Amateur Beekeepers Encourage Spread of Apiaries: Voice Of America

Voice_Of_America_BeekeepersArticle from Voice of America by Erika Celeste (Published August 13, 2015)

Megan Ryan wants to do everything she can for honeybees. So earlier this year she started an apiary at the Southwest Conservation Club in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

She and fellow beekeeper Alex Cornwell chose Italian honeybees for their hives. Italian bees are among the most popular stocks because they’re gentler and reproduce faster than other types of domesticated honeybees. In just four months, the club’s apiary has grown from 10,000 to 70,000 bees per hive.

Cornwell said that’s good news, noting that over the last decade both American and European hives have lost more than a quarter of their population because of a mysterious condition called colony collapse disorder. …read more 

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