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NCSU Apiculture update - be part of the 'swarm collective'

Hi everyone,

As the summer heats up, our bees are stabilizing but the varroa mites are starting to ramp up their populations. Every good beekeeper therefore monitors for mite levels in their hives, so why not share that information?!

Our new citizen science initiative, called the NCSU Swarm Collective, aims to do just that. We hope to gather information from beekeepers everywhere about what mite-management strategies they’re using and how effective they are. More information can be found at:


To take part, you only need a pair of hives, your standard mite-monitoring equipment (sticky boards and sugar-shake jars), and the downloadable data sheet to take notes. We also discussed the project at length in our latest apiculture webinar, so you can also watch that at your convenience. The first mite measurements need to be taken sometime in July, so time is of the essence if you wish to participate!

Feel free to broadcast widely, and let us know if you have any questions. Don’t pass up this opportunity to be part of a large-scale research project by beekeepers to help beekeepers!

Sincerely, David

David R. Tarpy
Professor and Extension Apiculturist
Department of Entomology, Campus Box 7613
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC  27695-7613
TEL: (919) 515-1660
FAX: (919) 515-7746
LAB: (919) 513-7702
WEB: http://entomology.ces.ncsu.edu/profile/david-tarpy/
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Bee Prepared for July 2014


  • Need honey jars, lids and labels
    • Quality attractive package
      • New glassware and lids with labels


  • Have your bees on their new location by the first week of July
    • Pollination services only
    • Add more honey supers if needed
  • Honey supers
    • Honey harvest month
    • Extract the honey removed last month or this month
      • Looking for super to have 2/3 frames full with some capped cells
    • Need supers available for fall
    • Return extracted supers at night to the colonies
      • Prevents robbing
      • Entrance reducers also work to prevent robbing
    • Store dry supers after fed to bees
  • Inspections
    • Check for health of colony regularly
      • Brood and queen
    • Continue to check your supers


  • Swarms
    • Continue to check for swarm preparations
    • Combine swarm ready colonies with weak colonies

Online Beginning Beekeeping Course

Want to be taught by the best when it comes to honey bees?  Want to take a class at your own pace?  Want some hands on experience working honey bees?  Then this is the course for you.  Watch and participate in an online course offered by NCSU’s own Apicultural Specialist Dr. Tarpy.  The lectures are recorded, but you can interact with others taking the Johnston County Bee School.  There will be hands on demonstrations to reenforce the information gained from the weekly lessons.  Three weeks is all that it will take.  Open the attached flier if you would like more information or contact Amie Newsome 919-989-5380 for more details.

Online Beginning Beekeeping Course Flyer

Johnston County, NC