Swarms and Splits: A Workshop for Second Year Beekeepers
March 23, 2024, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
If you’ve gotten your beehive through its first winter in Colorado, congratulations! You’re about to have a second-year hive! With a second-year hive comes all new adventures in beekeeping, one of the most important of which is swarming. When a colony swarms, not only does a beekeeper lose their valuable, experienced queen, but other issues, such as a failure to produce a new queen or swarms moving into dangerous locations, can occur. It is in a beekeeper s best interest to learn how to artificially create a swarm by doing a split to prevent their bees from becoming a community nuisance. It is also beneficial for new beekeepers to learn about swarm behavior and how they can get themselves free bees by becoming a swarm catcher.
In this workshop, we’ll learn all about swarms, including signs that a colony is going to swarm, how to prevent your hive from swarming, how to make more hives by making splits, and basic swarm catching techniques.
Meet our bee expert: Lorna McCallister is a biologist from Tampa, Florida. She studied wildlife biology with a minor in entomology at the University of Florida. She also completed her master’s degree at the University of Florida with a thesis on insect and avian pollinator communities in southern Africa. She learned beekeeping through a course at UF, the Tampa Bay Beekeepers Association, and interning with Butterfly Pavilion’s Bees for Elephants Project in Sri Lanka and Kenya.
- $40 Non-Member
- $35 Member
What You'll Learn:
- Recognizing Early Signs of Swarm Preparation
- Importance of Swarm Prevention in Beehives
- Artfully Creating Swarms through Hive Splits
- Understanding Risks Associated with Natural Swarming
- The Impact of Losing an Experienced Queen in Swarming
- Risks such as the Failure to Produce a New Queen and Choosing Unsafe Locations
- Becoming a Swarm Catcher: Benefits and Free Bee Opportunities
- Exploring the Fascinating World of Swarm Behavior
- Classroom Lesson: Building Foundations in Beekeeping Knowledge