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Store Opening 2017

The store has opened for the 2017 bee season as of March 1.  The best fullfilment slots typically sell out the first few weeks.  It is recommended that you order asap.

Queen's are typically made available for sale in May.

 

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Keeping You Updated on our Queen Supply

Let's face it.  Beekeeping is a challenge.  You use to be able to requeen about once every 3 years.  But now queens are not lasting as long with all the chemicals beekeepers use to keep their hives alive.  Its common now a days for beekeepers to requeen their hives not only annually but multiple times a year.  With the demand for queens many beekeepers are placing preorders earlier every year just to make sure they have some.  As spring gives way to summer beekeepers are still looking for queens.  

If you would like to be kept informed when we are taking preorders or when we have extra queens for sale, then be sure to join the appropriate News Group found in your account settings: Click Here

- Mark and Phil Hofland (Noble Apiaries LLC)

 

Here is a list of useful links for our customers.   We know that it is important for you to research or stay informed or even purchase bee supplies from others.   Please feel free to browse the following links.​

 

National Honey Board

A wonderful site with tons of useful information for honey suppliers. And be sure to check out their other site, honey.com - The Honey Expert for recipes, tips, even a section for kids that includes games and excellent honey facts.

American Beekeeping Federation
Industry news, conventions, 4-H essay contests, the Honey Queen & Princess, and other must-have information for the serious beekeeper.

Starting A Small Beekeeping Operation
This page, maintained by the UC Davis Small Farm Center, will help any prospective beekeeper get off to a good start.

Dadant & Sons
An excellent source for beekeeping supplies, this company can boast five generations of dedicated involvement in the beekeeping industry!

 
Absent minded professor

John Hafernik, a scientist at San Francisco State University, was looking for something to feed a praying mantis in his lab. He found some bees outside his classroom.

“But being an absent-minded professor,” Hafernik told the San Jose Mercury News, “I left them in a vial on my desk and forgot about them.”

A week later, Hafernik came across the vial where the bees were dead. To his suprise however, the dead bees were surrounded by young, developing flies. An adult fly was feeding on the bees.

Hafernik believes the parasitic might be a contributing factor to honey bee colony collapse.  Here is why:

  • The parasitic fly deposits its eggs into a bee’s abdomen.
  • The bee becomes infected by the eggs and begins acting like a zombie.
  • It stumbles in circles with no sense of direction, or may be unable to stand at all.
  • Finally, the bee leaves its hive and dies.

“It’s the flight of the living dead,” Hafernik said. “[The bees] kept stretching [their legs] out and then falling over. It really painted a picture of something like a zombie.”

Researchers have not been able to find the cause of the honey bee colony collapse. They believe that many factors are working together. Pesticides, lack of nutrition, disease, and stress have been thought to be part of the problem.

"We don't fully understand the web of interactions," Hafernik said. "The parasite could be another stressor. Or it could play a primary role in causing the disease."

Research is continuing.