July 30, 2015

July 2015 – The Beekeepers Calendar

A Junior Beekeeper in Maine

• Add supers as needed. • Remove entrance reducers. • Harvest honey at the end of July or when the honey flow slows. • Place an empty super on hives that have honey in the 2nd brood chamber or above a queen excluder (inner cover) on hives that have mostly brood in both brood chambers. • Colonies with excessive brood and large adult bee populations should be left with a super full of … [Read more...]

June 2015 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Junior Beekeeper

- Remove mite treatments and antibiotics (see labels). - Add supers to hives as needed. - Manage for swarm prevention via equalizing hives, making splits/ nucs or Demaree method. - This is the time of year to register your bee hives with our state apiarist by June 15th. - Register for EAS (Eastern Apiculture Society) Conference August 10 - August 14, 2015 University of Guelph, … [Read more...]

It’s honeybee swarm season — which means it’s time to protect bees from humans (Washington Post)

Sarah Gould installs a freshly caught swarm of bees.

Why you shouldn’t freak out about swarming honeybees — and how to save bees from those who do Washington Post Article » Excerpt: "Swarming is a particular behavior that honeybees exhibit in the late spring or early summer as a way of propagating the species, says Andrew Coté, a New York-based beekeeper and founder of the New York City Beekeepers Association. When a colony gets big … [Read more...]

May 2015 – The Beekeepers Calendar

3 Pound "Package" of Honeybees just Installed - image courtesy of farmtotablekids.blogspot.com

• Inspect the brood pattern at the beginning of dandelion bloom. • Check the queen's performance, symptoms of brood disease and Varroa. • Reverse brood chambers if bees are in the upper box only. • Apply mite treatments and requeen failing queens if necessary. • Divide and requeen colonies at fruit bloom via multiple frame splits or colony divides to recoup winter loss, increase apiary … [Read more...]

April 2015 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Spraying a Package of Bees with Sugar Water

  •  Monitor food reserves. •  Feed medicated (Fumagilin-B) light syrup (1:1) to hives low on stores. •   Scrape bottom boards and check the brood pattern on a mild day. •   Install package bees April 15th or later and feed light syrup.  Some people medicate with Fumagillin. •    Apply mite treatments to wintered colonies if Varroa are detected (mid-late April) in the drone … [Read more...]

March 2015 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Honey Bees Peeking Out - Winter Feeding in Maine

• Have you renewed you Maine State Beekeepers Membership for the year? • Check colony conditions. If honey reserves are low, feed candy or dry sugar. • Colonies that consume feed should be monitored and fed as needed. • Feed protein supplements (pollen substitute) for brood production to hives colonies that you are planning to split. Make sure they have sufficient … [Read more...]

February 2015 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Winter in Maine - photo by Overland Apiaries

Renew your MSBA membership. You don't want to miss a single issue of The Bee Line, our printed journal, do you? Order bees in package or nuc's for late April-early May arrival. Check wintering colonies for honey reserves by hefting the hive. Note that the "heft the hive" method works as long as the bees haven't chimneyed up the center leaving a bunch of (heavy) honey frames on the … [Read more...]

The Waggle Dance of the Honeybee

The Waggle Dance of the Honeybee

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFDGPgXtK-U How can honeybees communicate the locations of new food sources? Austrian biologist, Karl Von Frisch, devised an experiment to find out! By pairing the direction of the sun with the flow of gravity, honeybees are able to explain the distant locations of food by dancing. "The Waggle Dance of the Honeybee" details the design of Von Frisch's famous … [Read more...]

Richard “Dick” Vose Jr. 1935-2015


Jean Vose notified us that her husband, Dick, died on Saturday. Jean and Dick were voted 2014 Maine State Beekeepers of the Year at the Annual Meeting.   His funeral services will be: Friday night (1/16) visiting hours from 7 - 9 pm at Strong Hancock Funeral Home, Damariscotta and his Funeral will be at the First Baptist Church in Waldoboro, next to Moody's Diner, on Saturday 1/17 at 10 … [Read more...]

January 2015 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Bee Hives in Snow - Maine

There are lots of great things for the Maine Beekeeper to do to keep cabin fever at bay during these snow months. For instance: Assemble and repair beekeeping equipment. Purchase new equipment if necessary. Read beekeeping texts and periodicals. Sign up for a beekeeping course offered by Extension, Adult Education or local beekeeping association. Renew your Maine … [Read more...]