UH Honeybee Project- Varroa Treatments
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Posted on November 3, 2011 in Beekeeping | Short Link


Modern Beekeeping Challenges in Hawai‘i

Posted on November 2, 2011 in Beekeeping | Short Link

In its pure form, beekeeping is a joyful activity that can be peaceful and rewarding for beekeepers. Unfortunately, it is not quite as simple as it used to be because of the confluence of diseases now threatening bee populations worldwide. Hawaii‘’s geographic remoteness kept it isolated from the spread of new diseases for a long [...]

The Varroa Mite: A Threat to Beekeepers, Farmers, and Eaters
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Posted on November 2, 2011 in Beekeeping | Short Link

Varroa was first identified in 1904 in Java. Since then, it has spread around the world. It first arrived in the U.S. in Maryland in 1979, and reached ‘Oahu in 2007 and Hawai‘i Island in 2008. While mainland beekeepers have learned how to cope with Varroa over the last three decades, Hawai‘i’s beekeepers have only [...]

Volcano Island Honey Co. vs. Varroa
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Posted on November 2, 2011 in Beekeeping | Short Link

At VIHC, we have tried various different treatments to combat Varroa. The methods we’ve tried include ‘drone removal’, a biomechanical approach to remove drone brood — Varroa’s favorite food — and thereby kill mites feeding on the brood. We have also tried applying formic acid, sugar spray and sugar powder, and alcohol. By far the [...]

How are the Bees? An Update on Colony Collapse and Bee Health.

Posted on December 6, 2010 in Beekeeping | Short Link

Last week at Volcano Island Honey Co., Dr. Steven Martin of the University of Sheffield (UK) visited our farm for the second time to collect samples for his research on insect viruses. We took advantage of Dr. Martin’s visit to learn more about the latest in bee health worldwide – a subject that affects us [...]

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Richard Spiegel visits with Ross Conrad- A Kindred Bee Soul
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Posted on July 14, 2010 in Beekeeping | Short Link

Richard Spiegel, Owner of Volcano Island Honey Co, just got back from a trip to the East Coast to visit family, friends, and bees. He went to Vermont and stopped in for a visit with Ross Conrad, Owner of Dancing Bee Gardens and author of Natural Beekeeping, which has been a source of inspiration for [...]

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The Beauty of the Bee Swarm

Posted on April 8, 2010 in Beekeeping | Short Link

A few years ago there was a bee swarm in my neighborhood. For a few days it was the talk of the town. Did you see that bee swarm? Are they angry? Are they looking for a person or animal to attack? Are they lost? Looking for their hive? It was both beautiful and frightening [...]

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Beginning Organic Beekeeping with Richard

Posted on November 17, 2009 in Beekeeping | Short Link

This fall Richard launched a four week class called Beginning Organic Beekeeping. With thirty years experience in organic beekeeping and producing artisan honey- the demand to learn from Richard is high! Twelve lucky people are in the class now and there is already a list for the next class. With bees under attack by the [...]

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Organic Honey Starts with Organic Foundation

Posted on October 6, 2009 in Beekeeping | Short Link

Unless you are a beekeeper you are probably asking yourself right now, “What is Wax Foundation?” and “Why Do I Care?” Wax foundation is a thin sheet of beeswax that is embossed with the hexagonal shape that the bees naturally form for their honeycomb. The wax foundation is placed in a rectangular wooden frame with [...]

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The Bees and the Trees (and the tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, mac nuts…)

Posted on September 30, 2009 in Beekeeping | Short Link

The Aptly Named Varroa Destructor Do you know that 1/3 of all the food you eat is pollinated by bees? The decimation of bee colonies is a threat to food production in Hawaii. In Hawaii we do not have the disappearance of bees (Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD), but we now have the devastating and [...]

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