Taming the Mighty Mite

After almost 3 years of no activity in my bee yard, I am starting to think again about bee guardian ship.

For starters I want to share an article on the mite problem and why NOT treading them might be so much more beneficial in the long run.

Here is the link to the article:

Bee Well

Last recording of our Bee Guardian Radio show

Today 3 beeguardians met at the radio station (and one on the phone) to wrap up our 18 month endeavor of talking on air about our honey bee passion. Most shows are archived.  Please feel free to check them out.  We had fun learning about the honey bees and sharing.

Our theme for this show was: what did the bees teach us?  We came up with quite a list.

Here is the LINK to the show

Thank you to all that have participated over the last 18 months.  I especially want to thank my co hosts Aimee, who started the show with me and stayed for almost a year and Svea, who stepped up to the challenge and shared her excitement about her bees for the last 8 month.  And thank you to WRFR for letting us create a monthly radio show around honey bees.

Whole Foods is inviting you to share the buzz

Without bees, breakfast would be bland, lunch would be limited and dinner would be dismal. Bees pollinate more than 100 types of crops in the US, from the almonds in your granola to the berries atop your favorite dessert. Yet US honey bee colonies are declining at an annual rate of 30% or more.

As an industry leader in natural and organic foods, Whole Foods Market® is passionate about raising honey bee awareness, taking action and helping our communities “bee the solution.”

Click here for the rest of the story.

Whole Foods in CT is demonstrating how much of our food is pollinator dependent

This is what your grocery store looks like without bees.

Published: June 12, 2013

Whole Foods Market® partners with The Xerces Society to “Share the Buzz” and protect pollinator populations

By Whole Foods Market

PROVIDENCE, R.I., JUNE 12, 2013 — /PRNewswire/ — One of every three bites of food comes from plants pollinated by honeybees and other pollinators. Yet, major declines in bee populations threaten the availability of many fresh ingredients consumers rely on for their dinner tables.

Asian Honey, Banned in Europe, Is Flooding U.S. Grocery Shelves

Here is the article I referred to during the radio show, on asian honey that is banned in Europe but flooding the US market:

Asian Honey, Banned in Europe, Is Flooding U.S. Grocery Shelves

FDA has the laws needed to keep adulterated honey off store shelves but does little, honey industry says.


A third or more of all the honey consumed in the U.S. is likely to have been smuggled in from China and may be tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals.  A Food Safety News investigation has documented that millions of pounds of honey banned as unsafe in dozens of countries are being imported and sold here in record quantities.And the flow of Chinese honey continues despite assurances from the Food and Drug Administration and other federal officials that the hundreds of millions of pounds reaching store shelves were authentic and safe following the widespread arrests and convictions of major smugglers over the last two years. Click here to read the full articleThumbnail image for honeycomb406.jpg

Radio show June 5, 2013

Today’s radio show is archived:

Beeguardian Show June 5, 13

We had a guest on the show reporting on his swarm catching experience. How do swarms decide on their new home? “The Buzz about bees” by Jürgen Tauz is our reference to a lot of honey bee facts. Harvesting honey? Now is the time for beeguardians. Eat local honey, because the imported stuff is often not what it said.

May radio show is archived

Here is the link to the May radio show.  You will also find it in the archives.

I had brought samples of the different combs to the show and half way through I took a bite out of a nectar comb- it was a little juicier and drippier than I expected.  No, I didn’t get it on the controls!

Have fun listening.

Bee Guardians Radio Show #16 May 1, 2013.  Again we looked at the news from hive. What to do when a hive dies. Harvest of honey, propolis, pollen, nectar, wax. Having disassembled a hive, we looked at the comb and what purpose it serves in the hive.

radio show live in a few minutes.

I am just sitting at the radio station waiting for our show to come on, listening to bee music.

We are planning to talk about the news from the hives and what to do when a colony died.  Harvesting honey, propolis, nectar, pollen, wax.  It is quite involved.  We have samples of the different comb and the controls might get a little sticky ….

Svea is still reading up on the different uses of the comb in the hive from “Buzz about Bees” by Jürgen Tauz.

I think the streaming is still not working right now, so if you don’t catch the show life in this area, you have to wait until I have it archived.

Talk on native pollinators at Merryspring, April 9 at 12:00 noon

Catch the Buzz on Native Bees

Local gardener and photographer Amy Campbell will lead a presentation on native bee species at Merryspring Nature Center on Tuesday, April 9 at 12:00 noon.Campbell’s talk, titled “Native Bees: A Magical Mystery Tour,” will use vibrant and colorful photos to introduce the audience to some of Maine’s important and indigenous bee species. Her presentation will also explain the difference between bees and other similar-looking buzzing insects, dispel rumors, and stress the necessity and benefits of attracting native bees to the backyard landscape.Campbell is a Maine Master Gardener, nature photographer, and honeybee keeper living in Rockport. Recently, she has completed a certificate program in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay.

This talk is part of Merryspring ‘s 2013 Winter Talk Series, co-sponsored by The First and  Allen Insurance and Financial.  

Admission is free for Merryspring members, with a nominal fee of $5 for non-members.