To learn what a beekeeper should be doing each month along with what the honey bees are up to, refer to the Beekeeper's Monthly tips from Todd Balsiger from the Oregon State Beekeepers Association:
Varroa Mite Treatment
I stole this idea, fair & square, from Randy Oliver. Folks living outside of Boise might want to follow the methodology in the ScientificBeeking.com article instead of using this chart. The graph illustrates the treatment periods in color. Light blue is the thymol application period, formic acid is pink and oxalic acid is hidden in the corners as dark blue. In the case of thymol, the dates assume that thymol is on for 4 weeks and the supers can go on right after the product is removed, per the label.
Formic acid is bounded by temps. The color areas show the application period, the dates assume a three week application period. This may be a little obtuse. Check it out and send any questions. The intent here is that we can have a tool for the beginning beeks to use when trying to figure out when and with what to treat for varroa.
Jodi, from the Department of Agriculture made a presentation to the club in February. Below is the powerpoint slides:
Booklet from Penn State
TVBC Survey Results
See the pdf of the 2012 survey results:
ABJ article on Queens
Protein and Queen Rearing
What's Wrong With My Hive?
Great photos of frames, both healthy and diseased.
Honey Bee Treatment Information
For Tracheal Mites
List of Equipment for NewBees
Everything you need to get started in Beekeeping
Montana Native Plants for Pollinator-Friendly Plantings
Here is a guidebook for winterizing your bees written by:
Eliese Watson at
Apiaries and Bees for Communities in Alberta, Canada
Western Apicultural Society Journal
The February issue of the Western Apicultural Society Journal has been posted. Please go to:
Kevin and Steve on the Radio
Listen to Kevin and Steve talk about bees at:
Native Plants Attractive to Honeybees
Table of plants for this region