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Beekeeper Management Calendar: August

Recommendations for your apiary in August: This calendar is meant to be a reference point for management and is not comprehensive. The year-round Beekeeping Management Calendar can be found here: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in848    Additional resources: Tools for Varroa Management Varroa Sampling Methods (video)  

Water sources for bees, not mosquitoes

This summer, keep your bees’ water source from becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Best Management Requirements for beekeepers requires that managed honey bee colonies have access to a convenient… Read More

Jeepers creepers what are all these creatures? See our new UF/IFAS Featured Creatures!

It is that time of year when it seems that everywhere you look is an insect you have never seen before. To keep you in the know we have pulled together some of the newest Creatures from the… Read More

What is this bug? It is time to explore tiny but new UF/IFAS Featured Creatures!

Are you seeing fantastic creatures that are the stuff of nightmares (or an entomologists day dreams)? We all have had these moments and can often be surprised by how small some of these so called evil creatures are…. Read More

Zika and Florida Beekeepers

A letter from the Florida Chief of Apiary Inspection, David Westervelt: The Southeastern United States is in a triple threat situation for mosquito proliferation and control. Listed below are conditions making it favorable for the breeding and spread… Read More

Value of Bees to Blueberry Fruit Set

Florida Blueberry Industry Blueberry growers in central and south Florida mostly utilize the highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum). It does not require many chill hours (the necessary number of hours where temperatures fall between 32 and 45 degrees F during… Read More

Why do I always find these silver bugs crawling inside of cardboard boxes?

The silver critters that you find in boxes are called silverfish (Figure 1). They are a primitive type of insect that lack wings and are ametabolous (meaning they do not go through metamorphosis). Silverfish prefer places that have… Read More