Cabarrus County Beekeepers

Bob's Flower and Hive Report

February 2013 Meeting

Hive Report

Drone and queen cells are beginning to appear in the hive. If you find no eggs, during your hive inspection, the hive is most likely queen-less.  Consider combining this hive with another hive, using the newspaper method.  With the increase of bees in the hive, the need for more food will increase.  Keep a close eye on their food supply.  If the cluster is in the upper brood box, reversing the hive bodies will give more room for the queen to lay eggs.  If the cluster is midway between hive bodies, do not reverse, as splitting the cluster will can damage the brood.  Do not move frames around, until around middle of March. As a rule of thumb, “When Red Buds Bloom, Bees Swarm.”

Flower Report

Red Maple, henbit, turnips, baby breath (spryer), winter honeysuckle, dandelion, flowering cherries, quince.

  • Dandelion
    Taraxacum officinale
    Just beginning to bloom.

  • Red Maple
    Acer rubrum

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