Cabarrus County Beekeepers

Bob's Flower and Hive Report

May 2012 Meeting

Hive Report

The nectar flow is slowing down which means the foragers are not returning to the field. With this comes along bearding on the front of the hive. If bees are not bearding on the front of the hive, your hive may be heading for trouble.

When checking hives make sure you have plenty of water to stay hydrated yourself. Provide water for the bees also. It will be hard to keep bees close to home, if there isn’t water for them.  Which could lead to a problem with your neighbor.  So make a water supply for your bees. Use a bird bath, dripping outside faucet, Watering dish, anything that would hold water. A little salt added to the water will help to attract the bees.

Spray icy cold water on bees on outside of hive to run them inside if you need to move any hives. Queens are slowing up on their eggs laying.

If using pesticide, choose a spray over a dust. Read and follow labels. Spray late in the afternoon. It was mentioned that Eco-First is a bee friendly spray to use. It can be purchased at local big box store.


Flower Report

Tulip popular bloom is over. Ladino clover, ragged robin, cone flower, milk weed, queen Ann’s lace, Japanese (large leaf) privet, star thistle, are among the long list of flowers that bees will work for pollen and/or nectar or sometimes both. The blooming of the persimmons is a sign that the honey flow is over.

  • 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.

  • Ladino Clover
    Trifolium repens ssp. latum

  • Crimson Clover
    Trifolium incarnatum

  • Chinese Privet
    Ligustrum sinense
    Small Leaf Privet

  • Japanese Privet
    Ligustrum ovalifolium
    Large Leaf Privet