A home for educational materials and links related to bees that can help southern VT beekeepers.
Breaking the Brood Cycle
One method of varroa mite management: breaking the brood cycle. Figure courtesy of Bee Pride in Lebanon, Maine and the Mid Atlantic Apiculture & Extension Consortium.
Sugar syrup is a good means of supplementing the bees’ nectar flow. Use granulated cane sugar (table sugar). Check with your local bee club or mentor about when you should feed.
In the spring, the syrup should imitate the consistency of nectar. It should be a ratio of 1:1 (1 part sugar, 1 part water).
In the fall, the syrup needs to be mixed in a more concentrated manner because the bees don’t have time to fully process it into honey. It should be a ratio of 2:1 (2 parts sugar, 1 part water).
Mike Palmer Videos
A Worker Bee’s Life
Honey Bee Life Cycle
Beekeeping Calendar for the Northeast
Check out this handy beekeeping calendar from the VBA (originally from the Cornell University Master Beekeeper Program). These are general guidelines and suggestions only.