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Bkids Readers: Click & download this poster and fill it in during 2017.
Loads of fun. 


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Translated into pounds sterling, $182,000 equals £146,000. Something to think about.

Cartoon: Eastern Piedmont BKA




First Spring inspection – when and how!

Chose a warm day (14C plus) on which the bees are flying. Keep your inspection brief to avoid chilling the brood. Keep in your mind what you are checking –

  • Food stores
  • Laying queen
  • Queenless colony – laying workers?
  • Queenless colony – no brood or queen cells?
  • Drone laying queen?
  • Disease?
  • Space for queen to lay (brood chamber frames)
  • Space for nectar (super frames)
  • State of the combs

Record what you find.

It is not necessary to use the first inspection to get everything done though you can quickly add the queen excluder (make sure the queen is in the brood chamber!) and a super. The two key things that must be checked are:
1) Food stores and 2) The queen.




Flowers for my bees?

plant for bees   Planning a garden? Re-planting? People often ask, ‘which flowers should I plant in my garden to provide food for the honey bees?’ A good question, now that the planting season is here! Here is a list to get you started!

Can you tell the difference?

One is a honey bee, one is a wasp (yellow jacket) and one is a bumble bee. (Photos: Wasp: Bruger Glen; Bumble bee – Christian Bauer; Honey bee – Minette Layne) 3 insects pic


The honey bee is in the middle photo. Did you know which one it was? Not everyone can tell the difference, so if you knew, then well done you!


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