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We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each and EVERY month for remainder of 2017.  If for some rare reason we don't have a meeting or change the location, then members will contacted by mass e-mail, Facebook, this website and/or other methods announcing any change.  All meetings for remainder of 2017 will be at our new location: Schandler Hall Community Park:

Our next meeting will be

 Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Meeting, 6:30 PM

Schandler Hall Community Park
419 Royal Park Rd
Fort Myers, FL 33905

map & directions | agenda

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Beekeeper Helpline: New and Experienced beekeepers
helping each other with questions, quandaries, and other beekeeping related challenges... followed by our

Regular Meeting: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (may end earlier depending on agenda)

"Topic & Speaker": to be announced.


Meeting is open to anyone wishing to learn more about bees, and those that are interested in becoming members

Past and Present Raffle Items

Some of this month's (May) meeting raffle items:

Round Veil w/elastic, Pro-Billow Smoker w/guard, Vented Hat (helmet) Tan, Bee Brush, and an assortment of rolled wax foundation candles.

 

Door Prizes for May 10, 2017 Meeting

Door prizes are something new we are trying.  Each member that signs in on Virginia's monthly sign-in roster sheet will be given a special ticket (good for May meeting)  just for showing up and signing in.  Door prizes will be given to lucky winners of the special (door prize) drawing (not part of regular raffle drawings).

This month's (May) meeting Door Prizes (cap and brush) were donated to our club by Mann Lake, Ltd

Also Mann Lake has provided enough catalogues for each member and a few extras for non-members... or to pass out to your friend interested in beekeeping.

2017:  January | February | March | April (none BBQ) | May
2016:  April | May | June | July (none) | August | Sept (none Echo) | October (none Apiary BBQ) | November | December

Remote Monitoring System for Beekeepers
purchase frames and foundation from Anthony Nourse
to support his research and development

Anthony spoke briefly at our April 2017 Meeting. He mentioned that he had setup a manufacturing system for making deep frames and was selling them at a very reasonable price in order to fund his research and development of a remote monitoring system for beekeepers.

The frames are based on the standard Langstroth design for deep frames (19" x 9 1/8" x 1 3/8") and are made from spruce/pine/fir (SPF).

They are pre assembled using FDA approved plastic foundation which is double coated with beeswax. if purchased in units of 1000 the price before tax and packaging would be $1.95 ea.

Proceeds will be used to fund his remote monitoring system currently in the developmental stages.

Apiary Work & Field Day
feeding workshop was held Saturday, March 4, 2017
...and much was accomplished

David pouring sugar syrup into buckets modified as community feeders. Setting up community feeding station about 30 yards from hives.
Installing division board feeder with zig-zag screen insert to prevent drowning

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Filling the division board feeders with sugar syrup and Pro-Health solution.

Photos by Robert C. Kemper

Focus on sugar syrup feeding:  David Mendes demonstrating methods of feeding using simple syrup and feeding supplement "Pro-Health"

Besides drilling 7/64" holes around the lip and letting lid be a continuous moat for syrup, there is another method which also uses 7/64" holes drilled into the reinforced band where the wire handle attaches.  It may be easier for some, but only works for buckets like the one in the video...so I've included a video below:

 


Membership Survey Results for wishlist, wants, needs, topics, speakers, etc.
Click for full results

The following results should be analyzed using "Weighted Average" as a guide.  Clear winner would be 4.24 (highly important)  followed by second place of 3.88 (very important).  Those with 3.58 would be about average (slightly important to important)  and those less than 3.58 would be of least importance (or not important).

 

 
We should have a topic and speaker at each meeting presented by a club member, mentor, club officer, advanced and seasoned beekeeper, or other person reliable and knowledgeable on the subject presented.
0.00%
0
4.00%
1
16.00%
4
32.00%
8
48.00%
12
 
25
 
4.24
Handouts of presentation or other information related to the topic of presentation made available for future reference, notes, etc.
0.00%
0
12.50%
3
33.33%
8
37.50%
9
16.67%
4
 
24
 
3.58
Online YouTube, Websites or links, PowerPoints, or supplemental resources related to topic made available for reference or further study on subject.
4.17%
1
20.83%
5
50.00%
12
16.67%
4
8.33%
2
 
24
 
3.04
Book outside "beekeeping-related" speakers such as professors of entomology, apiary inspectors, authors, well-known authorities or experts in beekeeping.  (i.e., Dr. Jamie Ellis, Freddie Howard, Michael Bush, David Westervelt, etc.)
8.33%
2
8.33%
2
25.00%
6
33.33%
8
25.00%
6
 
24
 
3.58
Hands on (in-the-field) daytime visits to apiaries, bee yards, or other beekeeping facilities in our area appropriately scheduled on Saturdays if possible.
0.00%
0
12.50%
3
29.17%
7
16.67%
4
41.67%
10
 
24
 
3.88
Allocation of more time for answering of "new" beekeeper questions.
0.00%
0
8.00%
2
44.00%
11
32.00%
8
16.00%
4
 
25
 
3.56
Appoint a greeter to moderate and take questions asked by new beekeepers during the Q&A time set aside for "new" beekeepers.
4.17%
1
20.83%
5
25.00%
6
20.83%
5
29.17%
7
 
24
 
3.50

 First Place winner topics were: Treatment and control of hive pests and disease; evidence of queen (finding, handling, accessing, why, when, how);  splits and types of splits (why, when, what, how).  Second Place most were Discussion of insecticides not used by beekeepers, but those used by non-beekeepers (orange groves, farmers, mosquito control) which may affect death of honeybees; basic bee biology with basic beginner beekeeping; local nectar flows and nectar sources (what, where, when, intensity, duration)  Third Place:  Feeding colonies; seeds and planting for honeybees; Honey harvest and extraction  Fourth Place:  Hive products; Beekeeping Resources (You-Tube, Online, etc.)  Lastly Fifth Place:  Honey Varieties, etc.; Other Bees; as follows:

 

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Basic bee biology with basic beginner beekeeping
7.69%
2
11.54%
3
46.15%
12
7.69%
2
26.92%
7
 
26
–
Feeding colonies:  Why, when, what, how
3.85%
1
3.85%
1
50.00%
13
19.23%
5
23.08%
6
 
26
–
Splits and types of Splits:  Why, when, how
0.00%
0
7.69%
2
34.62%
9
23.08%
6
34.62%
9
 
26
–
Evidence of Queen:  Finding, handling, accessing, why, when, how
0.00%
0
3.85%
1
26.92%
7
26.92%
7
42.31%
11
 
26
–
Hive Products:  Propolis, pollen, honey, wax
3.85%
1
15.38%
4
50.00%
13
15.38%
4
15.38%
4
 
26
–
Treatment and control of hive pests and hive disease.
0.00%
0
0.00%
0
23.08%
6
26.92%
7
50.00%
13
 
26
–
Local nectar flows and nectar sources: what, where, when, intensity, duration
0.00%
0
7.69%
2
53.85%
14
11.54%
3
26.92%
7
 
26
–
Beekeeping resources:  YouTube and other online resources
7.69%
2
19.23%
5
50.00%
13
11.54%
3
11.54%
3
 
26
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Discussion of insecticides not used by beekeepers, but those used by non-beekeepers (orange groves, farmers, mosquito control) which may affect death of honeybees.
7.69%
2
23.08%
6
26.92%
7
11.54%
3
30.77%
8
 
26
–
Seeding or planting of beneficial plants and flowers for honeybees
15.38%
4
15.38%
4
46.15%
12
0.00%
0
23.08%
6
 
26
–
Honey Harvest:  Extracting, straining, bottling, labeling
0.00%
0
26.92%
7
42.31%
11
11.54%
3
19.23%
5
 
26
–
Honey:  Varietal honey, our area, others, all about honey
0.00%
0
46.15%
12
30.77%
8
15.38%
4
7.69%
2
 
26
–
Other Bees and Pollinators:  Bats, bumble bees, solitary bees, butterflies
23.08%
6
34.62%
9
23.08%
6
11.54%
3
7.69%
2
 
26

 See full SURVEY with charts and additional details


 

TOOLS & ESSENTIAL RESOURCES


Simple Plans for Observation Bee Hive

Observation Bee Hives

The use of observation bee hives continues to interest a variety of people. This is not surprising. The observation hive is one of the primary research and educational tools in apiculture. It is both educational and entertaining.

Observation bee hives can be used to enhance public relations and marketing programs. But a great deal of time and energy is needed to set up a hive and keep it going. Maintenance can be expensive and time consuming, especially if the hive is to be used as a permanent display for the general public. This 3-page fact sheet provides sources for building observation hives and tips for maintenance. Written by David Hall, James D. Ellis, and Malcolm Sanford, and published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology, March 2015. (UF/IFAS photo by Tyler Jones) http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg320

 

Sample Pollination Agreement

The key to a prospering pollination service is proper promotion, honest, quality service, and a written contract.

This contract would detail the expectations of both the beekeeper and the grower

This 4-page fact sheet provides a suggested pollination agreement.

Written by Malcolm T. Sanford, Jeanette Klopchin, and James Ellis, and published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology, March 2015. (UF/IFAS Photo: Thomas Wright)


Consent and Release Form

 As previously explained at meetings, is so our club has permission to use your provided information for such things as:  Creation of an membership listing/directory shared with our members to allow them to more easily stay in contact with each other by having phone numbers, contact information, etc. available, also for displaying your photos taken at website activities, etc. on our website for public viewing... or so we can contact you about upcoming special meetings, events, sales, etc.; however, please do not abuse the club directory by sending mass e-mails to complain to the membership about your club dislikes or problems with the leadership, to send junk to our members, for spamming, for hate e-mails, etc... as this is not the purpose of a club directory.

Login Information (username & password) is e-mailed to "paid-up" members on a monthly basis.  Please allow up to two months for monthly information about club, website, etc. to begin.  If you just cannot wait and need access to membership and/or other members area items (minutes, treasurer's report, membership list, etc.), you may attend a meeting and request the login information from our treasurer if she is able to ascertain your current membership status as "paid-up" Active.  All previous login information has expired as of December 31, 2016.  Login information may change more than once a year, so please keep up with the e-mailed monthly announcements (sorry, it may require that you actually open your e-mail and read something).




 Beekeepers Calendar - SWFL Edition, View or Download



Look "REAL CLOSE" and Magnify Your Knowledge

Now the NEW Melitto Files are a BLOG instead of pdf downloads.  The last published Melitto Files are included below for information purposes.
 Visit BLOG for NEW up-to-date information.

Old format - Old Issues Florida Melitto Files
PAST Newsletters for Bee Lovers
with Florida Beekeeper Management Calendar
Jan - Mar April - JuneJuly - Sept | Oct - Dec


2013: January  <--- Yes, this is the most current issue of newsletter, there are no 2014 or 2017 issues, enjoy what is here, thanks!  If you would like to volunteer to take over preparation and management of newsletters, it would be appreciated.  However, we currently have no Newsletter other than monthly e-mail notification, Facebook, and the website itself.

2012 Back Issues: December | November | October | September | July/August | June | February | January
2011 Back Issues: October | September  | August | June July | MayJune | April | MarchFebruary | January
2010 Back Issues: December | November | October | August | July | June | May | April


Reminder to registered beekeepers from Freddie Howard, local apiary inspector:
If you have not already done so, please call Freddie and schedule your yearly inspection

FAQ (Frequently Asked Question):

  QUESTION:  Where can I get package bees, queens, and equipment?
ANSWER: 
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BEES ON MY PROPERTY!... What Should I do? 

Thank you for caring about bees and wanting to know about bee removal options.  Due to liability issues we cannot remove bees from private or commercial structures, nor recommend beekeepers that do so.  However, you may be able to find a registered beekeeper who uses non-lethal methods (not all on this list save or do live removals) on a list provided by Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Agricultural Environmental Services:

Bee Removal List (Excel Spreadsheet) Download | More information about this list 
CLICK HERE for additional information


The above methods may not help you locate ONLY a "live bee removal rescue relocation specialist"... if you feel that LIVE removal is the ONLY option for you (do not want to kill or exterminate), then try the following:

Still not finding somebody to remove, rescue, and relocate your live bees?... then another method which has proven successful is to use GOOGLE with the following KEYWORDS which narrow down the results to somebody in your area who may not exterminate your bees:  Try searching for  live bee removal relocation rescue fort myers florida  However, substitute your city (i.e, live bee removal relocation rescue alva florida or live bee removal relocation rescue lehigh florida and you should get applicable results.  Also, don't be fooled by the results at the top of the search results nor the ones along the right side of the search results marked "Ad" or "Ads" for those are paid results which are not always applicable.  Look for top results immediately below the "Ad" (these are known as "organic" search results) and which are more likely to provide the service for which you searched instead of paid results.  Do NOT include the word "free" in your search which often leads you to many removers which are not really free and could result in a sad removal experience.

NOTE:  BEE REMOVAL SERVICES ARE NOT FREE!... there is a charge for live bee removal services!

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