Cabarrus County Beekeepers

Bob's Flower and Hive Report

December 2013 Meeting

Hive Report

Check the weight of the hive. Heavier is better, so feed if the hive is light. Begin feeding pollen substitute, if desired. Mega Bee pollen is recommended. Feeding fondant is a good method, as it is placed directly over the cluster. Fondant soaks up moisture from the hive and will be tender for the bees to eat. Honey is the best food to feed bees, and frames of honey may be frozen for later use. Allow frozen frames to become room temperature before placing inside the hive. Honey may be placed next to or above the cluster. Be careful not to break up the cluster. The queen will begin to lay more, now that the days are getting longer.

HERE are directions for making Fondant.

Flower Report

Henbit, early red maple, dandelion

  • Dandelion
    Taraxacum officinale

  • Henbit
    Lamium amplexicaule
    Closes up in the evening, so bees work it early in the day.  Incandescent deep purple pollen.


  • Red Maple
    Acer rubrum