Our next meeting will be on Sunday, November 17, at 2pm at Cornell Cooperative  Extension (see below for directions).  Our guest will be David T. Peck and the topic of his talk is “Varroa destructor:  History, biology, transmission, management, and what the future may hold”

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Modern beekeeping is an exercise in learning as much as possible about the biology of two organisms: The honey bee, and the Varroa mite.  David T. Peck, Ph.D., will present an overview of the biology of this mite, and the history of its interactions with the western honey bee (Apis mellifera).  He will describe the ways that mites can spread between bee colonies, and discuss techniques to monitor and treat for the mites.  Currently a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Entomology at Cornell, Dr. Peck has studied the transmission biology of Varroa destructor, and has studied mite-resistance behaviors of: feral colonies in the Fingerlakes region, mite-infested bees of southern Madagascar, and mite-naive bees living on the mite-free island of Newfoundland, Canada.

Hope to see you you on the 17th!

Welcome to FLBC

Welcome to the Fingerlakes Beekeepers Club page. FLBC is a community of over 100 beekeepers at all levels of experience and expertise whose purpose is to share knowledge and appreciation of honeybees, to improve the craftsmanship of its members, and to provide opportunities for friendship and conviviality among members and their families. We meet each third Sunday of the month at 2:00 PM. During October – March (except December)  we meet at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Avenue in Ithaca. Anyone interested in honeybees is welcome to attend. During April – September, the season of hive management, meetings are at the Club Apiary on the “Back 40” of the Cayuga Nature Center. Four miles north of Ithaca on Highway 89, then left on Garrett, then right on Houghton. Grassy parking lot and hives are .1 mile on the right.

Beekeeping speakers, workshops and programs are sponsored throughout the year.