CCB

Cabarrus County Beekeepers

Bob's Flower and Hive Report

March 2012 Meeting

Hive Report

Crowded bees means swarming. Check and remove capped queen cells. Recheck for queen cells no more than 10 days later. If there is honey filled frames on the outside move them to middle of box. The filled frames will be cleaned out, opening up more room for the queen to lay. Now is the time to add queen excluders (if they are used) and supers. If you see white wax on top bars, this is one sign that room is needed. Again, add supers. If you have super with drawn comb, put them on first.  Then supers with foundation. If rain sets in for a day, this will lead to more queen cells.  Pay close attention for these when inspecting colonies.

 

Flower Report

Our major spring honey flow is on the opening edge.  Honey supers should be added. Tulip poplar is starting to open, this is early for our area.  Willow, dandelion, fruit bearing pears, hollies, plumbs, crab apple, peaches, henbit (which is about to finish), and cold crop greens are also in bloom.  Red buds are just starting to bloom.  This usually announces the start of swarm season.  The blueberry bloom has also started.  For setting fruit, it's best to move a new hive close to bushes, after about 10% of the blooms are open.  This will encourage bees to work blueberries.

Flowers that bees will not work include azaleas, dogwoods, wisteria (which is debatable), Carolina jasmine(will kill brood), and star magnolia.

  • Dandelion
    Taraxacum officinale
    Not bees’ favorite, but always available.


  • Tulip poplar
    Liriodendron tulipifera
    One sign that bees are working tulip poplar is to look for is a faint white chalky dot on the back of the thorax.


  • Henbit
    Lamium amplexicaule
    Closes up in the evening, so bees work it early in the day.  Incandescent deep purple pollen.
  • Blueberry
    genus Vaccinium
    For setting fruit, it's best to move a new hive close to bushes, after about 10% of the blooms are open. This will encourage bees to work blueberries.


  • Peach
    Prunus persica