Author: The Bumbling Beekeeper

Hive inspection

Varroa Bombs – Take Two

If you saw my post on Varroa Bombs from this spring, you read about how my Purdue hive likes to rob from a neighbor’s hive when they are sick and dying. Well, they did it again. When I did the sugar shake on this hive on June 29th, they had 2/300 varroa mites. On August …

Action, Beekeeper Support

Register Your Hives

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has joined other states in partnering with FieldWatch, an online mapping service to help prevent crop damage and bee deaths due to accidental/unintended pesticide drift. FieldWatch is currently operating in fourteen states and one Canadian province: Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, …

Musings

Bananas, Stings, and Humility Take Two

This is a picture of my husband John. John eats a banana every day. You’ve probably heard about how the banana smell closely mimics the scent that bees mark you with when they sting you. It’s a smell that means, “Sting this animal here!” to other honey bees. We’ve known for years that because John …

What's Blooming Now

What’s Blooming – August 2017

It’s been a dry, hot summer and we are just starting to see some of the fall wildflowers making an appearance. We’re looking forward to Stickweed, Ironweed, Aster, and Joe Pye Weed. Clover continues to bloom and we are starting to see some Goldenrod coming into bloom. There are still mimosas and sumac trees blooming. …

Hive inspection

Summer Mite Count Checks & Congrats Bobby!

Bobby Byrd is a new beekeeper this year and he just received his NCSBA Master Beekeeper Program Certification. So, congratulations Bobby! Bobby has been working with me quite a bit in the bee yard this spring and today we did sugar shakes on 2 of the 6 hives to check on mite load in the …

Hive inspection

Meet the Bees!

The following video is an early morning walk through of the hives at Lazy Creek Apiary. In order of appearance we have: The Purdue Anklebiters The Mountain Bees (Buckfast/Carniolan) first and second generation hives The Swarm Bees (maybe Russian) The Pol-line Bees (VSH Italian) The Hygienic Italian Bees (3rd generation) As always, turn up the …

Vendors: Queens, Nucs, and Packages

Queens, Nucs, and Packages

The following are my suggestions for buying queens, packages, and nucs. If you have a good source for any, please email me with the pertinent information and include some information about why you are recommending them. The following dealers have been approved by the NC Department of Agriculture to sell bees in North Carolina and …