Renew Club Membership for 2021

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Here are the online options and the mail in options for renewing your local club and state dues for 2021:

Pay Club Dues Only – $10 HERE 

Pay Both Club and State Dues  – $25  HERE

Pay NCSBA dues directly – $15 HERE

Please note, all online membership renewals will carry over contact preferences from the prior year. (Email vs. mail)

If you prefer to pay by check and join by mail, renew your club membership using the printable and fillable ACB Membership Form HERE and the NCSBA Form HERE to expedite getting your membership card. Please be sure to click on the “Club Dues Only” link above to support our club.

Five OSU Bee Lab Pollinator-Focused Webinars

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The Ohio State University Bee Lab recently featured a series of 5 well crafted pollinator-focused presentations. This series was co-sponsored by the OSU Department of Entomology and Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens with support from NIFA’s IPM Pollinator Health grant and the Manitou Fund. Links to the presenters presentations are listed below:

Jamie Strange, OSU Department of Entomology
Video:
Conserving Bumble Bees Across North America

Heather Holm, Books by Heather Holm
Video:
Creating and Enhancing Native Bee Habitat in Your Garden 

Olivia Carril, Co-author The Bees in Your Backyard
Video: Dreaming of World Bees: Steps We Can All Take to Ensure A Bee-utiful Future

Jennifer Thieme, Monarch Joint Venture
Video: Monarch Biology and Conservation: The 10,000 Foot Overview

Doug Tallamy, Doug Tallamy’s Hub
Video: Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard

Additional links to resources for all 5 recorded presentations can be found HERE

Bees wanna swarm!

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It’s that time of year again! Honey bee populations are burgeoning in their hives and when that happens, a large part of the colony might separate out and take off. It’s how honey bee colonies reproduce. After leaving the hive, the worker bees, along with their queen, first find a place to hang for a while — in a tree, on a bicycle chain or a fence, or on any other comfy site — while scout bees look for a new place to call home.
If you notice a swarm, please don’t be alarmed, and please don’t do harm. The bees are calm and non-defensive in a swarm state, though they can appear scary. It’s actually an awesome and thrilling sight and you are lucky to witness it!

Happy spring time!
Honey Bee Swarms Do Not Always Land in Trees
The above text was originally posted by Cynthia Pierce, County Extension Support Specialist and Alamance County Beekeepers Newsletter Editor.
Photos above by Geoff Leister

Swarm and Bee Removal

Welcome to Alamance County Swarm and Bee Removal

Honey Bees in Swarms

If you are requesting that a swarm of bees (honey bees ONLY) be removed from your property in Alamance County, North Carolina, and surrounding areas, please contact:
             Jeff Telander at 919-618-8094.
He will call the nearest available local beekeeper to collect the swarm.

Honey Bees in Structures

If honey bees are seen coming and going from your home, tree or outbuilding this requires more technical removal options called “Trap Outs” or “Cut outs” and most beekeepers all charge for this service as explained on Forsyth County Beekeepers webpage HERE. They have also posted a clear and very informative Bee Removal FAQ. After reading the information, please contact Jeff about possible removals in Alamance County.

Depending on the task, such as of a swarm removal versus an established colony housed in a structure, beekeepers will sometimes charge for the latter service. You can find out why HERE?

We only remove honey bees and NOT carpenter bees, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets, or bumblebees. Here is a useful Bee Identification Guide.

Questions that Jeff may ask!

1. Are they honey bees?
2. Are bees entering a structure or in a mass outside?

3. When were they noticed?
4. What has been done?
5. Has any pesticide been used?
6. Has anyone else been called?
7. Has anyone been stung? Might indicate an aggressive (dry) swarm.
8. How large is the cluster/swarm? Basketball or softball size?
9. Where is it, specifically?
10. How high up are they?
11. Do you plan to call someone else?
12. Do we have permission to collect the bees?
13. Is this your property? Give me specific directions to get to the swarm site.

 

Guide to Native Bees in North Carolina

Here is a “honey” of a bee book that can be a guide to the identification of some of the more than 500 “other” North Carolina native bee species visiting the flowers in pollination gardens or flower beds. This book is published and distributed by UNC Press for NC State Extension and is described as follows:

“Identifying bees on the wing is known to be tricky. The Bees of North Carolina: An Identification Guide is a beginner’s resource designed to help quickly and generally identify native bees in North Carolina. Developed by experts at NC State Extension, it provides an overview of some of the most common groups of bees in the state. The guide will help users learn to recognize bees according to key characteristics and, eventually, according to their overall appearance.”

Thanks are due to authors Hannah Levenson, Graduate Research Associate, Entomology & Plant Pathology at NC State University and Dr. Elsa Youngsteadt, Assistant Professor, Extension Urban Ecology Specialist, for this excellent publication. The authors mention that even in December and January, you may often see Small Carpenter Bees (Ceratina), Sweat Bees (Lasioglossum) and Metallic Green Sweat Bees (Augochlora) out foraging with your honey bees on warm days.

The guide is available now to download as a FREE pdf file HERE

Paperback copies will be available from UNC Press for $14 in January 2020 and are available for pre-order HERE

Here are a few selected images of native bees that have visited our Burlington apiary and garden.

Female Cuckoo Leafcutter bee (Coelioxys) on Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)

Mining Bee (Andrena) on Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea)

Long-horned bee (Melissodes bimaculatus) on Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia)

Metallic Green Sweat Bee (Augochlora) on Cranesbill Geranium (Geranium maculatum)

Sweat Bee (Halictus ligatus) on Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

American Bumble Bee (Bombus pensylvanicus) nectaring on Giant Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)

Flowering in Alamance County, NC

At noon on Sunday, November 24, 2019, bees were flying and foraging on the Climbing Aster (Ampelaster carolinianus) in the apiary. This not only included honey bees, but also Bumblebees and small native bees. Honey bees were nectaring and gathering pollen. This member of the Asteraceae plant family is a native perennial vine that produces abundant pale purple to lavender flowers beginning in late October. It grows with support from a trellis or fencing to 4 to 5 feet tall, and frost does not seem to impede the flowering. It attracts both bees and butterflies well into November here in the Piedmont of NC. The plant does better in full sun, but will survive in partial shade.

Pollen gathering honey bee on Climbing Aster (Ampelaster carolinianus)

In flight honey bee approaching a Climbing Aster flower (Ampelaster carolinianus)

Links to UK National Honey Show Presentations

Under “Resources,”  I have posted links to four presentations presented at the 2018 National Honey Show in Surrey, England by Dr. Clarence Collison. He writes monthly column “A Closer Look” for Bee Culture magazine. He is an Emeritus Professor of Entomology and Department Head Emeritus of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS.