Dr. Seeley will be speaking on a number of facinating topics including content from his new book Following the Wild Bees: The Craft and Science of Bee Hunting available in May 2016.
The bee colony as a honey factory
In this talk, we will explore how a colony of honey bees operates as an factory that produces honey efficiently despite tremendous day-to-day swings in the supply of nectar, the raw material for making honey. An important feature of the organization of the honey production process is a division of labor between the nectar foragers, elderly workers who toil outside the hive collecting the nectar, and the nectar receivers, middle-age workers who toil inside the hive converting the nectar into honey.
A survivor population of European honey bees living in the wild in New York State
In this talk, we look at the story of the wild colonies of honey bees living in the Arnot Forest, outside of Ithaca, NY. We will see who these bees are, genetically. We will also see how their current genetics reveals what happened to this population of honey bees in the 1990s, when Varroa parasitized the colonies. Next, we will see how these wild colonies are surviving with Varroa mites, but without chemical treatments.
Hive thirst: how does a honey bee colony regulate its water collection?
Water collection is essential to two parts a honey bee colony’s well-being: thermoregulation of the broodnest and nutrition of the immature bees.