MSU Sentinel Apiary Update: Sampling Growing Colonies

As part of the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) Sentinel Apiary program, MSU monitors 6 apiaries throughout Michigan. You can learn about the national program from this "Sentinel Apiary" video from BIP. We evaluate colony health and collect samples of bees once per month, May through October. Here are the data we record from each colony: … Continue reading MSU Sentinel Apiary Update: Sampling Growing Colonies

MSU Sentinel Apiary Update: Packages, Oxalic Acid, and Splits

Michigan State University has been busy splitting honey bee colonies to prevent swarms. In the spring, most healthy colonies have the urge to swarm. When honey bees swarm, the queen and about half of the colony’s bees leave to establish a new home, leaving behind developing queens and half of the bees. A swarm normally … Continue reading MSU Sentinel Apiary Update: Packages, Oxalic Acid, and Splits