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A Honey of a Day--And It Gets Better!

Extension apiculturist Elina Lastro Niño shows a frame to her class at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Saturday, Aug. 19 promises to be a honey of a day--in more ways than one! And it gets better! It's National Honey Bee Day or National Honey Bee Awareness Day, launched in 2009 by newly appointed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsak during his...

It's National Honey Bee Day! (August 19th)

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National Honey Bee Day is celebrated on the third Saturday of every August. This year it falls on Saturday the 19th. If you use integrated pest management, or IPM, you are probably aware that it can solve pest problems and reduce the use of...

Posted on Friday, August 18, 2017 at 10:51 AM
Tags: apiculture (3), colonies (1), damage (6), honey bees (297), Nino (1), Parreira (1), pests (41), UC IPM (100), varroa mite (13)

Keep an Eye out for Powdery Mildew

Powdery mildew on rose. (Jack Kelly Clark)

This time of year, you may notice a white, powdery looking growth on fruit, vegetable plants or ornamental plants in your garden. What is it? It could be powdery mildew. Powdery mildew is caused by several different fungi that may attack plant leaf...

Posted on Friday, August 18, 2017 at 10:25 AM
Tags: disease (15), fruit (3), fungus (3), ornamental (1), plants (7), powdery mildew (2), UC IPM (100), vegetable (1)

Top-Bar Beekeeping Advocate Les Crowder to Speak at WAS Conference at UC Davis

Les Crowder examines a frame from his top-bar hive. A resident of Austin, Texas, he will speak Sept. 7 at the Western Apicultural Society conference at UC Davis.

Are top-bar beekeeping hives for you? What are their advantages and disadvantages as compared to the traditional Langstroth hives? You'll learn all about top-bar hives when Les Crowder of Austin, Texas, discusses "Major Considerations in Top Bar Hive...

Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 3:50 PM

A Fly, Oh, My!

A female Eristalis stipator (as identified by Martin Hauser of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, foraging on tropical milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A fly, oh, my! On the approval scale, they don't rank nearly as high as honey bees, but some are often mistaken for them. Take the Eristalis stipator, which belongs to the family Syrphidae, the hover flies. It's about the same size as a honey bee and...

Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 5:12 PM

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