Beekeeping Seminar

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Samuel Ramsey, entomologist and PhD candidate at the University of Maryland, and Master Beekeeper Erin MacGregor-Forbes, will be our guest speakers.

Samuel Ramsey is a PhD student at Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp's lab at the University of Maryland.

He studied entomology at Cornell University focusing on predatory/parasitic insect behavior. His

current work focuses on the effects of honey bee parasites on individual and colony level survivor

ship specifically targeting Varroa destructor and Nosema ceranae. His work on Varroa showing that

the varroa feed on the vitellogenin in bees’ fat bodies, not on the hemolymph, which helps explain

why hives with high mite counts crash in the fall and winter as the bees do not have body fat

reserves to overwinter. This research is impressive and important for beekeepers and how we treat


Sam will be providing two presentations:

• Drivers of Colony Loss: What We Don't Know Can Hurt You

• Varroa Feed on Hemolymph and 2 Other Alternative Facts

Erin MacGregor-Forbes may be a familiar name to many as a result of her helpful “how to” beekeeper

YouTube videos. Erin is an EAS certified Master Beekeeper. She is the Chairman of the Eastern

Apicultural Society where she focused on increasing communication between beekeepers at all levels

and improving beekeeping practices through high quality education programs. Erin’s passion is

working with the bees own instincts and behaviors to create thriving colonies.

Erin will be providing two presentations:

• Artificial Swarming

• Backyard Queen Rearing/Overwintering NUCs – First Steps for Beginning Your Own Program

For more information, visit our website or contact the Club Secretary:

Beekeepers Seminar Schedule of Events

Presented by Bristol County Beekeepers Association, Inc.


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