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Just a reminder of the upcoming apiary visit and social at the Stinsford Apiary on Sunday 16th June at 14:00. This will be in place of the evening social for June.

Kevin Pope will be there and with is wealth of experience as a beekeeper and as a retired Seasonal Bee Inspector he will probably have lots of advice about the apiary and the colonies we have there.

There will be a picnic tea with bring and share cakes. We will supply tea and coffee but you will need to bring your own mug and cake if you have some to share.

Full details of the event are in the June news letter. If the event has to be cancelled due to the weather then an email will be sent out on the Sunday morning.

We did an apiary visit on Sunday. The blog is here. Amongst the photos I took was this one.

And that photo was what we saw in one of the hives. Perfect with one egg at the bottom of each cell and the start of a good laying pattern. Excellent!

But the next hive I caught this on camera

But in this cell there are multiple eggs in each cell. This is not a cause of concern at this stage. The eggs are at the bottom of the cell and therefore it is not likely to be a laying worker. Laying workers have a shorter abdomen and are unable to lay the eggs at the bottom of the cell.

This is most likely to be a queen who has not yet learned how to lay just one egg in each cell. Hopefully she will learn and soon.

I was particularly pleased to see the eggs. As anybody who has been on my Beginners' Course knows I am not the world's best at seeing eggs - in fact I have never seen them until now.

The full blog for last Sunday can be seen here.

The Beginners sessions have gone really well and there is a blog about the apiary work on this page.

Last weekend we had a Basic Assessment walk through for those who have kept a colony of bees for at least 12 months. There is a report about that in the Apiary section.

On the For Sale page there is a significant sale of equipment. The prices are exceedingly attractive and I suggest that you all have a look at what is on offer. This applies to both those setting up and established beekeepers. Click here to see what is on offer.

This is an early reminder of the visit by Kevin Pope to our apiary in Stinsford. If the chance of hearing Kevin won't get you there then perhaps the offer of tea and cake may persuade you.

With the weather we had last week we were optimistic that our Association Apiary would be doing well - and it was. For details have a look at the Apiary blog pages.

As the season progresses seasoned beekeepers realise they have more kit than they need. At the same time the new beekeepers are realising that they need more equipment. Do take a look at the "For Sale" page. I have recently added more items.

And the threat of the Asian Hornet has not gone away. Remember to check your traps and watch bait stations.

Gard d'Apis Trap
Gard d'Apis trap - fortunately empty!
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