Category Archives: Beekeeping

March’s Ramblings of a Bee Bumbler, from your President

Spring has sprung. Flowers are blooming and pollen is coming in by the basket load. Queens are laying, colonies are brooding up and drones are hatching. Swarming season is here and the nectar flow can’t be far behind. ARE YOU … Continue reading

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CENLA Bee Club’s Oxalic Acid Field Day

The CENLA Bee Club’s Oxalic Acid Field Day – Held Saturday, March 14 I’d given a talk back in November to the club membership on the various methods used to treat hives with oxalic and formic acids.  From that we … Continue reading

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A Letter to the Editor

“After being questioned by a beekeeper who apparently likes to keep a colorful pristine yard, The BBB needs to mention briefly about not purchasing neonics treated plants as precautionary and why. I know a wholesale nursery that voluntarily switched over … Continue reading

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Ideas for Beekeeping Meetings

Ideas for Beekeeping Meetings – by Keith Hawkins, LSU AgCenter Extension Agent One of the challenges of preparing for the monthly meetings of the SW Louisiana Beekeepers is presenting fresh, timely, relevant topics. SWLA Beeks has an advisory group to … Continue reading

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Internet Sites You Might Find Useful

A different Dimension of Loss – the great insect die-off.  A Guardian.com article worth reading. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/14/a-different-dimension-of-loss-great-insect-die-off-sixth-extinction 7 Plants to Help Honey Production – Blains Farm and Fleet Website Article: https://www.farmandfleet.com/blog/7-plants-help-honey-production/ The seven plants are:  Sunflowers, Goldenrod, Cosmos, Coriander, Mint, Lavender … Continue reading

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Spring field day registration opens tomorrow!

The Louisiana Beekeepers Association is pleased to announce the first LBA Spring Field Day will be held on Saturday, April 14 at the University of Louisiana – Lafayette’s Cade Farm (1234 W. J. Bernard Rd., St. Martinville, LA 70582). Registration opens March … Continue reading

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Winter-Blooming Plants Help Bees Survive the Season

Dean Fosdick,  Associated Press Winter and early spring are lean times for honeybees as they emerge from their hives, where food supplies are dwindling, to forage.  Adding cluster of winter-blooming plants around the yard will give them much needed nourishment. … Continue reading

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A letter to the editor, from Rachel Culotto

I am writing to pitch a stirring story about local beekeepers, Pamela Vosbein and Phil Villarubia of Bush, Louisiana. As you know, our honey bee population is declining, and they are so essential to our ecosystem. Honey bees are wonderful … Continue reading

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Honey I Love You

Earlier this month I received my first package of bees. A package refers to a box containing 3 pounds of bees, or roughly 12 thousand Apis Mellifera. And while introducing a new species of animal to your home seems like … Continue reading

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A Year in the Life of a Beekeeper – My personal view

While visiting a CENLA Beekeeper Club member in early February, he made a recommendation that I send out monthly, a notice of what we as beekeepers should/could be doing that month with our hives and what we should be expecting … Continue reading

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