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Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 | Author:

Our “anarchy apiary” in New York appeared to lose about half of the hives wintered there. Some died recently of starvation, others had more squatter field mice who scampered out of the hive suckling babies stuck to their bellies. Eviction. No mysteries behind the losses. Several hives survived as well, from bees bred from local queens.

These pics were take last week, April 20th or so.
Sam Comfort checks his hives Top Bar hive, New York 2009, Spring
Another view, practicing in peace What is this tree? Pear tree in complete bloom

This is an UN-identified insect that I’d like comment on from an expert. What is it? Dragonfly nymph? (see comments for answer!)

Read a great New York Times column by Leon Kreitzman about the circadian rhythms of honeybees and Carl Linnaeus’ floral clock idea. -DNR

What is this?? Mystery insect Mystery insect sideview

Mystery insect headshot with clawed paws

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 | Author:

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I checked my hive in New York and discovered some furry squatters, to my deep dismay. Check out the galleries to see the  story. The bees were installed in mid-June and may have run out of food stores throughout winter. Comment if you’d like. Now I’m swarm hunting soon … (The other top bar hives that Anarchy Apiaries has nearby are looking lively, though it’s been chilly.)

With bad news, there’s always good news… despite my loss, I’ve gained hope from the White House’s Organic Garden and news of their choice of using varroa-resistant Russians in their beehive!

 White House Garden plot

Monday, March 09th, 2009 | Author:

THE BEST place to see classes is on the Calendar: http://pollinatethis.org/beeblog/sf-beekeepers-calendar/

March 7th Beekeepers Guild of San Mateo County
1st Congregational Church, 751 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont.
Cost: Free Bring your own bag lunch.
More info & pre-registration is required: http://www.sanmateo bee.org/class. html

March 14th Alameda County Beekeepers Assn
2418 California St, Berkeley
Cost: ?
Registration required: Jim 510-845-2419
Do not wear scents, wool or dark clothes. A veil would be good to have.

March 15th Green Gulch Farm & Zen Center
More information & Registration: http://www.sfzc. org/zc/search. asp?keyword= beekeeping& search.x= 16&search. y=3

March 21st Alameda County Beekeepers Assn
Island Yacht Club, 1853 Clement Ave, Alameda (behind Svendsen’s Boat Works along the Marina…courtesy of Jayne Klugs’s family)
Cost: $10 members, $20 non-members Bring your own LUNCH. The bar at the Yacht Club will be open at lunch time – cash only.
More info & pre-registration, send email to: Sarachickbee@ aol.com

Various dates March, April, May & June BeeKind
BeeKind, Sebastopol
More info & pre-registration: http://www.beekind. com/beekeeping_ classes_2009. shtml