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Beekeeping Test Answers

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 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.
 
 
 
6. What is the temperature range for applying formic acid such as Mite Away Quick 
       Strips?
 
50 - 85 Degrees (f)
 
7. What are the symptoms of American foulbrood disease?
 
Perforated brood, sunken brood caps and bad odor.
 
 
8. How can you prevent chalkbrood disease in the spring?
 
Make sure the hive is not in a wet area and keep the hive well ventilated.
 
 
 
TRUE  OR   FALSE
9. Small hive beetles can not fly, only crawl. 
    
    False. SHB beetles fly several miles toward weaker colonies.
 
10. 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.
 
11. Oxalic acid does not kill varroa mites below the capped cell.
    
    True, mites below the capped cells are not likely killed by oxalic acid.
 
12. The universal queen color for 2019 is red.
     
    False. It is green.
 
13. Honey bees are not on the endangered species list.
    
    True. They are not. Other bees are but not the Honey Bee.
 
14. When a colony swarms they always leave with the 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 mate 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 onsite beekeeping classes or one of our online courses or sign up for our mentorship program.