Brandon Hopkins grew up in Washington State receiving his B.A.E and Master’s degree at Eastern Washington University. He didn’t start working with bees until he started his Ph.D. program at Washington State University. However, working with honey bees quickly became a passion and has found the pursuit of honey bee research to be fascinating. He finished his Ph.D. in the spring of 2014 and currently manages the apiary and germplasm cryopreservation project at WSU.

Indoor Wintering Affects Varroa Mites and Honey Bee Nutrition

Over-wintering honey bee colonies in California “holding yards” can be a challenging place to keep colonies alive and healthy during the winter months. Beekeepers need a place to stage bees that are easy to access for transport to almond orchards at the start of the pollination season. An increasing number of commercial beekeepers are turning to indoor storage of their colonies in potatoes sheds, fruit storage warehouses, and purpose built facilities to increase winter survival and still have access to move bees when needed. There remains little research on the effects different storage conditions have on honey bee heath. We will present research on honey bee fat and protein levels after two months wintering indoors vs outdoors. In a separate experiment we will present the findings on the effects high CO2 levels have on varroa mite mortality.