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Joining us this month is Margarita López-Uribe, Ph.D., a Lorenzo L. Langstroth Early Career Professor and Assistant Professor of Entomology at Penn State.
In Margarita’s talk, we will learn about the origin, distribution and natural history of honey bees. An overview of the known cases of varroa mite-tolerant populations around the world will be presented to understand emerging patterns of how natural resistance to varroa evolves. The talk will finalize with an open discussion about the differences between the lifestyle of feral and managed honey bees through a side-by-side comparison of their nesting biology, reproductive cycles, and mechanisms of defense against diseases.
You can learn more about the work of Margarita’s lab on her website.
General Meeting Information:
We always begin at 7:00 pm with an “open hive” discussion. You’ll find us at the outdoor apiary (on the St. James property to the left of the buildings) when the weather is good. During the winter or inclement weather we take advantage of the indoor “observation hive” St. James has in the classroom. Bring your questions! Our keynote speaker(s) begin typically at 7:30 pm.