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This educational meeting is being held by the Wake County Beekeeper's Association.

The Club meets the second Tuesday of the month and we meet at the Wake County Extension Center on Carya Drive.  Physical address is 4011 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610.

Mix & Mingle with Mentors and Masters starts at 7:00pm where we serve snacks and beverages and members are encouraged to come early to network, ask questions, find answers to challenges, learn tips and tricks etc.  Our meeting promptly starts at 7:30. We address business old and new, then sometime after that we introduce and welcome our Guest Speaker.

February 12, 2013
Speaker: Nancy Ruppert; State Apiary Inspector
Topic: Honey Bee Nutrition
Note: CD will be available for purchase $5.00 each - that will have Everything and more that Nancy discusses.  This is an invaluable resource that includes links, the outline she will be using, PowerPoint presentation, the Honey Bee Nutrition book: Fat Bees, Skinny Bees, Youtube demos on making Fondant, Best Plants for Pollinators and more.  A must have for your library.  We are offering this resource so you can absorb and enjoy Nancy and her presentation without having to frantically take notes!  See Kim Underhill - Program Director for the Wake County Beekeeper's Association to purchase


All are welcome!  Come one come all.  The more the merrier!

Johnston County Beekeeper's Association
Monthly Meeting Announcement

Date: January 21, 2013

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Johnston County Agricultural Center (LAB!!!!!!) {2736 NC Highway 210, Smithfield, NC 27577}

Speaker: Pam Daugherty; Johnston County Health Department

Topic: EpiPen Training

Room Change ~ we will be meeting in the Lab this month located inside the Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service.  (Follow the signs in the building)

- Attendees to this meeting will receive a "Certificate of Attendance"

The following is an e-mail conversation between an extension agent and Dr. Tarpy.

Good afternoon Agents!
I have a beekeeper who has hives near soybean fields and has seen lots of kudzu bugs congregating near the entrance of the hives. I figure that the bugs are looking for somewhere warm and are not doing harm to the bees. Has anyone else seen this and is there any threat to the bees?

Any help would be great. I've copied Dr. Tarpy as well.


Hi Amanda,

I haven't heard any widespread reports of this phenomenon, but it wouldn't surprise me if the kudzu bugs are indeed being opportunistic here (for warmth, shelter, or both). They should not pose any problems for strong, healthy colonies, as the guard bees should keep them at bay. Even for weaker colonies, they likely won't do any harm since they won't be harming the nest, robbing honey reserves, or transmitting disease. This time of year, beekeepers are starting to prepare for overwintering, which would often entail installing entrance reducers, which would further help the bees police the entrances for any unwanted freeloaders.

Let me know if you have any other questions! Sincerely, David

Our December meeting will include a "honey exchange" and anyone who wishes to participate can bring a 1 pound jar or larger of honey to enter into the exchange.  This is a good opportunity to try honey from friends in other parts of the county.  Our December meeting usually includes a cover dish dinner and a bee movie.