Club Newsletter
December 2017

Remember that the "Cletus Calendar" page will tell you what you should be doing this month, and the "Archive" page contains all of the previous months of the "Newsletter and Cletus Calendar".

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For those of you who live within fifty miles of Lone Star Farms, take advantage of "Lone Star Farms Apiary Inspection Service." Contact Dennis for details.

If you belong to a beekeeping club and would like me to come teach one of the class topics that are listed on the www.lonestarfarms.net class page, please have your president contact me. The four hour class would have to be held on a Saturday and there is a fifteen person minimum. Education is key to successful beekeeping management. Thanks

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Bee Talk 

Hi Dennis,

Just a short note about something interesting I observed this weekend. We had several watermelons in our garden that we had not picked yet and something, a coon probably, ate holes in a couple of them. Before we could throw the melons to our chickens, bees found them. There were probably a hundred or more bees going after these watermelons. The bees liked them so much I'm thinking of cutting open a couple more for them. I found all of this interesting because I had never noticed bees eating watermelon before. It was especially cool to watch the seed spitting contest, it was won by a drone wearing a John Deere hat and overalls by the way. Georgia

Hello Georgia,

I have seen bees go after melons before. This time of year (fall) they will go after anything that has sugar in it, even your soft drinks. However, I’ve never witnessed bees performing a seed spitting contest before. That’s pretty cool. Were the contestants checked for chemical-use before they entered the competition?

Thanks for writing in. All of us here at Lone Star Farm wish you and everyone  a very “Merry Christmas” and a “Happy New Year”.

Dennis

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Hi Dennis,

My bees used to be so gentle and now they want to rip my head off. How can this be? I have the same marked queen that I started with. Jerry

Hello Jerry,

Most beekeepers and even queen breeders have no clue or don't believe that each time a queen mates, (That could be between ten and fifteen times or more before she takes over as queen of the hive.) each drones sperm will be stored in layers inside the queen. (Not mixed together like a big mixing bowl.) The queen will use up each layer at a time before starting the next layer. That means you could have a nice gentle hive for a while and then the queen finishes up that layer of sperm and starts the next layer. That next layer could be from a drone that has more aggressive gene traits. That accounts for the changes each hive experiences throughout the year even by having the same queen in the hive. Other reasons include a nector drought and weather conditions. Thanks for the question Jerry

Dennis

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