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The podcast for the latest beekeeping news, information and entertainment for today's beekeeper. Hosts Jeff Ott and Kim Flottum bring you interviews and commentary helping you become a more informed and knowledgeable beekeeper.

Beekeeping Today Podcast Growing Planet Media

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The podcast for the latest beekeeping news, information and entertainment for today's beekeeper. Hosts Jeff Ott and Kim Flottum bring you interviews and commentary helping you become a more informed and knowledgeable beekeeper.

    The Spotted Lantern Fly and Bad Honey with Dr. Robyn Underwood

    The Spotted Lantern Fly and Bad Honey with Dr. Robyn Underwood

    In today’s episode, we talk with Dr. Robyn Underwood of Penn State’s Lopez-Uribe Lab. We’ve invited Robyn as she has researched and written about the Spotted Lantern Fly and how its presence can impact honey production.
    Have you ever tasted your honey and thought was a bit off, or perhaps… way off?  Maybe even awful?  If you are along the East Coast of the United States and now even parts of the Midwest… check to see if you have the Spotted Lantern Fly in your State and locale.
    If you do live in an area with the SLF‚Ķ then what you may be tasting‚Ķ what your bees may be collecting, is the ‚Äėhoney‚Äô created from the sweet ‚Äėhoneydew‚Äô excrement from the this imported leafhopper from China.
    (Yes, the bees can collect enough of the honeydew to produce frames of SLF ‚Äėhoney‚Äô‚Ķ)
    It is a fascinating discussion of yet another invasive species you need to be aware of. Even if you do not live in one of the 13 states currently dealing with this leafhopper, you should know about it. The SLF is spreading fast, preferring the sweet sap of over 70 different plant species, especially grape plants, maple, and the Tree of Heaven.
    To add insult to injury, the excremented honeydew, attracts not only honey bees, but other insects including wasps, plus, it builds up and promotes the growth of a dark sooty mold can will cover everything.
    Listen today and be on the watch for the Spotted Lantern Fly!
    We hope you enjoy the episode. Leave comments and questions in the Comments Section of the episode's website.
    Links and websites mentioned in this podcast: 
    Penn State Extension Website about the Spotted Lantern Fly: https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly  Robyn's Research on the Spotted Lantern Fly and Honey Bees: https://academic.oup.com/jee/article-abstract/112/6/2993/5523056?redirectedFrom=fulltext Beekeeping Today Podcast on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@beekeepingtodaypodcast Kim's Climate Change Blog: https://www.growingplanetmedia.com/blog Honey Bee Obscura: https://www.honeybeeobscura.com
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    This episode is brought to you by Global Patties! Global offers a variety of standard and custom patties. Visit them today at http://globalpatties.com and let them know you appreciate them sponsoring this episode! 
    We welcome Betterbee as sponsor of today's episode. Betterbee’s mission is to support every beekeeper with excellent customer service, continued education and quality equipment. From their colorful and informative catalog to their support of beekeeper educational activities, including this podcast series, Betterbee truly is Beekeepers Serving Beekeepers. See for yourself at www.betterbee.com
    Thanks to Strong Microbials for their support of Beekeeping Today Podcast. Find out more about heir line of probiotics in our Season 3, Episode 12 episode and from their website: https://www.strongmicrobials.com
    We welcome Blue Sky Bee Supply as a sponsor of the podcast! Check out blueskybeesupply.com for the best selection of honey containers, caps, lids, and customized honey labels. Enter coupon code PODCAST and receive 10% off an order of honey containers, caps, lids, or customized honey labels. Offer ends December 31, 2023. Some exclusions apply.
    Thanks for Northern Bee Books for their support. Northern Bee Books is the publisher of bee books available worldwide from their website or from Amazon and bookstores everywhere. They are also the publishers of The Beekeepers Quarterly and Natural Bee Husbandry.
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    We hope you enjoy this podcast and welcome your questions and comments in the show notes of this episode or: questions@beekeepingtodaypodcast.com
    Thank you for listening! 
    Podcast music: Be Strong by Young Presidents; Epilogue by Musicalman; Walking in Paris by Studio Le Bus; A Fresh New Start by Pete Morse; Wedding Day by Boomer; Original guitar background instrumental by Jeff Ott
    Beekeeping Today Podcast is an audio production of Growing Planet Media, L

    • 41 min
    Amy Vu - University of Florida Extension

    Amy Vu - University of Florida Extension

    Amy Vu is the State Extension Entomologist for the State of Florida. She works out of the University Of Florida’s Honey Bee Research Lab, headed by Dr. Jamie Ellis. As part of the Research Lab she is involved in the many project ongoing there, including The Bee College, The Master Beekeeper programs and Bee Learning courses.
    She also works closely with the migratory beekeepers who spend winters in Florida, bringing with them about a million colonies each fall. This, certainly is one of the reasons Florida is always in the top ten honey producing states in the US.
    Another part of her activities is working with Dr. Ellis on the Podcast they produce, Two Bees And A Pod.
    Another activity is working with the honey sources Florida provides, some of which, unfortunately, are not indigenous, but invasive. Chinese Tallow trees are a good example, and her work with this problem, develping programs that manage the problem plants while, keeping it in check so it doesn’t run amuck and still is useful to beekeepers.
    We hope you enjoy the episode. Leave comments and questions in the Comments Section of the episode's website.
    Links and websites mentioned in this podcast: 
    University of Florida Extension: https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/honey-bee/extension/ Two Bees in a Podcast: https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/honey-bee/podcast/ University of Florida Beekeeping Resources: https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/honey-bee/beekeeper-resources/ Beekeeping Today Podcast on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@beekeepingtodaypodcast Kim's Climate Change Blog: https://www.growingplanetmedia.com/blog Honey Bee Obscura: https://www.honeybeeobscura.com
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    This episode is brought to you by Global Patties! Global offers a variety of standard and custom patties. Visit them today at http://globalpatties.com and let them know you appreciate them sponsoring this episode! 
    We welcome Betterbee as sponsor of today's episode. Betterbee’s mission is to support every beekeeper with excellent customer service, continued education and quality equipment. From their colorful and informative catalog to their support of beekeeper educational activities, including this podcast series, Betterbee truly is Beekeepers Serving Beekeepers. See for yourself at www.betterbee.com
    Thanks to Strong Microbials for their support of Beekeeping Today Podcast. Find out more about heir line of probiotics in our Season 3, Episode 12 episode and from their website: https://www.strongmicrobials.com
    We welcome Blue Sky Bee Supply as a sponsor of the podcast! Check out blueskybeesupply.com for the best selection of honey containers, caps, lids, and customized honey labels. Enter coupon code PODCAST and receive 10% off an order of honey containers, caps, lids, or customized honey labels. Offer ends December 31, 2023. Some exclusions apply.
    Thanks for Northern Bee Books for their support. Northern Bee Books is the publisher of bee books available worldwide from their website or from Amazon and bookstores everywhere. They are also the publishers of The Beekeepers Quarterly and Natural Bee Husbandry.
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    We hope you enjoy this podcast and welcome your questions and comments in the show notes of this episode or: questions@beekeepingtodaypodcast.com
    Thank you for listening! 
    Podcast music: Be Strong by Young Presidents; Epilogue by Musicalman; Walking in Paris by Studio Le Bus; A Fresh New Start by Pete Morse; Wedding Day by Boomer; Original guitar background instrumental by Jeff Ott
    Beekeeping Today Podcast is an audio production of Growing Planet Media, LLC
    Copyright © 2023 by Growing Planet Media, LLC

    • 42 min
    Varroa Control with Bill Hesbach

    Varroa Control with Bill Hesbach

    On today's show, we invite Connecticut Master Beekeeper, Bill Hesbach back to the show to talk about the latest developments in practical varroa management. Whether you are a long time beekeeper, aka BVD beekeeper (Before Varroa Destructor) or a new beekeeper, varroa complicate the way you learn about and manage your honey bee colony.
    We talk with Bill about varroa and the various management approaches available to beekeepers today. We discuss on-lable and off-lable use of chemicals (organic and non-organic) as well as IPM practices.
    We hope you enjoy the episode. Leave comments and questions in the Comments Section of the episode's website.
    Links and websites mentioned in this podcast: 
    Bill's website: https://www.wingdancehoney.com/  Bill's Book on Splits and Varroa Management: https://www.northernbeebooks.co.uk/products/hesbach-splits-and-varroa/ Beekeeping Today Podcast on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@beekeepingtodaypodcast Kim's Climate Change Blog: https://www.growingplanetmedia.com/blog Honey Bee Obscura: https://www.honeybeeobscura.com
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    This episode is brought to you by Global Patties! Global offers a variety of standard and custom patties. Visit them today at http://globalpatties.com and let them know you appreciate them sponsoring this episode! 
    We welcome Betterbee as sponsor of today's episode. Betterbee’s mission is to support every beekeeper with excellent customer service, continued education and quality equipment. From their colorful and informative catalog to their support of beekeeper educational activities, including this podcast series, Betterbee truly is Beekeepers Serving Beekeepers. See for yourself at www.betterbee.com
    Thanks to Strong Microbials for their support of Beekeeping Today Podcast. Find out more about heir line of probiotics in our Season 3, Episode 12 episode and from their website: https://www.strongmicrobials.com
    We welcome Blue Sky Bee Supply as a sponsor of the podcast! Check out blueskybeesupply.com for the best selection of honey containers, caps, lids, and customized honey labels. Enter coupon code PODCAST and receive 10% off an order of honey containers, caps, lids, or customized honey labels. Offer ends December 31, 2023. Some exclusions apply.
    Thanks for Northern Bee Books for their support. Northern Bee Books is the publisher of bee books available worldwide from their website or from Amazon and bookstores everywhere. They are also the publishers of The Beekeepers Quarterly and Natural Bee Husbandry.
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    We hope you enjoy this podcast and welcome your questions and comments in the show notes of this episode or: questions@beekeepingtodaypodcast.com
    Thank you for listening! 
    Podcast music: Be Strong by Young Presidents; Epilogue by Musicalman; Walking in Paris by Studio Le Bus; A Fresh New Start by Pete Morse; Wedding Day by Boomer; Original guitar background instrumental by Jeff Ott
    Beekeeping Today Podcast is an audio production of Growing Planet Media, LLC
    Copyright © 2023 by Growing Planet Media, LLC

    • 43 min
    What A Bee Knows with Stephen Buchmann

    What A Bee Knows with Stephen Buchmann

    Anyone who's watch the front entrance of a hive or watched honey bee gathering nectar and pollen from flowers on a tree or a field of flowers has wondered about the life of a bee. That ultimately leads to the wonderment of just what does a bee perceive of its environment and how does a bee use that information. In today's episode, we talk with Dr. Stephen Buchmann, who has studied and research bees and written a book, "What A Bee Knows: Exploring the Thoughts, Memories and personalities of Bees".
    Honey bees are so small. They are insects. Do they even really have a brain - as we know it? If so, what kind of brain do they have and how does it work?! Can they learn? Can they actually use this information? Are they smart? Do they have dreams and make plans?
    Probably something everyone what that hive entrance or standing over an open hive, looking down at the rows of bees looking back at them, have wondered is: Are they aware of themselves? Are they conscious?
    We talk with Stephen about his research, the research of others and how his book brings it all together. This is an enlightening discussion and one we know will leave you with a new persective about the honey bee.
    We hope you enjoy the episode. Leave comments and questions in the Comments Section of the episode's website.
    Links and websites mentioned in this podcast: 
    Dr. Stephen Buchmann's website: https://www.stephenbuchmann.com Stephen's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@stephenbuchmann Beekeeping Today Podcast on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@beekeepingtodaypodcast Kim's Climate Change Blog: https://www.growingplanetmedia.com/blog Honey Bee Obscura: https://www.honeybeeobscura.com
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    This episode is brought to you by Global Patties! Global offers a variety of standard and custom patties. Visit them today at http://globalpatties.com and let them know you appreciate them sponsoring this episode! 
    We welcome Betterbee as sponsor of today's episode. Betterbee’s mission is to support every beekeeper with excellent customer service, continued education and quality equipment. From their colorful and informative catalog to their support of beekeeper educational activities, including this podcast series, Betterbee truly is Beekeepers Serving Beekeepers. See for yourself at www.betterbee.com
    Thanks to Strong Microbials for their support of Beekeeping Today Podcast. Find out more about heir line of probiotics in our Season 3, Episode 12 episode and from their website: https://www.strongmicrobials.com
    We welcome Blue Sky Bee Supply as a sponsor of the podcast! Check out blueskybeesupply.com for the best selection of honey containers, caps, lids, and customized honey labels. Enter coupon code PODCAST and receive 10% off an order of honey containers, caps, lids, or customized honey labels. Offer ends December 31, 2023. Some exclusions apply.
    Thanks for Northern Bee Books for their support. Northern Bee Books is the publisher of bee books available worldwide from their website or from Amazon and bookstores everywhere. They are also the publishers of The Beekeepers Quarterly and Natural Bee Husbandry.
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    We hope you enjoy this podcast and welcome your questions and comments in the show notes of this episode or: questions@beekeepingtodaypodcast.com
    Thank you for listening! 
    Podcast music: Be Strong by Young Presidents; Epilogue by Musicalman; Walking in Paris by Studio Le Bus; A Fresh New Start by Pete Morse; Wedding Day by Boomer; Original guitar background instrumental by Jeff Ott
    Beekeeping Today Podcast is an audio production of Growing Planet Media, LLC
    Copyright © 2023 by Growing Planet Media, LLC

    • 48 min
    Beekeeper Confidential with Mandy Shaw

    Beekeeper Confidential with Mandy Shaw

    On today’s episode, Jeff and Kim talk with Mandy Shaw of the Beekeeper Confidential podcast. Mandy is a Portland, OR, beekeeper, active with the Portland Urban Beekeepers Association as President and other roles. We talk with her today about her background and love for honey bees, her podcast Beekeeper Confidential, why she started it, and what she has learned.
    Finally, we talk with Mandy about her beekeeper clothing line and what exactly sets it apart from other clothing available to beekeepers.
    Also in this episode, Ed Colby returns with another story from his book, ‚ÄúA Beekeeper‚Äôs Life: Tales from the Bottom Board‚ÄĚ. The book is a collection of 60 of his best columns from Bee Culture. In this episode, Ed decides to take public transit to and from his home in Glennwood Springs, Colorado, to Boulder. It's an adventure you will want to hear him tell.
    You can order signed copies of Ed’s book for $25.00. Contact him directly at coloradobees1@gmail.com for your copy!
    We hope you enjoy the episode. Leave comments and questions in the Comments Section of the episode's website.
    Links and websites mentioned in this podcast: 
    Beekeeper Confidential: https://www.beekeeperconfidential.com/ Mandy's BellaBeek Clothing Line: https://www.belllabeek.com Beekeeping Today Podcast on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@beekeepingtodaypodcast Kim's Climate Change Blog: https://www.growingplanetmedia.com/blog Honey Bee Obscura: https://www.honeybeeobscura.com
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    This episode is brought to you by Global Patties! Global offers a variety of standard and custom patties. Visit them today at http://globalpatties.com and let them know you appreciate them sponsoring this episode! 
    We welcome Betterbee as sponsor of today's episode. Betterbee’s mission is to support every beekeeper with excellent customer service, continued education and quality equipment. From their colorful and informative catalog to their support of beekeeper educational activities, including this podcast series, Betterbee truly is Beekeepers Serving Beekeepers. See for yourself at www.betterbee.com
    Thanks to Strong Microbials for their support of Beekeeping Today Podcast. Find out more about heir line of probiotics in our Season 3, Episode 12 episode and from their website: https://www.strongmicrobials.com
    We welcome Blue Sky Bee Supply as a sponsor of the podcast! Check out blueskybeesupply.com for the best selection of honey containers, caps, lids, and customized honey labels. Enter coupon code PODCAST and receive 10% off an order of honey containers, caps, lids, or customized honey labels. Offer ends December 31, 2023. Some exclusions apply.
    Thanks for Northern Bee Books for their support. Northern Bee Books is the publisher of bee books available worldwide from their website or from Amazon and bookstores everywhere. They are also the publishers of The Beekeepers Quarterly and Natural Bee Husbandry.

    We welcome Fischer's Bee-Quick as a sponsor of today's show! If you use fume boards during your honey harvest and are tired of the absolutely horrid smell of typical fume board repellent products, you should try Bee-Quick. If you are are using bee escapes because you can't stand the smell of a fume board, but are dealing with clogged escapes, full of dead bees and honey supers still full of bees... you should try Bee-Quick this season. Listen to today's episode for a special 15% discount code for your next purchase on Amazon.
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    We hope you enjoy this podcast and welcome your questions and comments in the show notes of this episode or: questions@beekeepingtodaypodcast.com
    Thank you for listening! 
    Podcast music: Be Strong by Young Presidents; Epilogue by Musicalman; Walking in Paris by Studio Le Bus; A Fresh New Start by Pete Morse; Wedding Day by Boomer; Original guitar background instrumental by Jeff Ott
    Beekeeping Today Podcast is an audio production of Growing Planet Media, LLC
    Copyright © 2023 by Growing Pl

    • 44 min
    Honey Bee Longevity with Dr. Anthony Nearman (S5, E45)

    Honey Bee Longevity with Dr. Anthony Nearman (S5, E45)

    In today's episode, we talk with Dr. Anthony Nearman on his recently published research on honey bee longivity in the lab. In fact, his research indicates that caged bees in the lab are only living half as long as bees from 50 years ago.
    Early in his research, he noted that bees used in research in the 1970's were living much longer than the bees in today's research. Anthony started to look deeper into the research of the standards used in the lab for the feeding and water provisioning of honey bees. There were many accepted practices, but nothing backed by research. 
    Anthony started to look closer at the water provided to bees - tap, distilled, sucrose, etc. and its effect on bee longevity. The results, may be sur
    Along with the research on the water fed to bees, Anthony is investigating whether or not it is possible to determine a bee's age based upon physical characteristics, and how this changes based upon different hive and evironmental changes.
    We hope you enjoy the episode. Leave comments and questions in the Comments Section of the episode's website.
    Links and websites mentioned in this podcast: 
    Bee Longevity Research: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-21401-2  Beekeeping Today Podcast on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@beekeepingtodaypodcast Kim's Climate Change Blog: https://www.growingplanetmedia.com/blog Honey Bee Obscura: https://www.honeybeeobscura.com
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    This episode is brought to you by Global Patties! Global offers a variety of standard and custom patties. Visit them today at http://globalpatties.com and let them know you appreciate them sponsoring this episode! 
    We welcome Betterbee as sponsor of today's episode. Betterbee’s mission is to support every beekeeper with excellent customer service, continued education and quality equipment. From their colorful and informative catalog to their support of beekeeper educational activities, including this podcast series, Betterbee truly is Beekeepers Serving Beekeepers. See for yourself at www.betterbee.com
    Thanks to Strong Microbials for their support of Beekeeping Today Podcast. Find out more about heir line of probiotics in our Season 3, Episode 12 episode and from their website: https://www.strongmicrobials.com
    We welcome Blue Sky Bee Supply as a sponsor of the podcast! Check out blueskybeesupply.com for the best selection of honey containers, caps, lids, and customized honey labels. Enter coupon code PODCAST and receive 10% off an order of honey containers, caps, lids, or customized honey labels. Offer ends December 31, 2023. Some exclusions apply.
    Thanks for Northern Bee Books for their support. Northern Bee Books is the publisher of bee books available worldwide from their website or from Amazon and bookstores everywhere. They are also the publishers of The Beekeepers Quarterly and Natural Bee Husbandry.

    We welcome Fischer's Bee-Quick as a sponsor of today's show! If you use fume boards during your honey harvest and are tired of the absolutely horrid smell of typical fume board repellent products, you should try Bee-Quick. If you are are using bee escapes because you can't stand the smell of a fume board, but are dealing with clogged escapes, full of dead bees and honey supers still full of bees... you should try Bee-Quick this season. Listen to today's episode for a special 15% discount code for your next purchase on Amazon.
    _______________
    We hope you enjoy this podcast and welcome your questions and comments in the show notes of this episode or: questions@beekeepingtodaypodcast.com
    Thank you for listening! 
    Podcast music: Be Strong by Young Presidents; Epilogue by Musicalman; Walking in Paris by Studio Le Bus; A Fresh New Start by Pete Morse; Wedding Day by Boomer; Original guitar background instrumental by Jeff Ott
    Beekeeping Today Podcast is an audio production of Growing Planet Media, LLC
    Copyright © 2023 by Growing Planet Media, LLC

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
247 Ratings

247 Ratings

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Book reviews

I have always greatly enjoyed this podcast, and now it’s even more special with the addition of book reviews. Thank you for all you do and have done for the beekeeping community.

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Too commercial/ Not for backyard beekeepers

If you have a 1000 hives and like the idea of spraying chems. This is the podcast for you. Also hopefully you love never ending commercials. Thanks but no.

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