Maples are in bloom in the Mid West. The flowers are not much to look at. Is it odd to say that it’s my favorite flower? Certainly my bees look forward to their blooming. It’s time to get ready for spring. I love seeing this blossom each year.
I would appreciate any information and testimonials anyone might have related to new equipment offerings in the catalogs or that you may have constructed yourselves. I am presenting a discussion this upcoming Saturday on “New but useful equipment”. I could use some help.
I have posted a PDF file of my presentation, Robbing Behavior of Honey Bees for those interested in the subject.
After a (very) fast two weeks, my wife and I are once again home in Ohio. It will take many months to digest all the experiences, events, photos, and memories. To all the people who helped us find our way around the two countries and to the individuals who hosted us, we can only offer a humble thanks. It was a beautiful experience. (We saw some beehives, too, but I will talk about that later.)
Due to weather, bees cannot fly, but weather is warm enough to get out and see how things are. So far, all has worked well.
The 17th annual Alabama beekeeping symposium is over. About 475+ participants at the session. I want to thank everyone – participants, speakers, AL Beekeepers, ACES & Auburn administration and staff. Thanks for such a great experience.
Across Alabama, spring, 2012, appears to be here strangely early. Today, February 1, 2012, was 74 F. Bees crazy with pollen and nectar. Too good to be true or just be grateful?
Speaker notes for 60+ Years of Beekeeping. Notes from a presentation in Southeast Alabama. During the past 60 years, somethings have changed while some things are nearly the same. This is a short look at the differences.
I have posted a pdf file of my presentation, Honey Bees and the Green Movement for the 2012 Auburn University Spring Beekeeping Workshop
I have posted a short video clip of a back lit mature queen cell at: Candling a Mature Queen Cell. The procedure is occasionally used to be sure a queen is alive and well before the cell is introduced into the colony. In earlier days, a candle was used as the light source. The queen is not harmed by this procedure.