Two Bees in a Podcast

Two Bees in a Podcast

By UF/IFAS Honey Bee Lab
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!
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Asian Giant Hornet Special: Truths and Myths about Vespa mandarinia

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Honey Bee Friendly Landscaping and Equipment Tips and Tricks
In this episode we are joined by Lake County Extension 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?
54:39
May 28, 2020
Asian Giant Hornet Special: Truths and Myths about Vespa mandarinia
In this episode we are joined by Chris Looney, Entomologist for the Washington State Department of Agriculture, who discusses the current situation surrounding the Asian giant hornet. Q&A includes: where does the Asian giant hornet occur? How do I know if the stinging insect I have found is an Asian giant hornet and what should I do? What kinds of trap/screens do you suggest beekeepers use to protect against predation?
43:57
May 21, 2020
Beekeeping in Barbados and a Look into the Use of Oxalic Acid
In this episode we are joined by David Smalls, who discusses his experiences and knowledge of beekeeping in the Caribbean and how Varroa have affected the industry. We wrap up this episode with Dr. Cameron Jack, who’s segment focuses on the use of oxalic acid as a pest management tool. Q&A includes: Should you select and remove drones? Do drones take resources away from the larvae? Can you get different sizes of drone within your colony?
56:15
May 14, 2020
COVID-19 Special: Updates on the Beekeeping Industry
In this very special episode, we discuss the effects of COVID-19 on beekeepers and how it connects with our food system. We are joined by Jason Mathis from Florida Farm Bureau, and Tony Hogg who is a beekeeper and the chair of the Apiary Advisory committee for the Florida Farm Bureau.
38:40
May 7, 2020
When You Have Competition It Raises the Quality of a Product
In this episode we are joined by Michael Young, who discusses Honey Judge Training programs, we wrap up Bill Kerns pest series with a conversation about miscellaneous pests, and we end the episode with Q&A. Q&A includes: What are books and resources for beekeepers? Can you combine frames from two hives to make one walkaway split?
52:40
April 30, 2020
Popular Beekeeping Journals
In this episode we discuss available resources and beekeeping journals by editors around the country: Eugene Makovec, the editor of American Bee Journal, and Jerry Hayes, the editor of Bee Culture (who has a little surprise for our podcast listeners!). We end the episode with these Q&A questions: Why doesn’t the Africanized honey bee gene pool get watered down? Is checking a hive once a week (or more) bad for the colony? What to do about swarms?
1:02:46
April 23, 2020
Once a Bear Finds an Apiary, It Will Keep Going Back
We are accompanied by Sarah Red-Laird, the founder and executive director of The Bee Girl Organization, to talk about bee nutrition, forage, and regenerative agriculture, we will be continuing our Apiary Pest discussion with Bill Kern talking about bears, and Q&A. Q&A Includes: Should you bottom super or top super? If you bottom super, what’s the order to do that? Is there any information on Azaleas and honey bees? I have honey bees in my tree. What can I do to remove them?
58:13
April 16, 2020
Top 10 Tips for Beekeepers
In this episode, Dave Westervelt discusses the history of beekeeping, we continue our pest series with Dr. Kern discussing wasps, and Dr. Ellis lists his top ten tips for beekeepers. Q&A includes: Can you smoke bees too much? How does the hive keep a balance between drones and workers? Can the queen lay different types of eggs?
56:55
April 9, 2020
Scientifically Rigorous Information
Interviews with key members of the International Bee Research Association, including Professor Dr. William Kirk, discussing the history of IBRA, Dr. Robert Brodschneider, the editor of the journal Bee World, and Dr. Maria Bouga, the editor of the Journal of Apicultural Research. Jamie and Cameron include a synopsis of what it means to publish academic research. Q&A with Jamie and Amy include: Why should we care about the honey bee gut? What are super sisters? What is the difference between orientation flights, swarming, and robbing?
1:03:44
April 2, 2020
Even Though I'm an Entomologist, I'm Not an “Ant”omologist
An interview with 2020 American Honey Princess, Sydnie Paulsrud, about the American Beekeeping Federation and the Honey Queen Program, followed by Bill Kern beginning our “Pests in the Apiary” series with a discussion about ants, and Q&A. Q&A with Jamie and Cameron includes: How many hives are needed per acre in almond pollination? Are top bar hives a better choice for bee health? When should a beekeeper be worried about hive beetles?
39:51
March 26, 2020
Honey Bees Are Animals and They Deserve to Be in Good Health
An interview with Dr. Meghan Milbrath about European foulbrood, followed by a discussion with Dr. Milbrath about Honey Bee Treatments, Dr. Bill Kern talks about Africanized Honey Bees, and we finish with Q&A.
56:20
March 12, 2020
The First Responders in Bee Health Issues
A discussion with the Florida Assistant Bureau Chief of Apiary Inspection, Brandi Stanford, an interview with pollination ecology expert, Dr. Rachel Mallinger, and Q&A.
1:11:16
March 5, 2020
Commercial Beekeeping… One Day at a Time, One Issue at a Time
An interview with Dr. Josette Lewis with the Almond Board of California, a discussion with Sarah Stern, a commercial beekeeper/co-owner of Concord Farms about her life as a commercial beekeeper, and Q & A.
1:06:27
February 27, 2020
Risk Is Simply the Product of Multiplying Toxicity and Exposure
An interview with Dr. Judy Wu-Smart, Extension & Research Entomologist University of Nebraska-Lincoln, on her pesticide research, Jamie and Amy discuss pesticide risk and what that really means, and Q&A.
50:37
February 20, 2020
If Your Goal Is to Keep Your Bees Alive
An interview with Randy Oliver about monitoring Varroa, a discussion about the Bee Informed Partnership with Anne Marie Fauvel and Nathalie Steinhauer, and Q&A.
1:13:11
February 13, 2020
Species Without Natural Enemies
What to do about honey bee dead-outs with Dr. Humberto Boncristiani, a discussion on invasive species with Dr. Jim Cuda, and Q&A.
53:59
February 6, 2020
What It Takes to Provide Purposeful Education
A summary of Extension and Research, and an interview with Dr. Meghan Milbrath from Michigan State University discussing her 50/50 Research/Extension appointment.
1:05:04
January 30, 2020
The Mite Is Free to Move About the Cabin
A general overview of Varroa, honey bee pollen and nutrition, Master Beekeepers Programs, and Q&As.
54:31
January 23, 2020
The UF/IFAS Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory
Learn about the HBREL, UF Instructional Programs, and what it means to have a Healthy Colony.
47:51
January 15, 2020
Introduction to “Two Bees in a Podcast"
Meet your “Two Bees in a Podcast” hosts, learn about their positions and experiences, find out more about what to expect from this podcast, and how you can be more involved!
37:24
January 7, 2020