Tuesday, August 29, 2017

BIBA Monthly meeting 9/12/2017 @ 6:00 PM

Kamana Senior Center,   124 Kamana St.  Hilo,  HI  

This month’s Big Island Beekeepers Association meeting will be:  Inspecting your hive for Varroa mites, and reporting your findings for the First Annual  MITE-A-THON project.
We will review the two standardized sampling protocols (alcohol wash, and powdered sugar roll) for counting mites.    A quick run down of the Mite-a-Thon data project should include:                                                                
Number of mites per 100 bees (% of hive infestation), Hive location, total number of hives, number of hives   tested, local habitat, and total number of Varroa counted from each hive.  The published information will not identify any individual participants. 

Jim K.  Media Person
Contact:  bigislandbeekeepers@gmail.com  or voice mail  805 399-2422

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Varroa mites -- have genetic holes in their armor

August 14, 2017
Michigan State University
Michigan State University scientists have found genetic holes in Varroa mites' armor that could potentially reduce or eliminate the marauding invaders.
Credit: Zachary Huang
Full Story at: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170814120928.htm

Monday, August 14, 2017

The 2017 Hawaii Honey Challenge is ON !

For contest rules and entry forms - see the instructions at:

This year we are looking at 5 categories of Honey,  1 solid form, 1 Comb, and 3 liquid in a dark, medium, light color classification.  See the website for details, or drop us a line for more information.

bigislandbeekeepers@gmail.com  or  call to leave a message at (805) 399-2422

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


From the Pollinator Partnership -


The first annual Mite-A-Thon will take place Saturday, September 9 to Saturday, September 16, 2017 and we invite you to participate!

FORWARD THIS NOTICE - Local beekeeping clubs and associations are key to making Mite-A-Thon a success!

The Mite-A-Thon is a national effort to collect mite infestation data and to visualize varroa infestations in honey bee colonies across North America within a one week window.  All beekeepers will be asked to participate, creating a rich distribution of sampling sites in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.  Their varroa monitoring data will be uploaded to www.mitecheck.com.

OBJECTIVE: 1) Raise awareness about honey bee colony varroa infestations in North America through effective monitoring methods. 2) Management strategies will be made available for discussion within bee organizations utilizing Mite-A-Thon partner developed information and outreach materials.

PARTICIPANTS: All beekeepers are welcome to participate – we need bee associations to help lead this effort!


   1. Encourage your members to participate in September, through meetings, newsletters, emails, social media etc. - http://www.pollinator.org/miteathon
   2. Teach new beekeepers how to monitor for mites in August. http://honeybeehealthcoalition.org/varroa/
   3. Help your members prepare their monitoring materials.
   4. Support your members in making sure they are able to monitor mites effectively and report their data.

DATA COLLECTION: Participants will monitor the level of mites (number of mites per 100 bees) using a standardized protocol utilizing two common methods of assessment (powdered sugar roll or alcohol wash) and then enter data, including location, total number of hives, number of hives tested, local habitat, and the number of varroa mites counted from each hive. The published information will not identify individual participants.

COST: There is no cost. You can create your own test materials or kits can be purchased online. Some scholarships are available (js@pollinator.org).

CONTACT: Miteathon@pollinator.org or 415-362-1137. Learn more and stay up to date at http://www.pollinator.org/miteathon!