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Advance Tickets $22.00
At the door $28.00

BeeSpeakSTL with Tom Seeley
Saturday, February 27th, 11am - 3pm
Shoenberg Theater, Missouri Botanical Garden 4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110

In an August, 2015 Bee World article, Kristen Traynor interviews Dr. Tom Seeley about how his interest in bees began and about his working methods.

"Prof. Seeley's interest was sparked in the big picture of how a honey bee colony chooses between the many different possible food sources over the large area around its home to achieve efficient foraging.

An important component of his recent work has been studying the feral colonies living in trees in the remote and isolated Arnot Forest in New York State. These have for many years survived the presence of the parasitic mite Varroa destructor, thought to be the major cause of worldwide colony losses, without the help of man."

Read Bee World's Editor Kirsten Traynor's full interview with Dr. Seeley here.

Listen to the Feb. 2 KDHX Earthworms Interview hosted by Jean Ponzi here.

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.

Presentation Topics:

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.

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