It’s time to order your nucs!

As a service to beginning beekeepers the FLBC coordinates nuc (nucleus) orders in the spring for its members.  We order through Wixon’s and the bees come from Kutik.  The specifics about our nuc orders are:

  • 4-frame nucs plus a feeder (occasionally a box will have 5 frames).  This means that you will get four deep frames of bees, brood in various stages of development (eggs to larvae), a laying queen and some honey to feed them.  You will need to transfer the frames from the box they arrive in to your hive bodies.
  • Cost: $80 per nuc, plus a $10 box fee (refundable if you return the box)
  • A word on the quality, from ex-president Mike Griggs:  “these nucs overall are just great, really full of bees.  Several times people have pick up their nuc & not moved them into a full deep only to have them swarm.   Got one call, one year,  the bees had absconded because the new beekeeper did not get them moved & they can be very full & crowded”
  • They will be ready for pickup around the second week in May (pickup location TBD)

If you were at the January 17 club meeting, and put your name down for nucs, we have your request but you need to pay in order to finalize your order (see below).

The Club has ordered a total of 40 nucs.  Club members have already spoken for about 24 34 of them.  If you haven’t already expressed interest in a nuc, email Barb DeWall.

Please note that you are guaranteed a nuc only once you’ve paid.  To secure your order, send a check payable to the Finger Lakes Beekeepers Club for the requisite amount ($90 per nuc) to the Club treasure:

Barb DeWall
3166 Perry City Road
Trumansburg, NY  14886

If you want to order more than five nucs, call Wixson’s directly at 607-243-7301.

February 13th Meeting in Geneva

Joint Meeting with the Ontario Finger Lakes Club

February 13, 2010, Geneva, NY
Our third annual joint meeting features Larry Connor, noted beekeeper, author and lecturer.
Larry writes a monthly article in the American Bee Journal. He travels extensively and
explores beekeeping practices all over the USA and the world. He has authored several books
on beekeeping and in his recent book Bee Sex Essentials he describes how the sex life of bees
directly impacts the life of the colony. He is advocating dramatic changes in the way
beekeepers obtain quality queens. He is promoting a sample bee breeding program for the
sideliner beekeeper who wants to produce queens from survivor, locally adapted hygienic and
mite resistant strains of bees.
Jordan Hall at Cornell Experimental Station
630 W. North St. , Geneva, New York 14456
1pm Welcome
1:30 Larry Connor
2:30 Business and Refreshments
3:30 Larry Connor
4:30 Closing
Vendors and Prizes
No charge for admission due to the fundraising activities of our Bee Clubs
Mike Griggs
Sam Hall
June Butkas

Directions to Jordan Hall

North to Geneva. I take 89 till just before Hosmer winery & then cut across to Rt96. at the intersection in Ovid I take 96A along the East side of Seneca lake to Rt5/20 turn left (west) toward Geneva.

Take the first right on Lake Street, taking the first right again past the RailRoad tracks onto Exchange Street. Take the left at North Street and go past the Geneva Hospital.

Head straight once you see Castle Street crossing W. North Street Jordan Hall will be on the right.


Point your GPS units to:

630 W. North Street, Geneva, NY

Bees Release Deadly Odor That Shortens Sibling Lifespans

Here’s one way to get back at your sibling: Release a deadly odor. Honeybee researchers have discovered the first example of a pheromone that shortens the lifespan of other family members — in this case, older sisters.

“Just one little sniff can change your life,” said biologist Gro Amdam of Arizona State University, co-author of a study published Dec. 1 in The Journal of Experimental Biology. “That’s kind of cool.”

As bees continue to die off…


For Collin County commercial beekeeper John Talbert, the mysterious malady that is killing off bees means he’s keeping his hives close to home.

“It’s like people and the swine flu: The more people you get together in one spot, the higher probability you’re going to have a health problem,” said Talbert, who lives near Josephine in southeastern Collin County. “I don’t move them around and keep them isolated.”

But here and abroad, many other beekeepers haven’t been as fortunate.

Last winter, 29 percent of U.S. hives were lost to the mysterious phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder, according to a survey conducted by the Apiary Inspectors of America and the U.S. Agriculture Department. The disorder was first noticed in 2005.

Colony collapse disorder has a variety of suspected causes: pesticides, varroa mites, viruses, stress from shipping hives long distances to pollinate crops — or some combination. Colony collapse disorder typically affects commercial hives and generally not those kept by hobbyists.



Youth Apprentice Applications

Youth Apprentice: The club last year approved the allocation of funds–$100–for one annual youth apprentice.  Our apprentice last year–Nikki–was able to get a real feel for beekeeping and contributed her time and energy during club-sponsored events.  Applications will be reviewed at our meeting on January 17, 2010.  First consideration will go to mentor applicants who are active, participating members of FLBC as the goal is to engage the young person in the beekeeping community (ours) as well as in beekeeping.