Ant-swers to your ant problems You have been feeding your colony a sugar water syrup and an ant colony has become an unwelcome dinner guest! Your bees have been working hard to bring in nectar to make honey, and ants are hanging around and waiting for an opportunity to rob it! There are ants loitering … Continue reading Help! My colony has ants!
Checking in on the colonies The colonies up north in Chatham in the Upper Peninsula are all doing well and growing quickly. The bees have been busily drawing out comb and expanding to bordering frames, laying eggs and bringing in fresh pollen. Around the brood nest is a bright ring of orange pollen with traces … Continue reading Spring in the Upper Peninsula
Bee Informed Partnership May Sampling It has been a busy week for the Sentinel Apiary project. We visited all four of the MI sentinel apiaries to take samples for the Bee Informed Partnership May disease sampling. After signing up to participate in the sentinel apiary program, we received a box in the mail … Continue reading Bee Informed Partnership May sampling
Placing the last of the hives for the 2017 season The drive up to Chatham, MI is a long one but definitely worth it. On May 9th I made the journey north to the Upper Peninsula to install hives at the North Farm. Upon arriving it was clear that this area will prove much different … Continue reading North farm and Collins Road nuc installation
Arrival of the bees Around 6:00p on Tuesday May 2nd a shipment of honey bee nucs pulled into the Entomology field and research center on Michigan State campus. Beginning their journey in Pennsylvania, these colonies will be temporarily held at Michigan State before being transported across the state of Michigan for the initiation of the … Continue reading Installing nucs at Benton Harbor and Traverse City
Building bee boxes In preparation for the arrival of the nucs, we have been busy building and painting deep bee boxes for the sentinel hives. In total, there will be 32 hives for the sentinel apiary project, starting with two full 8-frame deeps and one empty deep to house the 1-gallon feeder buckets we will … Continue reading Equipment building for the sentinel hives