The Varroa destructor mite continues to be the biggest driver of colony losses. It’s easy to think that you don’t have varroa, as 70% to 80% of the mites are hidden beneath wax capping in the brood nest. Hidden out of sight, the varroa feed on developing bees when they are most vulnerable. To combat this beekeeper enemy #1, it is important that you understand as much as possible about them.
Dr. Kirstin Traynor (see more about her below), of Flickerwood Apiary in Maryland, is an avid beekeeper, scientist and author. In her presentation, Varroa Biology, Control and Virus Transmission, she will show detailed photos of varroa, highlight how varroa spread viruses, and how your colony can pick up mites from the neighborhood. To help stay on top of varroa, she will describe simple methods of monitoring varroa levels and how to control escalating infestations.
Additionally association members and seasoned beekeepers Dr. Vincent Aloyo and Mark Antunes will demonstrate how they make up nucs and splits.
More about Dr. Kirsten Traynor:
Fascinated with the social complexity of a honey bee hive, Kirsten earned her PhD in biology from Arizona State University. While a grad student, she spent almost a year in Avignon, France in the lab of Dr. Yves Le Conte as a Fulbright Fellow. She then investigated how pesticides impact honey bee health as a post doc at the University of Maryland in the lab of Dr. VanEngelsdorp. From 2015-2017 she edited Bee World, published by the International Bee Research Association. She edited American Bee Journal, a monthly magazine published since 1861 that is devoted to educating beekeepers. She recently has been a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, Germany.
The Montgomery County Beekeepers’ Association of Pennsylvania (MCBAPA), is an organization of hobbyist and professional beekeepers that serves Montgomery, Bucks and surrounding counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The mission of the association is to provide education, support, hands-on training, and fellowship in all aspects of the beekeeping experience. We welcome experienced as well as novice beekeepers to participate in our monthly meetings, social events and field trips.
We offer a variety of beekeeping services.
Are you a beekeeper that may have infected equipment? Or a homeowner with an intimidating swarm of bees in your tree? The MCBAPA and its members offer a variety of services that can help. From education to swarm removal, the MCBAPA works to promote honeybee health in our community.Learn More
Register Your Hives!
Pennsylvania requires that every beekeeper in the Commonwealth be registered. The registration costs $10.00 for a two calendar-year period and covers all apiaries and hives owned by that person. Registration information can be found here on the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers website.