July 23, 2014

Video for People who have Questions about Plants and Neonicotinoids

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Honey Bee Package Installation

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A video of a package of honey bees being installed in southern Maine by Master Beekeeper Erin MacGregor-Forbes and beekeeper Geoff MacLean in April 2010 Brushy Mountain Bee Farm Demonstrates installing a package of honeybees … [Read more...]

Preparing for Swarm Season

Front view of a hivebody-style bait hive for catching swarms; the vertical board is for nailing and/or tying to a tree trunk or other structure. The hardware cloth on the front entrance is there to prevent mice from moving in. PHOTO: ANNE FREY

Making Your Own Bait Hives Now that you’re finished with your winter of building and repairing supers, brood boxes and frames, think about the possibility of building bait hives in preparation for the May/ June swarm season. A bait hive is a swarm-catching box. I have captured some nice swarms in boxes set in trees, and it seems easier than answering a swarm call, which may come at an … [Read more...]

Home Made Queen Marking Tube

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Though this guy seems to have more shop tools than many have at their disposal, it is a nifty idea.   Thanks to Prince William Regional Beekeepers for pointing us to this video. … [Read more...]

Marking Queens by Hand with Michael Palmer

Marking Queens by Hand with Michael Palmer

Thanks to Prince William Regional Beekeepers for pointing us to this video. … [Read more...]

Reading Rainbow – The Life Cycle of the Honeybee

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In 1987 Tony Jadczak, Maine’s State Apiarist and David Smith of Sparky's Apiaries, were featured on the Reading Rainbow television show The Life Cycle of the Honeybee.  It is a a terrific educational piece.  Kudos gentlemen. The segment where Tony appears begins at 5:55. The Life Cycle of the Honeybee from WVPT on Vimeo. Where does honey come from? And how is it made? LeVar’s … [Read more...]

Guidance: How to Deal with Bears and Bees

A Bears and bees, illustration by Walter Crane from Baby's Aesop," published in 1887

from information provided by Judy Camuso, Wildlife Biologist, MDIFW Bears are often hungry in the spring (there is less food available and the females are feeding their young), and spring is when we typically get the most “nuisance” bear complaints. Our primary recommendation to people is pretty basic: remove the food source, so… take down bird feeders, feed pets indoors, keep all trash … [Read more...]

Dennis vanEngels­dorp Speaking at the 2011 Annual Meeting

Dennis vanEngels­dorp Speaking at the 2011 Annual Meeting

Morbidity and Mortality in the Bee Yard.... and what to do about it? PART I Dennis vanEngels­dorp Speaking at the Maine State Beekeepers Association Annual Meeting Saturday, October 15, 2011 Lewiston, Main … [Read more...]

Swarm Catching: A Fun [Club] Opportunity?

Carefully trimming the swarm-occupied branch into a box

We're now just a month away from the kickoff of our honey bee swarm season in Maine. With a little preparation, and the right attitude, we can have fun rescuing some of Mother Nature's most healthy, robust colonies. Without our help, they are probably in for a short lifespan as a feral colony in a small tree, your neighbor's attic, or even worse, stuck out in the open come late … [Read more...]

When Disaster Strikes

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In late winter, beekeepers often find themselves thinking about their bees. Apprehension is most common when the previous fall had dismal honey production and when houses creak and snap on bone-chilling nights during January and February. Unfortunately, there isn’t much northern beekeepers can do during the dead of winter. At best, newspaper can be added on top of fiberboards of live hives that … [Read more...]