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November 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Dr. Dewey Caron

Topic: Mites by the Numbers

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Dr Clare Ritschoff

Topic: Honey Bee Defensive Behavior


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The Virginia State Beekeepers Association

Speaker Series

Hosted By Virginia Tech


Dr Dewey Caron

Topic: Mites by the Numbers

Date November 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm



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Varroa mites may be indirectly responsible for 70% of the heavy colony losses we suffer annually. What do the numbers 22% overwinter, 2 phases and 300  adult bees mean when we discuss mites? How savvy are you at doing mite math as we seek to reduce their terribly negative impact on our beekeeping success? Lets discuss the math and how it can be used to be successful beekeepers and fight the varroa mite.

About Me:

              I am a retired Professor of Entomology, now concentrating on honey bees, one of several responsibilities during my academic career. I moved from East Coast in 2009 to be closer to grandchildren and now reside in Portland OR area. I spend part of the year in Bolivia, South America with wife's family. I really enjoy writing and talking about bees and pollinators.

    The Book HONEY BEE BIOLOGY & BEEKEEPING started as notes for class - I taught a University beekeeping class for over 40 years. The second edition was updated with a 3rd printing in 2017.

    I annually give over 100 lectures, principally to bee groups, and write several articles for the Bee Journals and bee club newsletters. Leisure activities including reading, hiking (now more walking) and spoiling grandchildren.



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