APIOLOGY AND APICULTURE

ENTO 214 - SPRING 2003, MW 12:20 - 1:10 PM, SHL 131

HONORS SECTION M 1:25 AM - 2:15 PM SMITH 201

Instructor: Dr. Dewey M. Caron Office Hours: MW 8:30 - 12:00 AM
 

Office: Townsend Hall Rm 250

  Anytime in office
TA: Christy Beal Rm 246  

email: dmcaron@udel.edu - website http://udel.edu/~dmcaron/ento214.html
 
 

            Apiology is the science of bees and apiculture is the theory and practice of raising bees. This course will focus on a single insect -- the honey bee. The course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn about the structure and biology of individual honey bees and how this relates to the activities of the social colony. The science of honey bees is stressed for approximately the first half of the semester with the purpose of laying the foundation for understanding the practices of managing them for pollination and honey production which is dealt with during the second half of the semester.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

            A scientific study of the life of honey bees, including their biology, behavior and communication, and an introduction to techniques of culturing honey bees for honey production and crop pollination.

GRADING

            MID-TERM EXAM - counts 1/4 exam before spring break

            FINAL - counts 1/4 occurs at scheduled exam time

ESSAY - counts 1/4. Prepare a 2-4 page essay on how learning and knowing bee biology assists an individual to become a better beekeeper. Guidelines will be given out by mid-semester. Due by last class meeting.

REAL WORLD" - counts 1/4. You educate, experience, experiment, construct or develop almost anything related to honey bees – description  attached. Due by last class meeting.

            FINAL letter grades on a curve. Final point average 90+ = A, 80+ = B, 70+ = C

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

            Cheating will not be tolerated. Persons caught deliberately being dishonest will be prosecuted and 0 given as grade for that event. Wandering eyes, etc. during exams will be handled by moving person one time before picking up exam. Exams will be given in a manner to discourage dishonesty.

 

LECTURE SCHEDULE and COURSE ASSIGNMENTS


 

DATE  

TOPIC

 
February

12

Introduction Chap 1 
 

17

What is a Honey bee ? Chap 2,3 & 4 
 

19

Bee Anatomy Chap 5
 

24

Bee Nest Chap 6 
 

26

Dance Language   Chap 7 
March

3 &5

Pheromones I & II Chap 8 
 

10 & 12

Queens & Their Replacement Chap 9 
 

17

NO CLASS  
  19 Bee Sex

Chap 10

 

24

MID-TERM EXAM  
 

26

Bee Sex Continued Chap 10

 

 

LECTURE SCHEDULE and COURSE ASSIGNMENTS ... con't

SPRING BREAK
 

April

7

Foraging  Chap 11
 

9

Bee Botany  Chap 11
 

14

Beekeeping Chap 12 
 

16

Basics of Beekeeping  Chap 12 & 14
 

21

Starting with bees (DEMO at TOWNSEND)  Chap 13
 

23

Management - Fall  Chap 15
 

28

Management - Spring  Chap 16
 

30

Bee Products Chap 17 & 18 
May

5 & 7

Pollination Chap 19
 

12

Bee Diseases & Pests Chap  20
 

14

Bee Problems  Chap 20
 

19

Future

Real World; Essay Due Date

 Chap 21
 

21

Summary  
    29 FINAL EXAM (10:30 AM)  

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Note: Textbook: Honey Bee Biology & Beekeeping by Caron

Delaware Beekeeping Short Course will be held on April 14; State Beekeepers meeting Sat March 15; New Castle Co meetings Thurs Feb 20, Mar 20 and April 17

Univ Delaware " AG Day", April 26 


 

 

CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO CLASS ANNOUNCEMENTS (under construction)

Guidelines to "Real World" Exercise

Guidelines for Essay

ENTO 214 Old Exams

The UD apiary site

Bee related Information