A GREAT SUMMER FIELD DAY!!
Iowa 4-H center
Pat Ennis at this years very successful field
Before I get into this too much, I would like
to thank everyone who, in some way or another, helped with the
field day. Getting the meat, preparing the pot luck table, at
the registration table, and all the bee helpers. I couldn’t
do this without the helping volunteers. And of course, all who
took the time to come to the summer field day. YOU are the reason
for the field day. I know summer can be a very busy time, so THANK
YOU TO ALL WHO CAME. And a big thanks to our guest speaker, David
We first learned about the life
cycle of the honey bee with the worker taking 21 days to
emerge from an egg and a drone taking 24 days to emerge
from an egg.
If you are like me, you have the varroa mite
in your hives. Some hives have more than others, you hear of hives
crashing because of the varroa mite, or maybe you have had some
crash yourself. I treat for the varroa mite. I know some do not.
This I feel, is a personal decision as to whether or not to treat.
But to make that decision, one should be educated with all the
information to make a sound decision for his personal bee operation.
This is my personal option; the varroa mite is the largest killer
of honey bee hives. That is why I choose to have guest speaker,
David Vander Dussen from mite-away II come to our field day to
speak to us about the varroa mite.
We found out that the varroa mite is a parasite
with a life cycle of 80 to 100 days.
We first learned about the life cycle of the
honey bee with the worker taking 21 days to emerge from an egg
and a drone taking 24 days to emerge from an egg. We should all
know about the life cycle of the honey bee, so I will go on.
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