Summer 2021

Abby conducted an experiment tracking the drone shift between hives. Using different color paint pens to mark the drones, she was able to test if drones shift between hives, how frequently drones tend to shift, and if their shifting follows the same general patterns we see with worker bee shift between hives.

Sydney is running an ongoing experiment to compare the sugar roll to the alcohol wash for mite testing. She is both assessing the accuracy of the sugar roll as a mite test (an alcohol wash is the standard), and the idea that the sugar roll is more humane as it doesn't kill the bees tested.