While toilet paper was undoubtedly the hottest commodity this spring, the rush to stock up on pantry items also included honey. Are people buying it because it is comforting? Or because they know it does not go bad? The global pandemic has led to all kinds of anomalies and challenges so far this year. Here are some of the ways we have seen beekeepers and researchers respond.
Many of us know blueberries as the tart and sweet fruit that is mixed into yogurt or made into muffins. Beekeepers know blueberries as a source of pollination income year after year, often right on the heels of almond pollination. If the blueberry bushes bloom early, as they did this year in some areas, there can be a rush to get the bees there to pollinate in time.
Healthy Hives 2020 is a partnership between Project Apis m. and Bayer to support needed research and practical projects. This multi-year, $1.3 million research initiative is laser focused on finding measurable and tangible solutions for beekeepers to improve U.S. honey bee colony health. With PAm’s administrative support, Healthy Hives 2020 has funded 14 research and collaborative projects.
There has been a buzz of information this week about the "murder wasp". If you are looking for factual information about the Asian Giant Hornet, here is a good fact sheet from Washington State University. And here is a report on its damage in Asia, translated at The Ohio State University:
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This video also shows how it raids a honey bee hive. If you live in an affected area, check out the Washington State Department of Agriculture's website for resources on what the wasp looks like, how to report a sighting, and a friendly reminder to stay safe.