Beekeepers Guild members Tom & Barbra Hickey stopped traffic in downtown Norfolk's Ghent section on Saturday, March 24th, picking up a swarm of honey bees outside the Red Dog Saloon which had not yet opened for the day. Passersby called the Beekeepers Guild for our free bee swarm removal services. The bees are now safely relocated to a new hive and continuing their pollination efforts in peace. Thank you to WVEC TV-13 for sharing the pictures and keeping citizens updated about the progress! If you encounter a swarm of bees, please contact one of our beekeepers who will quickly and safely collect them so that they can begin a new colony in a protected location.
Last Updated (Friday, 06 April 2012 12:49)
Build a Nuc Box for Under $5
Beekeepers Guild member Jeff Richley illustrates the step-by-step instructions for building a nuc box out of a 2' X 4' sheet of plywood in this pictorial guide. Perfect for making splits or housing swarms!
Last Updated (Thursday, 12 April 2012 11:07)
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center, 1444 Diamond Springs Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455.
Workshop is full - preregistration required!
Ever wonder exactly how bees convert nectar into honey? Why do they make more honey than they need to survive? What can you do as a beekeeper to maximize honey production? How should you harvest and process honey to maintain its wholesome goodness?
Join Dr. Rick Fell, Virginia's Extension Apiculturist and Keith Tignor, Virginia's State Apiarist, as they demystify honey production for us in a workshop designed to help beekeepers understand the principles behind a bountiful honey harvest.
9:00 – 9:45 How bees make honey and Supering colonies (R. Fell)
9:45 – 10:30 Managing hives for Spring Build-up and Honey Production (K.Tignor)
10:30 – 10:50 Break10:50 – 11:30 Techniques for Removing Honey from Hives (Fell).
11:30- 12:15 Honey Extraction for the small beekeeper (Tignor)
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch
1:15 – 2:00 BONUS Presentation by Dr. Fell: Hive Evaluation: Colony Strength to Queen Quality as he has presented nationally including the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association meeting
2:00 – 3:00 Demonstrations:
Please contact Pam Fisher if you would like to register for this workshop or require further information.
Last Updated (Monday, 05 March 2012 13:45)
Devastating honey bee pest intercepted in Norfolk
NORFOLK, VA - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists in Norfolk have made a first in the nation pest interception of the red mason bee, a bee native to the United Kingdom. Had the red mason bee been introduced in the U.S., the honey bee population would have been severely impacted.
On February 2nd, a containerized shipment of household goods originating from the United Kingdom was inspected and an unknown pest was discovered within a rolled rug.
The agricultural specialists were contacted and with the assistance of a Plant Protection and Quarantine Entomologist, identified the pest as a red mason bee.
The bee is commonly found in the United Kingdom, and is not established in the United States. The intercepted pupae were confirmed to have parasitic mites, and subsequently, if allowed in the U.S. could have had a devastating impact on the U.S. honey bee population.
“The Port of Norfolk has a dedicated group of Agriculture Specialists protecting this country from the introduction of harmful pests and plant diseases”, said Mark Laria, area Port Director in Norfolk. “I am very proud of their efforts”.
The shipment will be fumigated prior to release.
Last Updated (Thursday, 16 February 2012 12:06)
National Honey Bee Disease & Pest Survey Report 2010-2011
Paper prepared by Karen Rennich, Jeff Pettis, Dennis S Vanengelsdorp, Jerry Hayes, Michael Andre, Rob Snyder, Karen Roccasessa, Nathan Rice, Jay Evans, Dawn Lopez, Vic Levi, Margaret Smith Nishit Patel and Robyn Rose
The 2010 Limited National survey, focusing on 13 states, was performed to expand and augment the baseline pest and pathogen data collected from the pilot study conducted in 2009.It is the most comprehensive U.S. honey bee pest and disease survey to date. The primary focus of this survey was to verify the absence of the parasitic mite Tropilaelaps and other exotic threats to the U.S. bee population (e.g., Apis cerana). Under current international trade agreements, the U.S. cannot deny import permits from other nations unless the exporting nation has a disease, parasite, or pest of honey bees that is not found in the U.S. Establishing the absence of threats to honey bee populations not thought to be present in the U.S. was the primary objective of this effort.
To capitalize on the information gathered from this survey, samples were analyzed for other honey bee diseases and parasites known to be present in the U.S. The survey results are used to gauge the overall health of colonies and to help create a disease level baseline to help interpret ongoing and future epidemiological studies. The 2010-2011 National Survey effort was limited to collection of samples from 13 states including Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. A total of 349 samples representing over 2,700 colonies were collected. A further expansion of this survey is planned for 2011/2012 with the number of participating states increasing to 33.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:11)
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