May 25, 2015

May 2015 – The Beekeepers Calendar

3 Pound "Package" of Honeybees just Installed - image courtesy of

• 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 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...]

Five-Course Honey Dinner @ Good Table Restaurant – January 25, 2015

Good Table Restaurant Route 77, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

The Good Table Restaurant, in Cape Elizabeth, along with members of the Cumberland County Beekeepers Association would like to invite you to a Honey Dinner. This will be a 5-course menu celebrating Maine honey with each course highlighting a locally produced honey. Each course will be paired with either wine, beer or mead. Five-Course Honey Dinner Good Table Restaurant Route 77, Cape … [Read more...]

Honeybee Microscopy Classes – Disease Diagnosis

Honey Bee Microscopy - image from:

Some bee diseases can only be positively diagnosed with the aid of a microscope. This 2-session class will focus on how Acarine and Nosema affect colony health. You will be taught laboratory skills that will enable you to make positive diagnoses with discussions on timely and appropriate treatments. Class Limit: 8 people Cost: $100 Dates : 1/24/2015 & 1/31/2015 Location: University … [Read more...]

November 2014 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Proper Homasote Placement above the Inner Cover

* Provide upper ventilation. * Remove mite treatments prior to wintering or wrapping the colony. * Wrap colonies with tar paper or commercial wrap and provide with an insulating board or moisture absorbing material (Homasote) by Thanksgiving. * Sell honey at craft fairs, etc. * Register for a Bee School course that is one level up from you current knowledge level. * … [Read more...]