Wednesday, March 31, 2010


I was flipping through the March Issue of Country Living magazine and on page 34 what did I see? A page filled with home decorating items with bee images! So cute!


Fellow PA Beekeepers,

Dennis vanEngelsdorp has asked me to forward this request to all PA beekeepers. The survey is very short and will take only a minute or two to fill out. Please forward this to fellow beekeepers in your organizations and on your mailing lists.


Jim Bobb

EAS Chairman

Dear Beekeeper:

The Apiary Inspectors of America and the USDA-ARS Beltsville Bee Research Laboratory are seeking your help in tabulating the winter losses that occurred over the winter of 2009-2010. This continues the AIA/USDA survey efforts from the past 3 years which has been important in quantifying the losses of honey bees for government, media, and researchers.

This year’s survey is faster, easier and does not require your time on the phone. It is all web based and automatic, just fill and click.

Please take a few moments to fill out our winter loss survey at:

This survey will be conducted until April 16th, 2010.

We would also appreciate it if you would forward this email to other beekeepers. The more responses the better.

If you have any questions or concerns please email,

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Jeff Pettis; USDA-ARS Beltsville Bee Research Laboratory

Dennis vanEngelsdorp; Penn State University

Jerry Hayes; Florida Department of Agriculture

Dewey Caron; University of Delaware and Oregon State University

Receiving NUCS......

NUCS are just the 4 or 5 frames that have a queen, bees and brood. The beekeeper is responsible for bringing a nuc box/boxes.

You could also use a a deep super with some frames removed to make space for the (nucleus) [frames of queen, bees and brood.] Just remember, there will need to be a total of 10 frames in the super during transport.
This is a bit cumbersome/unwieldy but can be done. Bottom board & super will need to be strapped tightly together after frames are put inside. You must have a screen taped or stapled over the front entrance.

If you have ordered nucs through Charlie, you should come to the next meeting with your empty nuc box clearly marked with your name.

If you do not have a nuc box one can be purchased from Larry Tuttle. (or a bee supply place)
I think Larry's charge for the bottom, box and insulated metal cover is 25.00

I hope this clears up any misunderstanding that may have occurred.

Thanks, Dolores

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Catch The Buzz........

Let's Make Every City, Town and County, Street, Rooftop, Balcony and Backyard A Legal Home For Honey Bees!

New York City, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Denver…There’s no telling which city or county will be next to allow bees, beekeepers and beekeeping in backyards, on rooftops and vacant lots. But there are still a host of cities and towns and other places that haven’t seen the light. They’ve put up that NO BUZZ ZONE sign and have no intent of taking it down anytime soon.

The and Bee Culture magazine want to find those cities and towns and make a list. We’ll make a map and we’ll get it on our web pages for all to see. But we need YOUR help with this. Know a city or town that doesn’t allow beekeeping yet? Let us know. Help us identify those burgs that don't want bees.

If you know a city or town…maybe it’s yours or one nearby…send me an email and let me know. But so I can identify what it’s about put NO BUZZ in the subject line. Then, put in the city, and the state and your first and last name (or just your first name if you want). Then we’ll start mapping them and get the map up for everybody to see. Send your emails to today!

Help us help the honey bees, the beekeepers and beekeeping. Let’s make every beekeeper legal!

This message brought to you by Bee Culture, The Magazine Of American Beekeeping, and our Publisher The A. I. Root Company.

Monday, March 22, 2010


Came across a beautiful website: "Le Peuple Des Abeilles" or "People of the Bees", it's a French website but many ISP have translators. Even if you don't have a translator, you have to visit just to see the photos of bee keepers and bees from all over the World. Just click on the title above.


One of our members; Jim Mislevy will have Nucs available this Spring. If you are interested please contact Jim @ 570.836.4108


PLEASE RSVP ASAP or 570 253 2203

COST $25.00 per person
(which is paid after the lunch)
1/2 price for children under 12
Lukans Farm Resort
Long Ridge Road, Hawley, PA
Sunday March 28, 2010
12:00 to socialize, family style meal will be served at 12:30

Thanks, Dolores Motichka

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Our monthly meetings are starting again. Time to gear up for the upcoming season. Join us at the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce on Commercial Street in Honesdale March 8, 2010 @ 7:30 pm.