May 24, 1991 |
Beekeepers in Hammonton have been hit by the state's first major infestation of varroa mites, agricultural officials said. The varroa mite, which kills or cripples the developing young of the honeybee, can destroy a hive in two years if it is not discovered and treated with the chemical fluvalinate. Dennis Wright, a Hardingville beekeeper, said 2,000 of his 2,200 hives were infested while the bees were in Florida for the winter. He said Florida inspectors had certified the bees as mite-free when he left in mid-April.
July 28, 2011 |
When Annie Baum-Stein opened Milk & Honey Market in West Philadelphia, the first thing she stocked was local honey from Berks County. Today, she's bottling her own, and the honey is more local than ever - from the rooftop hive above her store. "It's herby and floral," she said, holding up a small jar of straw-colored nectar. "The flavor is much more complex than from other zip codes. " Next month, she'll begin selling honey from zip codes across the city. "The range of flavors is unbelievable.
May 24, 2007 |
Center City remains a very desirable place. Just ask the bees who have been swarming downtown lately. Over the last couple of days, thousands of Italian honeybees have come to Center City, most likely looking for a place to establish their hives. In the end, it wasn't a good fit. It all started Tuesday morning, when thousands of bees appeared on a tree outside Liberty Place at 17th and Chestnut Streets. That's when Nancy Schnarr of the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association was called in. She sawed off the tree limb and drove off with the bees in tow. Yesterday, another swarm showed up about noon on a planter outside the Borders bookstore at Broad and Chestnut Streets.
October 15, 2007 |
The high-pitched shrieks that greeted Maroon 5's arrival at the Spectrum on Saturday night left no doubt that the L.A. quintet can make tweens swoon with the best of them. But while they owe a good chunk of their success to the heartthrob appeal of singer Adam Levine (and the rest to their inescapable breakthrough single, "This Love"), Maroon 5 can play their instruments as well as pose with them. They're the boy band that actually is a band. Maroon 5's influences aren't difficult to spot, particularly Levine's affinity for Stevie Wonder's high-register quaver, but they mix and match exuberantly.
August 10, 2014 |
NORTHWEST PHILLY is buzzing - in a very literal sense. Just ask Anaiis Salles, the Germantown beekeeper who has built the better beehive at her base of operations at the Awbury Arboretum, on Awbury Road near Chew Avenue in East Germantown. "Philly itself is such a green city," Salles said, "but in Germantown and Mount Airy, we have lots of gardeners, and it creates a very good place for bees, with plenty of foraging. " Last June, Salles, the founder and operator of Awbury's Green Sanctuary Community Apiary, won a $15,000 federal research grant through the University of Vermont.
September 19, 2014 |
Local bee people tout Philadelphia as "the cradle of American beekeeping," since Lorenzo L. Langstroth patented the removable-frame hive here in 1852. It's still used today. Langstroth would likely be thrilled by the new local wave of urban beekeeping, as the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild, founded just five years ago, now counts nearly 150 members. Only a handful, though, are pros. Among them is Don Shump, owner of the Philadelphia Bee Co., who manages up to 100 hives at 15 apiaries across the city - when he's not mesmerizing audiences with a buzzing beard of swarming bees.
February 5, 1989 |
When Rich Fleming was a youngster growing up in Delaware County during the 1950s and 1960s, his parents made him join the 4-H Club. He didn't really like the idea, especially since he didn't live on a farm and had no ambition of becoming a farmer. He disliked the idea even more when he found out he would be taught all about a subject that didn't exactly spark his interest. The subject was bees. Today, Fleming, now 41, is thankful to the 4-H Club. For now he's a beekeeper.
March 4, 2007 |
In winter, queen bees don't need to migrate to St. Croix to bask in 90-degree temperatures. Instead, they're surrounded by their colony of worker bees that will use their wings to generate heat for their royal highness. This is just one of the strange and wonderful lessons new beekeepers were taught at the sixth annual Chester County Beekeepers Association meeting, held at Westtown School on Feb. 24. About 116 beginning and experienced beekeepers gathered for a daylong series of seminars on topics like "How to Find the Queen," "Bee Sex 101" and "Honey Production.
September 8, 2014 |
The cute part was the kids running around with fake antennae on their heads and yellow and black striped vests with wings on the back. The serious part was the discourse on how hives work and what's new with colony collapse disorder. For the eating part, visitors could sample the differences among Roxborough honey, Manayunk honey, West Philly honey, and Blue Bell honey. There was a drinking part, too. Mead, anyone? There were honeybees. And wannabees. For five years, the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild has thrown an annual fest to celebrate bees and educate the community about the peril they're in. Saturday, the event landed at Germantown's Wyck historic house, garden, and farm, a 2.5-acre oasis of green that just happens to have 15 hives.
February 6, 1991 |
Within a few weeks, commercial beekeeper Dennis Keeney will know whether disaster has visited his Bethel, Pa., apiary again. Normally, the Berks County beekeeper loses from 2 percent to 10 percent of his colonies over the winter, typically because cold kills the bees in the hives. But last year Keeney lost about 400 of the nearly 1,000 hives he and his partner owned. Keeney blames the loss of about 300 of the hives on a parasite called the tracheal mite. The mite causes blockage in, and punctures the walls of, a bee's trachea, or breathing tube, either killing the insect or leaving it weak and susceptible to disease.