the tasks need […]

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 […]

Beginning Beekeeping Videos

Attention beginners.  As you receive your packages or nucs here are some great videos on how to install either.

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. […]

Massive Loss Of Thousands Of Hives Afflicts Orchard Growers And Beekeepers

  February 18, 20194:28 PM ET Heard on All Things Considered Almond bloom comes nearly all at once in California — a flush of delicate pale blooms that unfold around Valentine’s Day. And beekeeper Bret Adee is hustling to get his hives ready, working through […]

Culprit Found For Honeybee Deaths In California Almond Groves

  It’s about time for the annual mass migration of honeybees to California, and new research is helping lower the chances the pollinators and their offspring will die while they’re visiting the West Coast. Each winter, professional beekeepers from around the nation stack hive upon […]

Biologists Identify Honeybee ‘Clean’ Genes

The key to breeding disease-resistant honeybees could lie in a group of genes – known for controlling hygienic behaviour – that enable colonies to limit the spread of harmful mites and bacteria, according to genomics research conducted at York University. Some worker honeybees detect and […]

How bees stay cool on hot summer days

If you’ve ever walked past a bee’s nest on a hot summer day, you’ve probably been too focused avoiding getting stung, rather than stopping to wonder how all those bees stay cool. Don’t worry, Harvard scientists have braved the stingers to ask and answer that […]

Beginners Course First Day

Beginners Course First Day

The best day of the year for Howard County Beekeepers Association, the first day of our yearly Beginners Course.  As usual, it is a sold out course. Beginners of all ages gather to start their journey into the wonderful world of beekeeping.  Most of our […]

A better way to bottle honey

A better way to bottle honey

by Allen Hayes   Many backyard beekeepers bottle their honey using a plastic bucket with a honey gate valve in the bottom.  These buckets are sold by most of the bee suppliers and considered the standard for smaller operations.  But there are problems with these.  […]

Buy NUCs and Packages Locally

Buy NUCs and Packages Locally

Need BEES?  Maryland Beekeepers Association created a bulletin board to help beekeepers selling NUCs or Packages.  Here is the Click HERE Only Need a QUEEN? Click HERE for our list of Local Beekeepers with QUEENS for Sale This list is provided as a free service, and  MSBA does not screen […]