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Now Accepting Sponsor A Hive Applications For 2020!

We are now accepting applications for our 2020 Sponsor A Hive Program!  If you’re interested in hosting a bee hive on your property next season, this is the program for you.  For a nominal fee, you get your very own hive placed on your property from April through August, we do all of the maintenance and you get to keep some of the honey!  For full details and to fill out an application, visit our APPLICATION PAGE.

Welcome to Victory Garden Apiary, located on the former Reynolds Victory Garden in beautiful Princess Anne, MD.  Our number one goal is preservation of the honeybee colonies in our area and public education on honeybees.  If you have honeybees on your property and need them safely removed, you’ve come to the right place!  We also sell honeybee colonies, honey, beeswax and bee products to support our cause.  Future plans include guided apiary tours and possibly a small honey tasting area.  If you’re interested in checking us out, please contact us for information!

 

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The queen from last weekend's swarm was marked and released yesterday. It's a good size colony, so they have a good chance of bulking up their food stores before winter. We'll keep monitoring them to give them the best chance of survival.

#saveTheBees #beesofinstagram #beekeeping #bees #apiculture #apiary #Delmarva #delmarvalous @ Victory Garden Apiary
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The guard bees are on duty! These ladies ensure only those allowed to enter the hive make it through the entrance. They face outward to greet incoming traffic and hold their wings up rather than folded flat on their backs. They are the first line of defense against Invaders that may threaten the colony. ...

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We missed our post yesterday for National Honeybee Day! We stayed out in the heat too long and made ourselves sick. Today was a better day, complete with a swarm!

#saveTheBees #beesofinstagram #beekeeping #bees #apiculture #apiary #Delmarva #delmarvalous
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It's fun to watch them do their little dance!

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Between 4:00 and 5:00 in the evening every day, my hives experience a traffic jam of returning foragers. Oddly, it's rare to see it happen to two hives at once. One at a time, you see a flurry of activity as that colony's workforce returns for the evening. By 5:00, all is calm.

#saveTheBees #beesofinstagram #beekeeping #bees #apiculture #apiary #Delmarva #delmarvalous
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In late summer, you can almost always find several hives having an afternoon party on the porch.

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Most bee enthusiasts we encounter know we use smoke to calm bees during an inspection, but aren't exactly sure why it calms them.

Smoke has several effects, but there are two major things it does that help beekeepers check in without setting off defensive behavior, the first of which is masking the smell of pheromones.

Bees use a wide variety of pheromones to communicate. The one we're concerned with during an inspection is alarm pheromone, which directs the bees to become defensive because an intruder is attacking the hive. Masking the detection of this pheromone keeps the bees much calmer.

The second effect is basic survival instinct. Bees know where there's smoke, there's likely fire that could potentially destroy their home. They begin filling their honey stomachs just in case they need to relocate, ensuring they carry food with them. When honeybees are loaded with honey, they become lethargic, which adds to the calming effect.

We use a little smoke as possible and work quickly to keep stress levels to a minimum. Once we know they're healthy, we button them back up and move on.
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Good morning #Delmarva !

#saveTheBees #beesofinstagram #beekeeping #bees #apiary #apiculture #delmarvalous
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This is one of my super healthy colonies that's packed with plenty of resources and a massive population. I'll definitely be making splits from this hive in the spring.

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These ladies started their day with a little wash boarding.

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