Claire Moody

Claire Moody

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If you have been reading The Buzz at all, you know I find honey bees to be amazing. This article is, like Paul Harvey used to say, “the rest of the story”.

Most people know that honey bee colonies are on the decline. Some people like to blame insecticides, herbicides and neonicotinoids (systemic insecticides). But the real nemesis to honey bees is the varroa mite. Prior to their introduction to the U.S. in the late 1980’s beekeeping was easy. Older beekeepers talk fondly of “the good ole days”. You didn’t have to do anything. Just put out bees and harvest honey.

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