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News: Winter 2019 - 2020 and Tracheal Mites in Tennessee

Article Date(s):07/19/2020

Dearth is on and Quite a few people have lost bees for not heading the warnings of this crazy weather we have had starting back in the winter of 2019. We had too many warmer than normal days in the winter of 2019 which allowed the Honey Bees to consume an even greater amount of their winter stores.



 



I tried to warn people to be ready to feed or starve the bees come February and March.



 



Then we had an excessively rainy spring, so I warned many to be aware that this creates prime swarm conditions!



 



With all the rain a lot of people girls did not get enough flight time due to this crazy weather to create enough stores, so they started seeing robbing conditions earlier and quite a few colonies were lost.



 



Now we are in a Dry period where not much is being produced in the way of a Nectar source for the girls.



 



The following is for Region 11



 


























































USDA code



Family



Latin Name



Common Name



Plant Type



Begin Bloom Month



End Bloom Month



Sig



GLYCI



Fabaceae



Glycine



Soybean, soja bean



C



7



10



N



AMBRO



Asteraceae



Ambrosia



Ragweed



F



7



10



N



SOLID



Asteraceae



Solidago



Goldenrod



F



7



11



Y



VERBE2



Asteraceae



Verbesina



Crown-beard



F



8



10



N





 















Plant Type codes:



Sig column



T - tree

TDB - tree, deciduous broadleaf

TEN - tree, evergreen needleleaf

TEB - tree, evergreen broadleaf

S - shrub

SEB - shrub, evergreen broadleaf

SDB - shrub, deciduous broadleaf

V - vine

VDB - vine, deciduous broadleaf

G - grass

F - forb (herbaceous flowering plants, non-woody)

C - crops/cultivated



This column indicates whether or not the species is considered a very important nectar source species within the state and region selected. If it is a significant source, it is indicated here with a 'Y' and the row is highlighted.



In this context, important is defined by Ayers and Harman as those species that "reliably produce a large percent of the harvested honey" within the selected region.




 



You can see more @    Honey Bee Forage within Region 11 for the State of Tennessee



 



If you have not checked on the girls in a while you need to look at the ones that are gone and clean out all the WAX MOTH web, Cocoon, Larvae and Debris!



 



I have seen NO Small Hive Beetles in any of my hives again this year!



Direct SUNLIGHT setting under a 500,000 volt and a 161,000 Volt TVA Power-Line!



 



You need to be checking for and treating for Varroa Mites but do not forget to treat for tracheal Mites as well!



 



Tracheal Mite will kill more Honey Bee Colonies during the WINTER months than Varroa will!



 



You may lose more to Varroa Leading up to the Winter months, but they will Freeze to death from a Tracheal Mite infestation!



Read more on Tracheal Mites @.  Tracheal Mites in Tennessee



 



 



 



 


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