Feeding Honey Bees: What, When, Why?


Author: Heather Broccard-Bell, Ph.D., Honey Bee Health Researcher

Feeding is one of those controversial honey bee topics that might best be avoided in polite company. A lot of different beekeepers have a lot of different (often extremely passionate) opinions. Some of those differences come down to living in different areas of the world. Others are personal preferences and simply what has worked (or at least what hasn’t not worked) in the past.

The goal of this post is not so much to tell you exactly what you should or should not be doing. Rather, it is to give you an appreciation of why you might (or might not) need to feed your honey bees, and to provide you with some general guidelines.

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Oh Honey, Honey: Considerations for New Beekeepers


Author: Heather Broccard-Bell, Ph.D., Honey Bee Health Researcher

Humans have been gathering honey from honey bees in one form or another for millennia. For most of that time, “management” was as simple as harvesting honey from wild bee colonies wherever they could be found. Apiculture has been transformed over the last couple of centuries by advances in technology. The invention of modular hive systems and moveable frames has greatly improved productivity, mobility, and the welfare of the bees themselves. Ultimately, most of this has been done in the service of one goal: to produce honey.

Now that we’re well into fall honey season (at least in Ontario, Canada), it seems like an opportune time to discuss some of the main considerations of modern honey harvesting. I realize that beekeepers around the world deal with many types of hives these days, but I am going to focus on the most common in North America: the 10-frame Langstroth.

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What Makes Formic Acid So Special?


Author: Heather Broccard-Bell, Ph.D., Honey Bee Health Researcher

Not all miticides are created equally—and no two apiaries are the same either. Yet, there are some common factors all beekeepers should carefully consider when deciding which product to use in their operations to control Varroa destructor.

Whether you have a few backyard hives or run a large commercial operation, regularly monitoring for mites (video) and developing an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program will help ensure your colonies get the right treatment, at the right time. We encourage beekeepers everywhere to think critically about their treatment plans ensuring the health of their colonies—and honey bees worldwide.

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What is it like to be a bee? (Part 2)


Author: Heather Broccard-Bell, Ph.D., Honey Bee Health Researcher

It’s safe to say that how honey bees experience the world is quite different from how humans experience the world. While we will always be influenced by our specific sensory systems, we can aim to better understand the honey bee by studying their senses. Knowing more about what the world is like for honey bees can help us to decipher their remarkable behaviour.

In our last blog, we took an in-depth look at how the honey bee uses its unique visual capabilities for navigation, foraging, and more. Like us, bees rely heavily on their vision, but what about the other senses? We’ll now explore beyond sight to further grasp what the world is like from the honey bee’s perspective.

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What is it like to be a bee? (Part 1)


Author: Heather Broccard-Bell, Ph.D., Honey Bee Health Researcher

In 1974, the American philosopher Thomas Nagel published an essay called, “What is it Like to Be a Bat?” [1]. In it, he argued that we can never really know because everything about how we perceive the world is coloured by the specific way in which our sensory systems operate. Even if we try to imagine what it might be like to be a bat, we unconsciously and unavoidably do so from our own biased perspective as a human, with human-type senses. For example, many of us think in words and/or pictures, neither of which a bat can do, even if it wanted to. Nagel argued that one can only truly understand what it is like to be a bat if one is actually a bat—and the same goes for knowing what it’s like to be a honey bee, or any other kind of non-human creature. In effect, Nagel’s essay really just expanded on the old saying, “you never truly know what it’s like for someone until you walk a mile in their shoes.”

Why would we want to know what it’s like to be another creature anyway? We encounter bee behaviours all the time that seem mysterious. Knowing why bees do the things that they do would certainly be helpful, and this starts with understanding what the world is like from their perspective.

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Why Are Honey Bees Such Great Pollinators?


Author: Heather Broccard-Bell, Ph.D., Honey Bee Health Researcher

The Western Honey Bee is a Pollinator Pro

Happy Pollinator Week! As I am sure you are well aware, there are a whole lot of different kinds of pollinators out there: from the familiar bees to other insects, like flies and beetles, to birds, and even bats! Each is important, and each has a role to play. Within this diverse group of animals, however, the Western Honey Bee, Apis mellifera, stands out – especially when it comes to the pollination of food crops, like fruit and nut trees[1]. Interestingly, the Western Honey Bee (hereafter referred to as the honey bee, even though there are actually several other species of honey bee*) is somewhat of a “perfect storm” of factors that, combined, make it a powerhouse pollinator.

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FIRST SHIPMENT OF MAQS+ HAS ARRIVED IN NEW ZEALAND


MAQS+ has arrived in New Zealand!

MAQS+ are the newest Formic Acid polysaccharide gel strip for the treatment and control of Varroosis caused by the Varroa Destructor in Honey bees (Apis Mellifera).  MAQS+ has a 24-month extended shelf life.
Protect your bees from Varroa Destructor with the newest highly effective organic treatment. Learn more nodglobal.com

To purchase, visit our exclusive New Zealand distributor Ecrotek.

New Zealand Registration MAQS+


All Natural Extended Shelf Life Product

Frankford, Ontario – NOD Apiary Products is pleased to announce the New Zealand registration of its newest all natural varroacide, MAQS+™. The new product features a 24-month shelf life that distributors and beekeepers in the New Zealand marketplace have been seeking.

“Since its first introduction to the global industry in 2011, millions of honey bee colonies worldwide have been effectively protected from mites by Mite Away Quick Strips™ (MAQS™); yet our distributors were seeking an additional product with more lenient storage conditions while continuing to provide to their customers all of the easy to use characteristics of MAQS™.

After years of testing and trialing NOD is responding by introducing our extended shelf life product, MAQS+™, allowing our beekeepers to continue to control Varroa mites naturally while providing better inventory capability for our distributors.” said Kathleen Ireland, Global Marketing Manager, NOD Apiary Products Ltd. “The entire company strives to deliver the most effective, sustainable varroacide to beekeepers. Our heartfelt thanks goes to those volunteer beekeepers that tested beta versions in the final stages of product development.”

Performance

The registration for MAQS+ is a full-dose (2 strips) 7-day treatment. MAQS+ has an average of 83-97% efficacy and causes mortality to a significant number of mites under the brood cap as well as adult mites on the bees. MAQS+ does not require temperature controlled storage.

MAQS+ is an all-natural product that is fully bio-degradable and can be used during the honey flow without leaving residues in the honey or wax. In New Zealand, there is a 14-day withdrawal post treatment. MAQS+ is organically certified through BioGro NZ.

To learn more about MAQS+ visit the New Zealand (Aotearoa) website https://nodglobal.com/maqsplus

Pricing and Availability

MAQS+™ will be available through Ecrotek Beekeeping Supplies. www.ecrotek.co.nz 0800-11-77-66. The first shipment is set to leave Canada by the end of September.

Looking Forward

On the horizon is another invasive mite of the honey bee: Tropilaelaps.  NOD has been working with researchers in Thailand, testing MAQS+™ against these mites.  Our product proved to be the most effective. Incursions of this mite are being monitored in New Zealand.  Should it appear, with an amendment to the label the beekeepers will have a readily available tool to control it.

About NOD Apiary Products ltd.

NOD Apiary Products Ltd. is a Canadian company formed in 1997 by beekeepers. Honeybee and animal health is our focus. The founders at NOD saw formic acid as the active ingredient most likely to be developed into a practical, sustainable miticide for the beekeeping industry. Properly formulated, it could control varroa and tracheal mites, protect the image of honey as a wholesome food, and leave no residues in the hive components.

Our global reach at NOD Apiary Products Ltd. continues with operating subsidiaries in the United States, NOD Apiary Products USA Inc. and in Europe, NOD Europe Ltd., to be able to serve the beekeepers in that region.

NOD Apiary Products was awarded the Ontario Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence, 2006, Innovation Project of the Year, 2008 and Agri Business of the Year, 2011. Our passion is honey bee health and young livestock wellness, and as such, we are dedicated to environmental stewardship.

Media Contact

NOD Apiary Products Ltd.
Kathleen Ireland

Global Marketing Manager | 613-398-8422 etc. 205 |  kathleeni@nodglobal.com

Introducing Formic Pro to the USA


All Natural Extended Shelf Life Product

Frankford, Ontario – NOD Apiary Products is pleased to announce the USA registration of its newest all natural varroacide, Formic Pro™. The new product features a 24-month shelf life that distributors in the USA marketplace have been seeking.

“Since being introduced to the US market in 2011, millions of honey bee colonies worldwide have been effectively protected from mites by Mite Away Quick Strips™ (MAQS™); yet our distributors were seeking an additional product with more lenient storage conditions while continuing to provide to their customers all of the easy to use characteristics of MAQS™.

After years of testing and trialing NOD responded by introducing our extended shelf life product, Formic Pro™, allowing our beekeepers to continue to control Varroa mites naturally while providing better inventory capability for our distributors.” said Kathleen Ireland, Global Marketing Manager, NOD Apiary Products Ltd. “The entire company strives to deliver the most effective, sustainable varroacide to beekeepers. Our heartfelt thanks goes to those volunteer beekeepers that tested beta versions in the final stages of product development.”

Performance

There are two treatment options when local thresholds are met: Option One: 2 strips for 14 days. Option Two: 1st strip for 10 days remove and replace with 2nd strip for an additional 10 days. Formic Pro has an average of 83-97% efficacy and causes mortality to a significant number of mites under the brood cap as well as adult mites on the bees. Formic Pro doesn’t require temperature controlled storage.

Formic Pro is an all-natural product that is fully bio-degradable and can be used during the honey flow without leaving residues in the honey or wax.

To learn more about Formic Pro visit the USA website https://nodglobal.com/formic-pro/

Pricing and Availability

Formic Pro™ is available through our beekeeping supply stores in the USA. View a list of all our Bee Suppliers on our website https://nodglobal.com/distributors/

The EPA granted the federal level registration earlier in the year, now the required State by State applications are being granted.  To view the status of your State visit our website https://nodglobal.com/purchase/

Looking Forward

On the horizon is another invasive mite of the honey bee: Tropilaelaps.  NOD has been working with researchers in Thailand, testing Formic Pro™ against these mites.  Our product proved to be the most effective.  The USDA is monitoring for incursions of this mite in the US.  Should it appear, with an amendment to the label the beekeepers will have a readily available tool to control it.

About NOD Apiary Products ltd.

NOD Apiary Products Ltd. is a Canadian company formed in 1997 by beekeepers. Honeybee and animal health is our focus. The founders at NOD saw formic acid as the active ingredient most likely to be developed into a practical, sustainable miticide for the beekeeping industry. Properly formulated, it could control varroa and tracheal mites, protect the image of honey as a wholesome food, and leave no residues in the hive components.

Our global reach at NOD Apiary Products Ltd. continues with operating subsidiaries in the United States, NOD Apiary Products USA Inc. and in Europe, NOD Europe Ltd., to be able to serve the beekeepers in that region.

NOD Apiary Products was awarded the Ontario Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence, 2006, Innovation Project of the Year, 2008 and Agri Business of the Year, 2011. Our passion is honey bee health and young livestock wellness, and as such, we are dedicated to environmental stewardship.

Media Contact

NOD Apiary Products Ltd.
Kathleen Ireland

Global Marketing Manager | 613-398-8422 etc. 205 |  kathleeni@nodglobal.com

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