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A Short History of Beekeeping

As a way of introduction into this topic, many people have requested some information about the history of Beekeeping. As a former history teacher (many years ago), I decided to take a look at the topic. I have relied heavily on Eva Crane's book TheArchaeology of...

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The Honey Standard

State Beekeepers Adopt Honey StandardContact: Charles HeatherlyPrepared by: John T. Ambrose North Carolina beekeepers moved a step closer to the adoption of a honey standard that would limitthe abuses of honey sold in the state. During its Summer Meeting in China...

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Facts on Honey and Cinnamon

Q: What's the one food that doesn't spoil?A: Honey It is found that mixture of Honey and Cinnamon cures most of the diseases. Honey is produced inmost of the countries of the world. Ayurvedic as well as Yunani medicine have been using honey as avital medicine for...

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Plants Average Bloom Date

Mountains Piedmont Coastal PlainAlsike Clover (Trifolium hybridum) -- Apr 4 (102) --Aster (Aster spp.) Aug 30 (40) Sep 25 (35) Sep 30 (40)Basswood, Linden (Tilia spp.) Jun 20 (23) -- --Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica) May 5 (10) Apr 26 (14) Apr 27 (24)Black Locust (Robinia...

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Creamed Honey Recipe

Making creamed honey is a very simple process. The taste and texture are superband it is another great way to enjoy your honey. This recipe is a combination ofseveral recipes that I have found. Give it a try. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Before I explain how to make...

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Best Bee Photo Contest

Here are the prize winners for the "Best Bee Photo" contest at the November meeting.Members brought in photos and new guests at the meeting chose the winners,since they were impartial.

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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