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General Meeting

  • 27 Feb 2020
  • 7:00 PM
  • Montgomery County 4-H Center

Controlling the swarming impulse is critical to making a honey crop and retaining your good queen.  When a colony swarms, the current queen and more than 50% of the bees in the colony leave.  The number of remaining bees is seldom capable of making a large crop of honey.  In some cases, colonies will cast off several swarms, leaving the colony so depleted it may not survive.

Experienced beekeepers Mark Antunes and Vincent Aloyo will describe what is known about the cause(s) of swarming and how to work with your bees to reduce the swarming impulse. They will detail methods to prevent your bees from heading to the trees, even if your bees have started the swarming process.  Plus, how to take advantage of the swarm instinct to improve your apiary.  Although these methods are not always 100% successful, they will increase your chance of keeping your colonies strong and producing a honey crop.

Serving Montgomery, Bucks and surrounding counties in Pennsylvania, the MCBAPA is an association of hobbyist and professional beekeepers. Our mission is to provide education, hands-on training, support and fellowship in all aspects of beekeeping. Both experienced beekeepers and novices participate in our monthly meetings, field trips and social events.This is a good spot to place your secondary navigation gadget, like Navigation links, or Secondary menu.

Our meetings are held at:
Montgomery County 4-H Center
1015 Bridge Road (Route 113)
Skippack, PA 19426

General membership meetings are usually held the 4th Thursday of the month at 7 pm, but please check our calendar.

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