Beekeeping For Beginners: Honey Bee Biology

Trinity Valley Beekeepers Association is offering a 6-part “Beekeeping For Beginners” series in 2017. These classes are available as individual sessions ($35 per family) or as a package at a discount ($150 per family). Fees are further discounted for Trinity Valley members ($125/$25), so please consider becoming a member. Classroom classes will be at Trinity Haymarket (https://www.facebook.com/TrinityHaymarket).

The second class in the series will be February 25th from 10 am -12 pm at Trinity Haymarket. This class focuses on honey bee anatomy, biology, and behavior. Basically, this will address everything that these amazing creatures do with or without us. Castes, foraging, wax production, honey production, defensive behavior, mating, individual reproduction, and swarming will all be discussed. An understanding of why bees do what they do will help equip you to make informed management decisions as you start your beekeeping adventure.

Recommended reading material for this series is “The Beekeeper’s Handbook” by Diana Sammataro and “First Lessons in Beekeeping” by C.P. Dadant. A great selection of beekeeping equipment, as well as these books, is available for purchase at Trinity Haymarket, so be sure to plan some time to shop while you’re there.

To sign up or for class schedule information, please visit http://www.tvbees.org/beekeeping-for-beginners-class/

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