At our April meeting we will be joined by Dr. Esmaeil Amiri. Dr. Amiri is a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Olav Rueppell’s lab at UNC-Greensboro. He will discuss his research emphasis on queen bee health focusing on the transmission of viruses from workers and drones to queens and the resultant effect on the health of the colony including subsequent generations of queens.
Dr. Amiri earned his doctoral degree at Aarhus University in Denmark and has presented his research findings to Danish beekeepers and queen breeders.
Brood missing along foundation wires
On Thursday, March 9th, OCBA will be joined by Dr. Kaira Wagoner, a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Olav Rueppell’s lab at UNC-Greensboro. Kaira will discuss the negative effects of using steel foundation wire. She will also talk about her recent discovery of a chemical associated with hygienic behavior, which is the ability of nurse bees to detect, open, and clean cells containing varroa-infected pupae.
- Honey Bee Swarm – Mecklenburg County
Lewis Cauble, past president of OCBA and now a Bee Inspector for the NC Department of Agriculture’s mountain region, will return to Orange County Beekeepers to help us plan for spring events in the apiary. He will discuss spring build up, swarm mitigation and colony splits. Spring is a time to anticipate swarms and to attempt to adjust hive space and environmental conditions to keep our bees healthy, productive and at home. Lewis will provide guidance to help us accomplish those goals.
We will be joined by Hannah Levenson. Hannah is doing research with Dr. David Tarpy’s apiculture lab at NCSU. Her research focuses on the foraging preferences of native bees. This research is relevant to beekeepers because it helps beekeepers identify important pollen and nectar sources that attract and nourish our honey bees.
The Orange County Beekeepers Association will be having our December social event on Thursday, December 8th, starting at 7:00 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Hillsborough. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring a heavy hors d’oeuvres. Water and wine will be provided by the club. If you prefer some other refreshment please bring it as well.
I think it’ll be a lot of fun for everyone.