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Meet your “Two Bees in a Podcast” hosts, hear more about their positions and experiences, learn what to expect from this podcast, and how you can be more involved!

Two Bees in a Podcast UF/IFAS Honey Bee Lab

    • Science
    • 4.9, 47 Ratings

Meet your “Two Bees in a Podcast” hosts, hear more about their positions and experiences, learn what to expect from this podcast, and how you can be more involved!

    Best Management Practices and Factors That Determine a Worker vs a Queen

    Best Management Practices and Factors That Determine a Worker vs a Queen

    In this episode we discuss the five best and worst commercial beekeeping management practices with Dan Aruell and Matt Hoepfinger from the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP). Then we hear from Dr. Julia Bowsher, to learn about her research on the factors that determine whether a female larvae will become a worker or queen bee. Q&A includes: I have a hive with screen bottom boards. I coat the removable, plastic bottom boards with canola oil or vegetable oil to collect ‘all the good stuff’ that falls to the bottom: varroa, small hive beetle, etc. I’ve heard of others who use diatomaceous earth or small hive beetle traps instead. What are the pros and cons of diatomaceous earth versus oil? How does someone recognize the forage sources around them and are there resources for determining what kind of forage is around you? Are there quantitative measures?

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Blue Calamintha and ‘Found in Translation’

    Blue Calamintha and ‘Found in Translation’

    In this episode we discuss the re-discovery of the blue calamintha bee with Dr. Chase Kimmel. Then we hear from Dr. Jay Evans, to learn about his book, ‘Found in Translation’. Q&A includes: how do you deal with bull ants?I just installed a package of bees into a new hive, the queen is in her cage with a sugar cork. The bees are on outside clustering on the nest entrance and cluster is getting bigger, what should I do? What qualifies someone as a beginner, intermediate, or advanced beekeeper?

    • 1 hr 7 min
    USDA Research Labs and State Beekeeping Associations

    USDA Research Labs and State Beekeeping Associations

    In this episode we hear from Dr. Jay Evans, and learn about the role of USDA Bee Research Laboratories and what they do for beekeepers. This is followed by a discussion with Jennifer Holmes, the Florida State Beekeepers Association president, on state beekeeper associations. Q&A includes: after I work my bees, I smell like smoke the rest of the day, is there a trick to removing smoke? When you first receive a package, I’ve been told that I should seal the entrance for the first day or two, is this true? Several time within a few weeks I’ve seen small swarms head out over water and then return. When we captured the swarm, there was no queen, but the bees began to return to their hive. Have you seen this behavior before?

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Role of Florida Farm Bureau Federation and Mosquito Control

    The Role of Florida Farm Bureau Federation and Mosquito Control

    In this episode we discuss the role of Florida Farm Bureau Federation and their relationship with apiculture. In the second segment of this podcast episode, we speak with Caitlin Gill from the Florida Department of Agriculture, about mosquito control for beekeepers. Q&A includes: what are things that beekeepers can do to prevent mosquitos? What ratio do you recommend for sugar water, and why? I have a split that didn’t re-queen, I added a new frame of eggs, there is an empty queen cell, but there is no sign of her. It is poorly populated, is it a loss?

    • 59 min
    Social Immunity and Swarms

    Social Immunity and Swarms

    In this episode we are joined by Distinguished McKnight Professor, Dr. Marla Spivak, to learn about social immunity. Amy and Jamie have a discussion on swarms, and we wrap up with Q&A. Q&A includes: How soon should I put a honey super on a newly split ten frame hive? Can you tell us about treating for mites prophylactically? Are supers safe to reuse if they had European foulbrood in the past?

    • 57 min
    Honey Bee Friendly Landscaping and Equipment Tips and Tricks

    Honey Bee Friendly Landscaping and Equipment Tips and Tricks

    In this episode we are joined by UF/IFAS Extension Lake County Agent, Brooke Moffis, to learn about landscaping for bees. We wrap up this episode with a discussion on commonly asked question about specific beekeeping equipment such as woodenware and bottom boards. Q&A includes: why did beetles find my hive only hours after placing them? What are small cell foundations? What is the best way to move frames in a hive without crushing the queen?

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Maddengod ,

PERFECT BEEKEEPING PODCAST

This podcast is perfect for beginners or experienced keepers. I love it that the hosts are folks with so much knowledge and explain things in easy language as well as fully. The show flows and the hosts work well with each other. It’s not boring!! If you love bees, this is your place to “bee”!

Stram135 ,

Learning and Laughing Every Episode

This podcast is both entertaining and informative. The chemistry between Jamie, Amy and Cameron is awesome and makes every episode fun to listen to. It’s also great to have people that are so passionate about honeybees and honeybee keeping who are equally passionate about getting important information out to other beekeepers and the public in general. No matter what level of beekeeper you are or even if you’re not a beekeeper, this podcast is just fun to listen to and you may just learn something along the way.

Did it work?? Nope ,

One of my favorites!

I really enjoy listening to this very informative and beneficial podcast that is suitable for all levels of beekeeping! I would love to hear your research on supplemental feeding. When to feed, how much and 1:1, 2:1 mix etc..
Keep up the great work guys!

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