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.
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 2018 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:
The online system will walk you through the checkout process.
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.