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APISTAN and AMITRAZ are two different chemicals that have pesticide activity useful to kill varroa mites. Both use the same delivery system (impregnated plastic strips). Of the two, APISTAN exhibits widespread mite resistance.


Only APISTAN has widespread resistance.

"Top Supering" means adding new supers of foundation frames directly on top of a queen excluder, beneath any supers previously added.

False. This is BOTTOM supering.

Annually, about 100 persons die in the U.S. from bee, wasp, and ant stings, about same number of fatalities as from dog bites.

False. There are about 40 bee, wasp, and ant sting deaths annually.

Drone burr comb larvae is likely to be infested with varroa mites so it should be removed, to help reduce mite population growth.

Fully ripened honey has glucose and fructose but totally lacks sucrose, the major sugar of cane/beet sugar.

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Honey DOES have a small amount sucrose sugar.

The federal bee law of 1922 requires bees be kept in hives with removal frames.

Referred to as the Honeybee Act of 1922, this law prohibits the entry of honey bees from countries where diseases and parasites are known to exist that endanger the health of honey bees. Additional amendments and regulations, promulgated by the Department of Agriculture, extended the Act to prohibit the importation of all life stages of the genus Apis, expanded the prohibition to prevent the entry of diseases and pests that endanger the health of honey bees and undesirable germplasm.

The chemicals in the NASANOV GLAND secretion are an important component of royal jelly


The Nassanov gland's secretion is NOT mixed with royal jelly. The gland appears only in worker bees (not queens or drones) and produces a pheromone used for communication: workers forming swarm cluster, young workers returning from orientation flight, foragers at a food source, returning foragers when they have problem with finding the nest entrance, disorientated workers outside the nest, workers waiting at the nest entrance for queen returning from mating flight, worker at the nest entrance of queenless colonies, near larvae chosen for emergency queen rearing, workers in some unnatural circumstances. NOTICE IN THE GRAPHIC THE BEE'S POSTURE TO EXPOSE THE GLAND. http://honeybee.drawwing.org/book/nasonov-gland

The FLOW hive innovation is a newly designed honey super with plastic frames that are mechanically opened to discharge ripened honey onto a collecting tray that leads to a tube extending outside the super to drain into honey jars. The colony must still be managed conventionally to obtain capped honey for harvest

Workers, but not drones or queens, have specialized body hairs, located on the front pair of legs of the adult, termed an ANTENNA CLEANER.


All three have an antennal cleaner.

Standard recommendation for producing extracted honey is to oversuper with drawn comb to challenge bees at start/early in the nectar flow, except when producing section/cut-comb honey or in apiaries with heavy small hive beetle pressure.

The Dyce method to produce creamed honey consists of mixing a 10% starter of creamed honey and then storing the mixture in a refrigerator at 35- 48 F for a week to solidify

(c) Phil Frank

After mixing, store at 57-F degrees for a week (NOT 35-48 Degrees)

Both swarming and supersedure queen cells are started by the queen laying an egg in a queen cup; this is not the case when bees raise an emergency queen cell.

(c) Phil Frank

If you lack a refractometer you can roughly compare the moisture content of 2 bottles of honey by turning them upside down at room temperature.

VEE GEE Scientific, Inc., Kirkland, WA

Yellow jackets are (sometimes) pests of honey bees; yellow jackets can be distinguished from bees as they have few body hairs and no apparatus for carrying pollen.