Archive for September 2015

Apiary : 13th September




It was a rather chilly overcast afternoon when we assembled outside the store and kitted up, starting smokers and catching up on what was happening in each others apiary’s, getting ready for the winter and the various different methods of treating for varroa

and the pro’s and con’s of adding insulation above the crown board.  Its always nice to chat over problems and to socialise.

The main aim of the afternoon was to check if colonies were queen right, stores, and the application of MAQS strips.

Weather:   Cloudy   16C                  7 attendee’s


Inspected by Liz H,

Brood Chamber – 14 x 12

Queen seen,

1 Super, 4 frames of stores

MAQS strips put above brood chamber and entrance block removed as per MAQS recommendations.


Inspected by Liz H

Brood Chamber – 14×12

Queen seen

1 Super  – nearly full

MAQS strips put on above brood chamber.


Inspected by John M

Brood Chamber – Single Deep National

Queen seen,   brood all stages,( BAS.)

1 super, will need feeding after treatment

MAQS strips put on


Inspected by  Phil G

Brood Chamber – single Deep

Queen not seen but  BAS.

MAQS strips put on.


Inspected by Mia F

Brood Chamber – Single Deep.

Queen not seen and no eggs/larva but sealed brood present.

2 supers -both quite full.

MAQS strips put on


Inspected by Phil G

Brood Chamber – Single Deep

Queen seen – 4 frames of brood , BAS.

1 super –  very light, will need feeding after treatment.

MAQS strips put on


Brood Chamber – 2 shallows

Inspected by Mia F

Queen not seen but BAS and new eggs.

1 super full of stores.

MAQS strips put on


Inspected by John M

Brood Chamber – Shallow and Deep

Queen not seen but  BAS in both Shallow and Deep.

1 super but not very heavy, will require feeding after treatment.

Note:-  quite a lot  of dead bees outside entrance 100+.  possibly due to spraying activity nearby.

MAQS strips put on.


Warre Hive.

Brad Davis and myself attended Friday and combined Nuc 15 B , by cutting out brood and stores and attaching to bars

with masking tape, and using the paper method put above the main colony. ( drone laying queen dispatched last inspection)

colony being fed with 1:1 syrup .  checked  but still full.


Top Bar Hive

Queen not seen but BAS, on 3 frames,  not much stores . has been fed 1:1, now empty. topped up with Heavy syrup

broken comb on moving hive to apiary has now welded itself to neighbouring frame.

MAQS not put on as colony not strong enough.

Nucleus 15 F

Inspected by John M

Queen seen, 5 frames of brood, – wet empty super removed. rapid feeder put on with heavy syrup

Nucleus 15 H

Poly Nuc

Still going strong,  1 emerged queen cell, 2 frames of BAS, still room , feeding reservoir refilled with Heavy syrup.

some chalkbrood evident.

Nucleus 15 J

Nuc taken from No5, – No sign of queen or brood, left on top of 5  as last chance queen late in mating due to bad weather.




Natural Hstory

The initial session of an occasional series aimed at improving knowledge and understanding of beekeeping was held on Wednesday 2nd September 2015 at the Petersfield Community Centre starting at 7:15pm.

This session dealt with the natural history and some aspects of the biology of honey bees. The areas covered were:

  • The origin and various races of honey bees with their characteristics.
  • The differing external features between the two castes of female and the drones.
  • The life cycles of queen, worker and drone.
  • The mating of queens.
  • Seasonal variations of a colony.
  • The function of the exocrine glands that provide the messages that are so important in colony organisation.

Presented by: Brad Davis

Notes: 2015-16 Improvers 1


Apiary:September Outlook

A harvest of 84lbs resulted from the main flow extraction that took place on 9th August. The venue had to be changed at the last minute and thanks go to Pippa for the use of her facilities and those members that turned out to help the association harvest. The main flow ended very abruptly and some of our colonies have already required feeding.

The association apiary now houses 14 colonies. A long top-bar hive courtesy of Peter Reader was added during August. The autumn disease inspections will be completed by the end of August ready for varroa treatment in September. This year we will be using the formic acid based treatment MAQS.

September sees the start of next years preparations and a refreshed team of Apiary Trustees. As a reminder there are three apiary trustees each serving a three-year tenure. Liz Hawes, who has been actively shadowing this year and has requested the 2-year vacancy and Mel Espin who has kindly agreed to join the team, join Richard Williams, starting his 3rd year. As always the apiary trustees will require support from rank and file members which I trust will be forthcoming.

Many thanks to Fred Whetnall who completes his 3rd year as a trustee and retires along with myself.

Brad Davis