Dates to BEE Remembered:
August 9-19th, 2007 Iowa State Fair,
Des Moines, IA
November 16th & 17th, 2007 IHPA Annual
Meeting, Marshalltown, IA
To add an important date to the list, contact
the Buzz by email at
The Field Day sponsored by the IHPA will not
be held this summer. Due to busy schedules and some unfortunate
resignations, we are unable to provide a complete agenda and would
rather members spend some time working your honey bees.
We are experiencing unusual things taking place
in our colonies and the membership needs to stay on top of any
problems that arise. If you need any assistance, contact any officer
or board member of the IHPA or contact Maury Wills at IDALS to
get an inspector out to visit you.
Please help us get the word out that the Field
Day has been cancelled for 2007.
|Wanted: Buckwheat Honey
260 Washington Ave.
Alden, MN 56009-1007
|FOR SALE: Queens from high producing Carniolan
stock that has survived an Iowa winter. Available from late
June to early Sept. Marked queens are $12.50 each. Shipping
and insurance on small lots runs $7. Shipping to most points
in Iowa is overnight.
Contact Adam or Phil Ebert
at 641-527-2639 or
|For Sale: 2 gallon buckets with lids. Great
for feeder buckets or small quantities of honey. 1-10, $1;
11+, 75 cents.
Contact Phil Ebert 631-527-2639 or
|For Sale: Going out of bee business. Complete
Cowen uncapping and extracting system. Other equipment –
come see what else.
5737 Cumming Ave.
Cumming, IA 50061
Bitty Bee update
The regression to a smaller size bee is going
better than I had hoped. By the time this update is in the Buzz
all of the package large bees that I started with will be gone
and I will have all small bees. They are about the size of a yellow
jacket and are kind of cute.
I was told that the bees might mess up the small
cell foundation on the first try, but overall the comb looks very
good. I have had regular size bees mess up new regular foundation
a lot worse. At this time I can not see any different between
the hives with Italian or Carniolan queens. The first real test
will come when I do the first mite test around the first of June.
I plan on testing for mites each month.
When I started writing this update I had not
been stung by the little bees yet. I since have been stung twice
on the same leg at the same spot about a week apart. Both stings
felt the same as the larger bees, but the stinger was not left
behind so there was no swelling. I have had mosquito bites that
I was surprised to see the bitty bees that were
started on all new foundation bringing in more honey than my larger
bees that were started on all drawn comb. Then I looked at the
queen excluder and the bitty bees go right threw the excluder,
the larger bees hesitate.
I lost one queen and the bees did make six superseder
cells. These queen cells are about half the size of most queen
cells. Now it is easy to find the large queen in the small bees.
A smaller queen could be harder to find. I am not sure if the
queen excluder will work now. Will let everyone know how that
works out next month.
Submitted by Delmar Nelson