The Nosema Enigma

How can half the bees in my hive already be heavily infected by nosema cerenae, yet the colony is strong, putting stores in the honey supers in April and at risk of a  swarm? Nevertheless, this is how it is.  This is the same colony that presented me with Chilly Bees last year but recovered [...]

Nosema Ceranae

Parasites and their hosts live a delicate dance.  If the parasite kills the host, it may lose its habitat and perish as well, so most parasite-host relationships develop such that the parasite is a nuisance, but not life threatening to the host.  The problem we have with our bees at the moment, is that the most troublesome parasites [...]

Vanishing Bees

The warm stretch of weather last week provided an opportunity to look in on the bees.  Two of my three hives are doing well, with bees filling at least a full brood super and generally a healthy appearance.  The other hive, the one that was strongest last year, is suffering.  It appears to have the now all-too-common symptoms of [...]