Yesterday I hosted our Staten Island Bee keeping Meetup group for a brunch meeting. Had a great time and learned a few things. Gave a tour of my gardens and apiary also. By the way, I'm hosting an apiary tour and short lecture on natural bee-keeping methods on Sat. Sept. 12th between 11 and 2. All are welcome and its free. E-mail me for directions. firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, August 14, 2015
After all these years I have finally found mites in my drop pan. Two of the overwintered hives have them. In hive No. 3 I found one, and in hive No. 2 I found four. Both of these hives were the ones I had made such a critical error in not using top bars in every box. Here's hoping that the bees can take care of them as they did the beetles. I have also been finding a lot of moths in the drop pan. This seems to be an added bonus, because I think they are trying in vane to sneak in the back but can't get in and then get covered with D. earth and die. Have also found a couple moth larvae too, also dead.