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Blunders, Gleanings & Goofs


Miscellaneous tips on beekeeping moderated by Scott Wilson.

Scott describes himself as a "sideliner" in the beekeeping world. He is a Certified Beekeeper through the Vermont Beekeepers Association for which he serves as a board member and recording secretary, and life member of the Eastern Apiculture Society. He and his wife Valarie own Heavenly Honey Apiary in Monkton.

Comments, blame, admissions of guilt can be directed to scott@vtbeekeeper.com.


It's not a wasp

I wear reading glasses so that I can read and also to see deep into cells. When wearing the glasses I cannot focus on more than a foot away. The other day, during a dearth period, a pesky big blackish wasp kept trying to gain entrance into a hive. It would come near the entrance, I'd smoke it, and it would retreat. However, it really wanted in and kept coming back. After the third smoking/retreat sequence I had to take the glasses off to clearly see what this bug was all about. It turns out this was not a wasp but a very nice sized queen bee returning from a mating flight. Glasses are good but mated queens are better...The hive is now thriving. 


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