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Research Project: Managing Honey Bees Against Disease and Colony Stress

Location: Bee Research Laboratory

Title: Found in Translation: Winter is Coming

item Evans, Jay

Submitted to: Bee Culture
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/10/2021
Publication Date: 10/24/2021
Citation: Evans, J.D. 2021. Found in Translation: Winter is Coming. Bee Culture. 9:30-31.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: When this column comes out, many in the northern hemisphere will still feel the heat of a long summer. Nevertheless, your bees will have already started preparing for the deadliest season in beekeeping, surviving the upcoming winter. Winter for honey bee colonies involves a steady drip of worker bee losses, even when queens, food, and shelter are adequate. if you want your bees to raise healthy new progeny next spring, you either have to build up colonies to tolerate this drip or find a way to patch the leak. Entering winter with a workforce that will still be here in the spring involves equal inputs from bees, beekeepers, and the surrounding environment.