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Long Lane Honey Bee Farms

Beekeeping Test

Answers To Our Beekeeping Test:
 
1. What is the main cause of viruses in a colony?
 
     Varroa Destructor mite
 
2. How often should you inspect your hive to verify your queen is laying?
   
    Every two weeks. This will give you enough time to replace your queen without losing
    your population.
 
3. List three ways to reduce varroa mites without the use of chemicals or
    acids. (3 answers from the 4 below)
    
    Green drone comb trapping.
    Powdered sugar dusting.
    Screen bottom board.
    Breaking the queen's brood cycle by caging a queen for 7 days in a fully populated colony.
 
4. List two ways to combat small hive beetles.
    
    Beetle traps placed in the hive and by smashing them with your hive tool.
 
5. What does one queen cell on the upper section of comb represent?
     
    Supersedure queen cell means a new queen is needed to replace the old queen.
 
TRUE  OR   FALSE
1. Small hive beetles can not fly, only crawl. 
    
    False. SHB beetles fly several miles toward weaker colonies.
 
2. Small hive beetles cannot survive a winter inside a clustered colony of
    honey bees.
 
    False. SHB can and do survive winter inside the winter cluster of honey bees.
 
3. Oxalic acid does not kill varroa mites below the capped cell.
    
    True, mites below the capped cells are not likely killed by oxalic acid.
 
4. The universal queen color for 2017 is blue.
     
    False. It is yellow.
 
5. Honey bees are not on the endangered species list.
    
    True. They are not. Other bees are but not the Honey Bee.
 
6. When a colony swarms they always leave with a new queen and the old
    mother queen remains behind with the original colony. 
    
    False. The swarm takes the old queen because she is a proven layer. A new virgin queen
    would have to be mated first. And most swarms occur prior to any virgin queens emerging
    from their cells.
 
How well did you do? If you'd like to increase your beekeeping knowledge here are two ways we can help:
 
Take one of our beekeeping classes or sign up for our mentorship program.