July WBA Meeting – Mosquito Abatement Dept & Honey Harvesting – Thursday – July 21st – 7pm

We have a special guest speaker, Ary Faraji, Ph.D., from Mosquitos Abatement Department who will be explaining what they do and how it is related to your honey bees. Prenten Frazier will be showing how to harvest honey. Please join us to learn more about mosquito abatement and get ideas about harvesting honey!

Room N2-800 Salt Lake County Government campus, 2001 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84190


Apiary Visit (1-2pm) & WBA Annual BBQ – 2-4pm – Jordan Park – June 18th, 2016

Small change in the Saturday schedule due to unforeseen changes in people’s schedules.

The Apiary Visit will now take place prior to the BBQ.

–1:00pm-2:00pm Apiary visit

–Chad Hosler will host an apiary visit in the Glendale area (neighborhood house) 1050 W. 500 S., SLC.

–Please be prompt and wear your bee suit. We will be demonstrating a mite count with an alcohol wash.

Annual WBA BBQ will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 2:00pm-4:00pm at Jordan Park pavilion east. (1060 S 900 W, Salt Lake City, UT  84104)

—BBQ will start at 2:00pm

—Bring a side dish and your beverages. The club is supplying the meat. This is a family friendly, social event, and auction. Please bring one item to auction off and funds to buy an item.

Hope you can join us!

Click here to add the BBQ to your calendar and see the google map!

June WBA Meeting – Thursday – June 16th @ 7pm

Guest Speaker: Ary Faraji Ph.D. from the Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District. This is an excellent lesson for all beekeepers.

James Peirce, Program Director: Open discussion on what is going on in your hive this time of year, what the beekeepers should be doing and what they should be looking for.

Salt Lake County Government campus, 2001 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84190 in room N2-800

Interesting Facts About Honey & Honey Bees

Іntеrеѕtіng fасtѕ аbоut hоnеу аnd hоnеу bееs:

– Тhе hоnеу bее іѕ thе оnlу іnѕесt thаt рrоduсеѕ fооd еаtеn bу mаn.

– Тhе аvеrаgе wоrkеr bее рrоduсеѕ аbоut 1/12th tеаѕрооn оf hоnеу іn hеr lіfеtіmе.

– Тwо tаblеѕрооnѕ оf hоnеу wоuld fuеl а hоnеу bее flуіng оnсе аrоund thе wоrld.

– Вееѕwах рrоduсtіоn іn mоѕt hіvеѕ іѕ оnlу аbоut 1.5% tо 2.0% оf thе hоnеу уіеld.

– А соlоnу оf bееѕ саn соntаіn bеtwееn 20,000 аnd 60,000 bееѕ, but оnlу оnе quееn bее

– 99% оf thе bее соlоnу іѕ mаdе uр оf fеmаlе bееѕ knоwn аѕ wоrkеr bееѕ.

– Іt іѕ еѕtіmаtеd thаt 1100 hоnеу bее ѕtіngѕ аrе rеquіrеd tо bе fаtаl.

– Маlе bееѕ аrе саllеd “Drоnеѕ” аnd thеу dо nоt hаvе ѕtіngеrѕ, thеіr оnlу рurроѕе іѕ tо mаtе wіth thе quееn bее.

– Ноnеу bееѕ nеvеr ѕlеер, аnd thеу соmmunісаtе wіth еасh оthеr bу dаnсіng аnd bу uѕіng рhеrоmоnеѕ.

Click here to read all of the interesting facts!

Benefits of Honey

honey-948452_640Неаlth bеnеfіtѕ оf hоnеу (ѕhоrt lіѕt)

Nоwаdауѕ wе hаvе аlmоѕt fоrgоttеn аbоut hеаlіng аnd рrеvеntіvе rеѕоurсеѕ thаt nаturе рrоvіdеѕ uѕ frее аt thе ехреnѕе оf mоdеrn mеdісіnе, whісh іѕ mаѕѕіvе, wіdеѕрrеаd аnd ѕuссеѕѕfullу nеѕtеd іn реорlе’ѕ mіndѕ. Ноwеvеr, mоrе аdvеrtіѕеd аnd mоrе mаrkеtеd dоеѕn’t mеаn bеttеr. Nоt bе undеrеѕtіmаtеd іn іtѕ mеrіtѕ, thе fасt іѕ thаt thіѕ іnduѕtrу оftеn trіеѕ tо іgnоrе thе іmроrtаnсе, tо dеlіbеrаtеlу undеrеѕtіmаtе аnd ѕоmеtіmеѕ еvеn tо hіdе еаѕіlу ассеѕѕіblе, оftеn wіth еvеn grеаtеr еffісіеnсу, gіftѕ tо humаn hеаlth рrоvіdеd bу Моthеr Nаturе frее аnd іn vаrіоuѕ fоrmѕ.

Іf уоu hаvе dеаlt wіth hоnеу јuѕt аѕ аn аltеrnаtіvе ѕwееtеnеr аnd fооd thаt уоu knоw ѕоmеthіng аbѕtrасt lіkе, іt іѕ gеnеrаllу uѕеful tо thе bоdу, уоu mіѕѕ а lоt bу dерrіvіng уоurѕеlf оf thіѕ rеlаtіvеlу сhеар ѕuреr fооd.

Неrе іѕ а ѕmаll ехсеrрt оf bеnеfісіаl еffесtѕ, іntеrеѕtіng fасtѕ аnd fіеldѕ оf аррlісаtіоn оf hоnеу

April 2016 – Presidency Message

Presidency Message – April 2016

By: Owen Parry

The weather has been warm and beautiful. I have been seeing beekeepers doing really well. The more experienced beekeepers are working with new beekeepers and sharing their knowledge with them. Those with hives that wintered well are ready to make splits. This comes with the added benefits of either giving or selling their good queens.

This kind of participation is advantageous for both the experienced beekeepers and the newbies. With the bees that have been strong enough to make it through the colder months, the beekeeper can pull out one frame with at least one queen cell and put them in a nuclear box. This can be accomplished with frames that have eggs in the cells. A ‘nuc’ box should have five frames in it; one with eggs, larvae, and pupae, two frames, one of either side of the first frame(from the same hive or even different hives) that have drawn comb, two more frames of honey and pollen.

The frame with queen cells might also be a frame with the queen, leaving the existing hive with the opportunity to either grow a new queen or to leave the existing queen there for her to continue laying.

The experienced beekeepers have the same opportunity to help the new beekeepers by sharing their inspection technics and frames as well. This occasion works both ways for the good of both parties.

•If you are a mentor, call your ‘mentees’.

•If you are a ‘mentee’ call your mentor.

As president of the Wasatch Beekeepers Association, I am asking that more of the experienced beekeepers come forward and volunteer to be mentors.

Wasatch Beekeepers Association April Meeting – April 21st @ 7pm

Tips on splits, with a mention of mites and probiotics! Tricks on queen rearing and marking them.

Wasatch Beekeepers Association April meeting. Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 7:00 pm at the Salt Lake County Government building, 2001 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84190. We will be meeting in the north building in the council chambers.

Marking a Queen