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(This presentation uses the poster set, available from the club, as a visual aid.)

INTRODUCTION:

INTRODUCE SELF AS BEEKEEPER AND MEMBER OF CLUB

USING POSTER ASK FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:
1. HOW MANY LEGS DOES A BEE HAVE? (SIX)
2. HOW MANY WINGS DOES A BEE HAVE? (FOUR)
3. HOW MANY EYES DOES A BEE HAVE? (FIVE)

IMPORTANCE OF BEES:

POLLINATION: TREES / FLOWERS / VEGETABLE GARDENS

MAKE HONEY

MEDICAL: ARTHRITIS / MULTIPLE SCHLORSIS — STINGS

SALVE FOR CUTS / BURNS / SURGERY

THREE KINDS OF BEES IN A COLONY:

QUEEN – (POSTER #5)
KEEPS THE HIVE TOGETHER AS A UNIT / LAYS EGGS
LIVES 1 – 2 YEARS
MARKED QUEEN – (POSTER #6) – EXPLAIN

DRONES – (POSTER #10)
MALE – SOLE PURPOSE IS TO MATE W/QUEEN.
LIFESPAN IS FROM SPRING TO LATE FALL.

WORKERS – (POSTER #3)
ALL FEMALES
LIFESPAN – 6 WKS IN SUMMER / 6 MONTHS IN WINTER.
DO ALL WORK IN THE HIVE INCLUDING:
NURSERY / CLEANING / GUARDING / RECEIVING / FORAGING / POLLINATING / STORING / REPAIRING / STINGING / CELL BUILDING / FANNING / UNDERTAKING / SCOUTING

SWARMING: POSTERS #1 & 11

NATURAL EXPANSION PROCESS OCCURRING USUALLY IN SPRING

OLD QUEEN LEAVES WITH 1/2-3/4 OF THE HIVE POPULATION

FIRST QUEEN EMERGING KILLS ALL OTHERS

SAFETY: – SUIT / HAT / GLOVES

HIVE:

SKEP IS MADE FROM GRASSES
LEGAL HIVE HAS REMOVABLE FRAMES
INSPECTION CHECKS FOR DIESEASES
FACILITATES REMOVAL OF HONEY

TOOLS:

SMOKER CALMS BEES AND INTERUPTS PHEROMONE COMMUNICATION
HIVE TOOL ASSISTS IN BREAKING PROPOLIS SEAL
OTHER TOOLS MAKE THE JOB OF INSPECTING EASIER.

CHALLENGES OF BEEKEEPING TODAY:

COLONY COLAPSE DISORDER (CCD) – more of a problem for commercial beekeepers

MITES – VARROA & TRACHEIAL
INTRODUCED IN THE 80’S FROM ASIA
CAN CAUSE COLONY FAILURE WITHOUT TREATMENT

SMALL HIVE BEETLE – introduced from South Africa in the 90’s

NON-CHEMICAL BEEKEEPING – INTERGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT – HELP THE BEES HELP THEMSELVES

SOLICITING ASSISTANCE FROM GOVERNMENT
Senate Finance Committee did not add on the appropriation of money for Senate Document 20 when they made their recommendation back to the Senate Finance Committee.

NORTH CAROLINA, NEW JERSEY SUPPORT BEEKEEPING AS PART OF THEIR SUPPORT FOR AGRICULTURE.

GETTING MORE FOLKS INTERESTED IN BEEKEEPING – the average age of beekeepers is rising

AFRICANIZED BEES
MORE BEEKEEPERS MAKES FOR A BETTER DEFENSE
MORE MONEY FOR RESEARCH MAKES A BETTER DEFENSE
PRESENT PLANS ARE FOR ERRADICATION UPON DISCOVERY
LOCAL POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS TRAINED IN RESPONSE TACTICS

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