Next Meeting : March 18, 2018

At our March meeting, FLBC member and Bee Wellness-trained instructor Christina Wahl will run a deadout clinic, helping us learn how to diagnose why a colony died. There are lots of factors out there, but looking at (photographs of) the hive and reading samples of bees can help narrow it down. She’ll bring a microscope to show us how to diagnose Nosema as well.

If you’ve got (or can get) photos of your deadout hives, send them to Christina in advance ( If you’ve got (or can get) physical samples of bees, bring them. We may not have time to look at them together, but it’ll be good to have them just in case.
If you do intend to take photos or collect samples, take a look at the procedure outlined below, to get more useful data.
Diagnosis of your deadout(s) will be more rewarding and more accurate if you follow a standardized approach. You should not just tear the hives apart, instead, as you begin to go through your deadouts in preparation for the deadout clinic, it’s important that you photograph your hives in a sequential way that allows us to evaluate all possible clues. Make sure that you take your pictures in the *exact sequence listed below*, and BEFORE brushing off any dead bees. Also, do not wait until the hive starts to get moldy! Begin photographing and disassembling your hive as soon as convenient after you notice that they have died. This is especially imperative in a warm winter like this one:

PHOTOGRAPH in the following order:
1. front of each dead hive including both entrances (this might require two photos).
2. top of inner cover after you lift off the outer cover and before you do anything else.
3. top bars on top hive body immediately under the inner cover.
4. top bars on lower hive body.
5. bottom board after lifting off the overlying box, and before moving or sweeping it.
6. representative frame from last location of the cluster. Make a note as to where within the hive your bees were clustered when they died. Make a note as to whether brood was present, and note that location as well. Photograph any brood you find.


2018 Nuc order (now closed, no more orders accepted)

For the 201​8  season, the club officers have  decided to pre-order 35 nucs from Dadant (who are not selling package bees this year) who in turn will be supplied from Nature’s Way Farm. Nucs differ from packages in that you will get 4 frames and brood, not just bees. We have been told that the price, tax included, will $151, and you can order up to five through the club. If the price turns out to be substantially higher, we will contact you.

To pay for your nuc using a credit card, go to:

 ​and add a nuc to your basket. (You can go to your basket and change quantities if you want more than one nuc.) If your membership has lapsed, you’ll need to renew, and you can do that online through this link:

The online system will walk you through the checkout process.

 To pay for your nuc by check, make it payable to “Finger Lakes Beekeepers Club” and mail it to: George Myers, 8373 Falls Road, Trumansburg, NY 14886.

If you are trying to decide between ordering a nuc through the club, or a package on your own, check out this Nuc Versus Packages comparison list at


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 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.

Have a swarm of bees? Checkout the Resources Link/ Take My Bees