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JT Hoggard High School Visit

JT Hoggard High School Visit

JT Hoggard High School Visit Past NHCBA president and current Bee School coordinator and mentor, Susan Warwick recently visited Danielle Tocci and her students at JT Hoggard High School. This class had read the book Secret lives of Bees, and Susan brought a frame of...

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Book Club Visit

Book Club Visit

Book Club Visit NHCBA mentor, Sandie Cecelski recently attended a local book club meeting! This book club had just finished reading the book Mad Honey by Jennifer Finney Boylan and Jodi Picoult. Sandie was able to give more insight into the world of bees. And was able...

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October Meeting- Celebrating Bill Morrison

October Meeting- Celebrating Bill Morrison

October Meeting- Celebrating Bill Morrison ​In October we had a cover dish dinner to celebrate our Treasurer Bill Morrison's 80th birthday and his many years of service to our club as treasurer! He was honored with a new bee jacket embroidered with "Bill's Bees", an...

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Girl Scout Field Trip

Girl Scout Field Trip

Girl Scout Field Trip The Girl Scout Field trip was on 5/7. The Scouts were able to safely view the bees as Sandie Cecelski and Susan Warwick conducted hive inspections. We were able to find the queen bee and various other important details in the hive.   The scouts...

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Community Outreach at Wrightsboro Elementary School

Community Outreach at Wrightsboro Elementary School

Community Outreach- Wrightsboro Elementary School This summer we were able to host community outreach events at Wrightsboro Elementary School, First Baptist Daycare, Island Montessori and various other community schools! These are some images from those outreach events!

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July Meeting- Honey Tasting Contest

July Meeting- Honey Tasting Contest

July Meeting- Honey Tasting Contest For our July meeting we held a black jar honey tasting contest and a  photo contest! These are our winners! The Tom Rhyne Apiary Honey at Halyburton won 1st place, 2nd place went to Lynn and Blythe Hodgen and 3rd place went to Al...

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Field Day Meeting

Field Day Meeting

Field Day Meeting The NHCBA meeting in June was a Field Day opportunity for our members! New beekeepers were able to work with an experienced beekeeper as they did hive inspections. We were able to see various important features in the hives-the queen bee, eggs, the...

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Honey Harvest

Honey Harvest

Honey Harvest Earlier this summer we had our 1st Honey Harvest at The Tom Rhyne Apiary at Halyburton Park! This event was sponsored by the NHCBA and the City of Wilmington. Guests were able to  learn about honey bees through an observation hive, various educational...

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Tom Rhyne Apiary Dedication Ceremony

Tom Rhyne Apiary Dedication Ceremony

Tom Rhyne Apiary Dedication Ceremony On March 25, 2023 we held an Apiary Dedication Ceremony at Halyburton Park to honor Tom Rhyne.  Tom served as NHCBA president 2018-2019. He worked towards our goal of having bees in a public setting. Unfortunately he lost his...

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Queen Bee

Did You Know...

Queens that are bred and sold commercially are marked with a dot of paint to make them more visible in the hive. The paint color is different each year so you know which year the queen was bred. This color marking protocol was developed years ago and is recognized internationally. Since a queen only lives 2-3 years, 5 colors are more than enough to uniquely identify how many years old a queen is.

This spring (2020) commercially bred queens will be marked with blue paint.

White – Yellow – Red – Green – Blue
A catchy phrase to help you remember the color sequence:
Where’s Your Red Golf Ball

Year Ending

1 or 6 – White
2 or 7 – Yellow
3 or 8 – Red
4 or 9 – Green
5 or 0 – Blue