Queen Bee

Prof. Debbie Delaney in her work clothes, with several hundred of her colleagues.Assistant Professor Deborah Delaney, Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, came in and chatted with us about a hiveful of fascinating topics.

She talked about how European settlers brought honeybees over from Europe, the “career” of a honeybee (which changes jobs every couple of weeks), the other kinds of bees in North America, “Africanized bees,” some of her extension projects, and Dare to Bee Honey. And who knew how important bumblebees are to Delaware’s watermelon crop!

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Deborah Delaney, Entomology and Wildlife Ecology
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About our guest

Deborah Delaney is an assistant professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology as well as queen bee of the Dare to Bee Honey program at UD. The students work their own hives in the UD apiary, and the honey harvested is sold exclusively at the UDairy Creamery.

Delaney’s research interests at UD focus on the evolutionary biology of honey bees, pollination ecology, population genetics of honey bees in the U.S., and genetic characterization of unmanaged honey bee populations.

She received her doctorate in entomology from Washington State University in 2008 and is a member of the Delaware Beekeepers Association (DBA), Delaware’s apiculture cooperative extension program, the feral bee project, and the Department of Agriculture-Plant Industries.


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