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Sept. 22, 2006

Bee keepers

Bee careful

Entomologist Steve Hanlin (left) and research technician John Van Roekel, both of the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, work on buckfast honey bee nucleus hives. The bees are used for pollination at the Plant Introduction Station, a joint venture of the USDA-ARS and Iowa State, located at Mortenson Road and State Avenue. Fall preparations include checking the hives to make sure they are active, marking the queen bees, treating the hives for varroa mites and reducing the size of hive entrances to keep the bees from stealing honey from each other. The hives move indoors to "overwinter" from late November to late February. Photo by Bob Elbert.