Academically - (Active) Beekeeping Specialist, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Auburn University and (retired) The Ohio State University
Industry Involvement - The Alabama Beekeepers' Association
Interests - Honey bee biology, behavior, and management
One Tew Bee, LLC
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I don’t sense that they are problem, but there are definitely more yellowjackets attacking my colonies that in past years. They enter the hive freely and once inside, I can’t tell what is ongoing. There are few dead ones out front. When possible, I will photograph the yellowjacket events.
As they did last year, honey bee water foragers are on the job collecting water in very brisk weather. The job is a dangerous one and many foragers do not complete the trip. Once in the water, they chill quickly.
For participants at the 150th Birthday celebration at Hamilton, IL on March 16, 2013, I have posted my pdf notes from my Drone Biology presentation. I greatly enjoyed the event and appreciate the great audience response to all the speakers and events.
It is 34 video clips and a few captured PowerPoint programs supported by review questions. The clips are concise ranging from 3-9 minutes. We hope that this will assist new beekeepers in acquiring experience and skill.
My 2-year old grand daughter was stung by a Yellowjacket. At this moment she is napping, but when she awakes she still will not like any stinging insect. Not much I can say to change her 2-year old mind.