Vermont Beekeepers Association

News Flash

Package Bee Workshop Delayed Again...

Workshop Rescheduled

The Package Bee Installation workshop is tentatively rescheduled for May 18th at 12 noon. (This date was picked due to the delay in receiving package bees from Georgia.) Always check the Workshops & Meetings calendar for updates including last-minute schedule changes.

Hopguard Available in Vermont

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets was able to get a renewal for HopGuard for the 2013 season. Mann Lake Ltd., the primary distributor, has indicated HopGuard is now available to be shipped into Vermont.

Mosquito Spray Update

Vermont State Apiculturalist Steve Parise wanted to pass along an update to the recent spraying for mosquitoes that took place last Thursday and Friday nights in the Brandon and Whiting areas of Vermont. He writes:

I was in the Brandon area on Friday, and the Whiting area on Saturday.  I looked at bee yards in or near both spray areas and observed no unusual bee activity or mortality.

Alan Graham, our entomologist was also in the spray areas on Friday and Saturday looking at insects foraging on goldenrod.  He observed a good diversity of bees, wasps and ants, including bumblebees, as well as three species of butterflies.  In his words, “Things looked very good”.

New Digital Additions...

VBA members can read two new digital publications in the Members Only area of the site. Wild Pollinators of Eastern Apple Orchards and How to Conserve Them and Native Bee Benefits are the latest additions. Find them under e-Publications.

Calling all BEEKS! Calling all BEEKS!

The Vermont Beekeepers Association is putting out an APB to anyone who would be interested in beepkgproviding one or two of your package bees for the April 28th, 2012 Intervale workshop.
Would you be willing to have your new bees used to teach other new beekeepers how to install packages?

Once installed you can then take them home ready to make you tons of honey. If interested please contact Scott Wilson at

The October 2012 Issue is Now Available in the Members-Only area...