The Pesticide Toxicity to Bees “Traffic Light” PDF file can be accessed along with other documents. The pesticides listed are arranged by Highly Toxic, Moderately Toxic and Relatively Nontoxic to bees. Specific pesticide uses are categorized as Microbiocide, Miticide, Insecticide, Fungicide, Herbicide, Growth Regulator, or Repellent.
The Honey Bee Research Center at The University of Guelph located in Ontario, Canada produced 32 How-To Videos during 2016. They are excellent. You may watch these videos on their website HERE or select them from Youtube HERE. ENJOY!
The Honey Bee Research Center maintains populations of a hybrid strain of honey bees known as Buckfast bees. This is a man-made bee race and is a cross of many strains of bees, developed by Karl Kehrle, also known as Brother Adam, who was in charge of beekeeping from 1919 to about 1995 at Buckfast Abbey in Devon in the United Kingdom, where the bees are still bred today. Notes about the different types of Honey Bees, including Buckfast, are discussed in Beekeeping Notes 1.12 from NC State.
Updated August 3, 2018
Alamance County Beekeepers Meeting & Programs for 2018
The Bee Lab at The Ohio State University has made available a Webinar entitled “Mite Check: Using Beekeeper Citizen Science to Transmit Bee Health Information, Not Varroa destructor” by Becky Masterman, University of Minnesota Bee Lab, Bee Squad Associate Director. A PDF handout is also available for download here.
On the above webpage under “UMN Bee Lab” find the following:
Pest Manual PDF, UMN
Varroa mite test kit, UMN
Powdered Sugar Roll instruction sheet, UMN
And links to Honey Bee Health Coalition and Varroa management links, OSU Bee Lab are also posted.
The University of Minnesota’s Department of Entomology Bee Lab has also posted videos with the following video titles:
Hiving Bees in Rain and Sleet
Looking into a New Colony
Looking at a Frame
Adding a Brood Box
Adding a Second Super
Working Bees Without Gloves
A Few Words about Comb
On Frames and Foundation
Finding the Queen
If you have noticed, our newsletter’s editor has an inclination for historical bee and beekeeping literature. If your historic interest parallels that of our editor’s, as it does mine, then I have just the links for you. The last page of January 2017 issue of the Alamance County Beekeepers Newsletter featured a copy of the last page of Volume 1 from the January 1861 issue of The American Bee Journal entitled “Monthly Management.” This page was retrieved from “The Hive and the Honeybee” digital collection that is part of the Everett Franklin Phillips Beekeeping Collection housed in the Mann Library at Cornell University. This site includes access to the complete digital volumes of the The American Bee Journal published between 1861 and 1900. Once a volume is selected from HERE the format for viewing that document can be selected from the menu item entitled “Format” either as an image or text or PDF. Note that text search boxes are available. Currently online there are 48 books and 30 volumes of The American Bee Journal published between 1861 and 1900.
Another website that may pique your interest can be found HERE at The Charles C. Miller Apicultural Collection at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that currently includes digitized copies of the following 14 beekeeping serial titles HERE:
New England Apiarian
National Bee Gazette
North American Bee Journal
Queen Breeders Journal
White Mountain Apiarist
Pacific States Bee Journal
Western Bee Journal
Pacific Bee Journal
Moon’s Busy Bee
Enjoy some winter reading!
If you attended our last meeting, we were treated to four different presentations. Our President, Ira Poston, initially introduced Mr. Richard French, the coach for FIRST LEGO League team of four kids from Alamance County. Each year FIRST LEGO League team at the ready to test their smoker fuel. (Photo: Richard French)[/caption]
The next three presentations during our meeting by 1st-year beekeepers Sally Bryan & Darrell Holt and 2nd-year beekeeper Zivon Price were both informative and entertaining.
During the Burlington Christmas Parade on November 19th the Alamance County Beekeepers introduced Sweet Betsy (aka Jennifer Welsh) to the city. Our mascot’s name is from the native red flowered sweet betsy bush (
During the parade Sweet Betsy was transported in Randy Stinson’s float (aka BMW). Sweet Betsy made her first appearance to the public during the Farm-To-Table event on September 20th & 21st at Historic Cedarock Park. Members Ira Poston, Corey Gillespie, Mike Ross, Randy Stinson, and Charles Black also participated as some 800 fourth graders experienced ever so briefly the wonders of honey bees, beekeeping and pollination services.
Members Zivon Price and Sheyenne Michelizzi assembled and created the following display that was delivered to the fair grounds on Tuesday, October 11 with the help of Ira Poston.
Our booth received 4th place overall.
Zivon & Sheyenne’s display of Geoff Leister’s (No.’s 1 – 12) Nectar and Pollen producing plants received a 1st place. Posted images HERE.
Geoff Leister’s Black & White photo (No. 13) received a 3rd place ribbon
Mike Ross: Chunk Honey received a 3rd place ribbon.
Keith Elkes: Pure Beeswax received a 2nd place ribbon.
Sylvia Willis: Gift Basket received a 6th place ribbon.