Beekeeping

Detroit joins in backyard beekeeping trend

A rusty patched bumblebee. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)DETROIT — For the past few years, national media have touted Detroit’s comeback story: It endured dark days, went through the nation’s largest municipal bankruptcy, and is – literally, with the construction of a new skyscraper – on the rise. The city is about to face a different kind of buzz….

Wisconsin beekeepers seeing big losses this winter

MADISON, Wis. — Some Wisconsin beekeepers are reporting high losses of bees this winter because of a parasite that infests hives and kills developing bees. Kent Pegorsch, president of the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association, told Wisconsin Public Radio that beekeepers had difficulty controlling varroa mites last year. Beekeepers have been losing about half of their hives over the winter for…

More efforts to help Indiana’s struggling bees

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — For years, decades actually, alarm bells have been sounding in scientific communities regarding the United States’ falling bee population. Scientists blame everything from disease-spreading mites to overuse of pesticides to depletion of natural habitats for the decline of bee populations. Many scientists and beekeeping enthusiasts, like Tim Caldwell, owner of Indy Bee Supply out of Indianapolis, think…

Michigan family turns beekeeping hobby into a business

A rusty patched bumblebee. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)UNIONVILLE, Mich. — About 10 years ago, Josh and Jodie Kieliszewski noticed a wild swarm of bees had made a home in one of the trees on their property in rural Unionville in Michigan. Josh Kieliszewski, an agriculture science teacher at Unionville-Sebewaing Area High School at the time, and Jodie Kieliszewski,…