Mike Simone-Finstrom, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of North Carolina in the Department of Entomology, will lead a discussion at the monthly meeting of the Back Yard Beekeepers Association on Tuesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m. at Norfield Church in the parish hall.
The main interests of Mr. Simone-Finstrom’s research broadly lie within the fields of behavioral ecology and insect physiology under an evolutionary framework. More specifically, he is interested in mechanisms of disease and stress resistance and impacts of parasites on honeybees at both the individual and group/colony levels.
Mr. Simone-Finstrom’s talk on Tuesday is “Propolis and honeybees: What’s the use of resin in the hive?”
The Back Yard Beekeepers Association (BYBA) has been educating the public about honeybees and beekeeping for more than 15 years. With more than 300 members, both experienced and those just getting started, the association is one of the nation’s largest regional clubs for beekeeping hobbyists.
A meeting designed specifically for new beekeepers is at 6:30 (prior to the regular meeting). BYBA also hosts the Wannabees, a program for children.
For more information, visit backyardbeekeepers.com.