October 31, 2014

Registration is Open for the MSBA Annual Meeting and Conference

Dr. Deborah Delaney Assistant Professor Entomology & Wildlife Ecology University of Delaware

  Saturday, October 19, 2013 Theme for 2013: Sustainability — Bee Prepared! Location: The Italian Heritage Center 40 Westland Avenue Portland, ME 04102  [ map ] *Current MSBA Membership is required to attend the Annual Meeting Register online in the MSBA Store » Or, register by filling out the 2013 Annual Meeting Registration Form (PDF)  and mailing it in by October 12, … [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...]

December 2011 – The Beekeepers Calendar

Hive Wrapped for Winter in Maine

Leave the bees alone and hope for a January thaw so the bees can have a cleansing flight. Register for the North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow (ABF Annual Conference) January 10-14, 2012 Las Vegas, Nevada Reserve your spot for the Vermont Beekeepers Meeting on January 24th, 2012 Assemble and repair beekeeping equipment. Purchase new equipment if necessary … [Read more...]

Fall Finale

Now is the time to gather and properly store any remaining beekeeping equipment, dead outs and sort through honeycomb.

Maine beekeepers are on the “home stretch” for the 2011 season. By mid-October, colonies with queen issues should have been united or culled, had Varroa treatment, and fed sugar syrup when needed. Fortunately, most hives have heavy brood nests and large populations of young, fat, fuzzy bees this fall. Varroa populations are low and symptoms of viral infections are minimal in contrast to this time … [Read more...]

November 2011 – The Beekeepers Calendar

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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. Read periodicals. This monthly post is adapted from "The Beekeepers … [Read more...]

Déjà vu?

R. S. Torrey Maine State Beehive, Bangor, 1859. Torrey’s hive was even referenced on the reverse side of a Civil War Toke

Periodically, I have the opportunity to rediscover my beekeeping library. Usually these encounters happen during winter, but this July, opportunity knocked when Matt Scott stopped by. Matt was preparing a lecture on the history of Maine beekeeping for the Bridgeton Historical Society and was in need of references and hive patents for his talk. Maine has several noteworthy beekeeping authors and … [Read more...]

Reflections on 2010

A honeybee found with deformed wing virus and Varroa mites.

The past year presented several valuable lessons to beekeepers. For example: bees should be managed according to weather conditions and plant phenology, not calendar date; monitoring Varroa is crucial since mite populations can explode under certain circumstances; and the timing and choice of Varroa treatment can have variable outcomes. Also, reading pesticide labels is imperative!   In … [Read more...]

One Beek’s View of the 2010 Maine State Beekeepers Annual Meeting

Maine beekeepers enjoy socializing, snacking, perusing raffle items and sampling honey contest entries in USM’s Abromson Center lobby.

by Geoff MacLean The University of Southern Maine campus was all a buzz on Saturday October 16th as beekeepers from across Maine swarmed Hannaford Hall the Abromson Center for the second Maine State Beekeepers Association Annual Meeting of 2010 hosted by the York County Beekeepers Association. Last spring, the MSBA Board decided to move the annual meeting from late spring to mid-fall in the … [Read more...]

Propolis, Propolis Everywhere

image of propolis from: http://www.beecausepollinationproject.com/blogs/news

The 2010 honey harvest is complete and many beekeepers report a good summer crop and a disappointing fall harvest. In many areas of the state the honey flow shut off like a spigot during the early part of August due to the drought conditions during the summer. Plants resumed nectar production after some late summer rain, but it was too little, too late. In general the goldenrod honey flow didn’t … [Read more...]

Inspector’s Comments – April 2006

Tony Jadczak, Maine State Bee Inspector

True to form, “March came in like a lion and went out like a lamb”. Honey bees were gathering pollen in the southern half of the state during the last week of March when temperatures reached the upper 50’s and lower 60’s. The sight of incoming pollen is possibly as welcome to northern beekeepers as it is to the bees.   During April, bee management concerns monitoring the hive’s food … [Read more...]