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:
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:
3166 Perry City Road
Trumansburg, NY 14886
If you want to order more than five nucs, call Wixson’s directly at 607-243-7301.
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.”
BY BILL HANNA
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.