Vita (Europe) Ltd has created an infographic about the varroa mite. The free graphic can be downloaded from the Vita Gallery after you register or login HERE .
There could be no better time to introduce Vita Europe’s poster on swarming.
It is free and downloadable as a PDF from Vita Europe after you register your name, email address, country, zip code and select a password: HERE This gives you access to an amazing group of 100’s of honey bee, bee, plant, and beekeeping related images. It is well worth a look. You may have used Vita’s Apiguard or Apistan products for control of Varroa mites.
I have added several NEW links to our Resources webpage that you are invited to explore. First, the following link was suggested to me by visitors using our Resources page to further their interest in honey bees, beekeeping and insects in general. Through additional research they discovered A Guide to Beekeeping from Flowers to Harvesting and they wanted to share this helpful resource with our members.
The Strathcona Beekeepers Association of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada are “dedicated to the support of bees (both native and honey) and beekeepers. Their site is “intended to be a resource for gardeners, educators, farmers, beekeepers and anyone interested in creating a healthy, sustainable environment.” I have added the links to their menu entitled “The Beekeepers’ Library.” This is a “must see” webpage that will take you hours & hours of your time to examine and digest. In addition, I added a link to “A Quick Reference Guide to Honey Bee Parasites, Pests, Predators, and Diseases” from Penn State.
The following links lead to an extremely well written 4 part documentary that includes amazing images and imbedded videos posted on Star Tribune website. Enjoy!
For a clearly presented explanation of the Waggle Dance be sure watch this 5-minute video on the Waggle Dance on Vimeo HERE.
This PBS NewsHour report by NPR’s correspondent Allison Aubrey aired on November 24, 2015.
See the video “Are pesticides to blame for the massive bee die-off?“
The accompanying article, also by NPR correspondent Allison Aubrey can be read HERE
Bee Culture reported the following on November 4, 2015:
Native Bees Foraging in Fields are Exposed to Neonicotinoid Insecticides
Our club was invited to talk for about 15 minutes about honey bee anatomy; general beekeeping tools and equipment; and the importance of pollination during the newly resurrected Heritage Day Event at Gibsonville Elementary School on November 13, 2015. Our team was composed of Cynthia Pierce, Tony Abbruzzi, and Linda & Geoff Leister. The morning sessions included 10 classes of well behaved and attentive students from Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades. The afternoon sessions were attended by 8 classes of equally attentive 3rd and 4th graders, as well as very engaged and honey-bee-savvy 5th graders who tested our bee grey matter databases. As usual, the most exciting part of our presentation came near the end of the talks when the suspicious red cover was removed from an observation hive containing a deep frame covered with hundreds of worker bees, larvae and a laying queen.
If you’ve never taken the opportunity to work at the annual Farm to Table event, you should consider doing it. It’s work, but it’s fun, and you’ll learn a thing or two. But mostly, you’ll enjoy sharing your love of beekeeping with young members of our community.
This annual event is offered by the Chamber’s Agri-Business Committee and provides about 800 area 4th-graders the chance to learn about agriculture in our community. The program, provided at no charge, educates students about where their food comes from and what is involved in food production before it reaches the dining room table. Several different areas of farming are represented including dairy, poultry, farm technology, beekeeping, forestry products, beef cattle, field crops, soil and water conservation, and plant science.
Our club was well represented at this years’s 2-day event held on September 22nd & 23rd at Cedarock Historical Farm. Over two days, volunteers from our club talked about honey bees’ role in agriculture as pollinators of flowers, fruits, and vegetables. The kids asked great questions [What does mate mean? Why does smoke calm them down — shouldn’t it make them panic? What do drones do?], and they got to practice being still instead of panicky around free-ranging bees, as some bees escaped the observation hive. Mike Ross, Randy Stinson, Corey Gillespie, Charles Black, Wayne and Janice Foulks, Geoff and Linda Leister, Tony Abbruzzi, and Cynthia Pierce represented beekeeping this year. Thanks to all. (Submitted by Cynthia & Geoff)
BEGINNING BEEKEEPING COURSE January, 23, 2018
We would like to announce that starting on January 23, 2018 the Alamance County Beekeepers will start the 27th consecutive year of offering a Beginning Beekeeping Course. The objective of the course is to create an interest in beekeeping and provide information needed for a person to become a keeper of honey bees, a beekeeper. No prior experience is required to take the course.
This is a 24-hour course, 20 hours in the classroom and 4 hours in the field. The structured classes start, as noted above, on January 23, 2018 and will continue each Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. through March 27th. All class sessions will be held in the auditorium of the Ag Extension Office located at, 209 N. Graham Hopedale Rd, Burlington, NC 27217.
At the completion of the classroom instructions, we will have a Field Day on Saturday, March 31st, depending on weather. During the Field Day, we will spend 4 hours in a bee yard to gain hands-on experience in working with the bees.
It’s best to register in advance to assure you have a seat and course materials. The room can only hold 50 people comfortably, so be sure to register early. The cost of the course is $75.00. This includes $10.00 building usage fee, $21.00 for Local and State dues and hand books. If your spouse or other member of your family wants to take the course and you can share the books, then the cost for the additional person would be $31.00. To register in advance, please send you name, address, telephone number, e-mail address along with your payment to: Zivon Price, 421 Canterwood Drive, Mebane, NC 27302. Please make check payable to Alamance County Beekeepers.
If you live in the Burlington area, you most likely won’t need directions to the Ag Building; however, if you are coming from out of town one simple way to get to the Ag Extension Office is to get off I-85/1-40 at exit 145 and head toward downtown Burlington. This street is Maple Avenue. Stay on Maple Avenue through the center of Burlington until you get to Church Street, turn right travel approximately 2.1 miles until you get to Graham Hopedale Road, turn left, travel one block and the Ag Building is the first building on the right.
We would also like to announce that in 2018, the Alamance County Farm Bureau will again be sponsoring a Cost-Share program. This is a program where a number of people are awarded two hives each, along with a package of bees for each hive. Applications for this program will be available on the first evening of the class.
Even though you have registered in advance, we would like for you to come a little early, maybe 6:00 PM, on the first night, January 23rd , so that we will have time to issue nametags and handbooks and still be ready to start our class at 6:30 p.m.
If you know someone interested in taking this course, we would appreciate you sharing the above information with that person. This course announcement will also be posted on the Alamance County Beekeepers Web Site – http://alamancebeekeepers.org
Hope to see you on January 23rd.
It was a perfect day for our annual Ice Cream Social hosted by Don & Shirley Moore at Breezy Acres Apiary under the shade of several large pecan trees. Don welcomed and introduced special guests Jerry & Betty Isley from Randolph County; Nancy Rupert, Bee Inspector, South Central region; Janno Lewis from Montgomery County; Don Hopkins, Bee Inspector, North Central Region; and Dr. Kathleen Kidd NC State Biological Control and Apiary Inspection Programs Administrator.
Don outlined the planned afternoon activities that would start with demonstrations by Nancy Rupert and Don Hopkins. All of Don’s hives were on their second treatment with thymol based Apiguard, so he was particularly interested in checking the current population level of Varroa mites in two hives using the powdered sugar shake method. Don was also hopeful that these two hives were strong enough to split. In the end, no splits occurred after the inspections, but one NUC was created by downsizing a weak hive that was impacted by a low population of bees and hive beetles.
After two hours in the bee yard, ice cream was served! Flavors included homemade banana, cherry, peach, persimmon, blueberry, French vanilla among others. The dessert selections also included pound cakes, blueberry crunch, brownies, orange cake, strawberry cake, apple cobbler, persimmon pudding, and old fashion strawberry among others. Bee yard talk and visiting continued into the late afternoon.
The end to this perfect day came with the discovery of a recently emerged Luna Moth (Actias luna) expanding and drying its wings. The larvae feed on persimmon, sweet gum, walnut, sumacs and hickories. The adult moths do not feed and only live about one week.