This month we are super excited to welcome Dr. Dewey M. Caron, Emeritus Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware and Affiliate Professor, Dept. of Horticulture, Oregon State University. Dr. Caron is also the principal author of Honey Bee Health Coalition's Tools for Varroa Management and Best Management Practices and Identifying and Mitigating Foulbrood in Honey Bee Colonies; Information for Beekeepers and Veterinarians.
Dr. Caron enjoyed professional appointments at Cornell (1968-70), Univ. of Maryland (1970-81) and Univ. of Delaware 1981-2009, serving as entomology chair at the last two. He spent a sabbatical year at the USDA Tucson lab in 1977-78. Dr. Caron retired from Univ. of Delaware in 2009 and moved to Portland, OR to be closer to his grandkids. Dr. Caron also served as President of WAS in Salem, OR in 2010 and is currently a member-at-large to the Western Apiary Society (WAS) Board and represents WAS on Honey Bee Health Coalition.
In retirement he remains active in bee education, writing for newsletters, giving Bee Short Courses, assisting in several master beekeeper programs and giving presentations to local, state and regional bee clubs. He is author of Honey Bee Biology & Beekeeping, a major textbook used in university and association bee courses and has a new bee book (his 10th) The Complete Bee Handbook, published by Rockridge Press, 2020. Dr. Caron has 100+ peer review scientific publications, over 400 popular press articles, numerous extension publications. several podcasts, videos, and Facebook posts. He's written two book chapters for the soon to be released Honey Bee Medicine, co-edited by Univ. of Arizona Veterinary Professor Dr. Cynthia Faux. Dr. Caron started working with Africanized bees in 1982 (Panama), has published a book on them and keeps family Africanized bees in Bolivia, where he spends spring and summer each year.
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Our last beekeeping class of the year
You’ve just installed your bees. What’s next? This field day class provides new beekeepers an in-hive review and demonstration of topics covered in Beginning Beekeeping. The class will be held at our club apiary behind the Sherwood Demonstration Garden. Sign up today.
Mite wash alternatives for alcohol
Running low on alcohol for mite washes? Randy Oliver recommends using Dawn Ultra detergent, "It works very well for mite washes and is on par with 91% isopropyl, better than 70% isopropyl, and much better than windshield fluid."
To use, dilute to 1-2 T per gallon of water. A weaker solution is less efficacious and there is no benefit to making it stronger. Allow the bees to soak in the solution for a full minute before agitation, by which time most of the mites will have dropped to the bottom of their own accord. Final agitation should be a swirl action, with no up and down shaking. Little agitation is required for basic mite monitoring.
The club has pollen patties for sale, $3 each. Placerville area, contact John Havicon at 916.996.8371, or for the Cameron Park area, contact Bernie Ruiz at 916.719.6708.
The flowers are bloomin' and we'll bee Zoomin'!
"See" everyone at next month's meeting.