Backyard Beekeeping in Naples, Florida…
NaplesBees Apiary is a hobby apiary located in the Naples, Florida area. Managing bees in Southwest Florida is exhilarating and, with a little effort, one can harvest honey and wax. I became addicted to the fascinating hobby of backyard beekeeping and have successfully harvested many pounds of honey and wax over the years. Along the way I learned and continue to learn new things about beekeeping. My goal with this web site is to showcase what hobby beekeeping is and maybe generate an interest to get started yourself so that it may help you enjoy something truly special and rewarding. It can surely be said beekeeping is as much an “art” as it is a science!! I hope you enjoy reading on this web site about some of my Naples area beekeeping adventures!
Did you know?……. It takes a almost 3 million flower visits for the bees to make a pound of honey. The honey bee is the only insect on earth that produces food eaten by man and honey is the only food on earth that does not naturally spoil. A hive will try to maintain its internal temperature in the mid 90’s regardless of the outside temperature….. nature’s natural thermostat if you like it hot !!
Buyer Beware…..Did you know that most store bought honey is probably not real honey or is diluted with non honey additives? If you want the real honey buy it from a local area beekeeper or you’ll get this! Read about our honey here.
11/7/2019 – We did our third honey harvest of the year. Eight of the hives had a significant amount of fall season capped honey. It is delicious and a beautiful rich light amber color.
10/19/2019 – Bees hanging out on a rainy cloudy day. The foraging bees on the bigger hives are staying put today and “beard” up on the outside of the hive box. If they all went inside, the hive would overheat so they spend time taking turns outside and getting wet.
7/30/2019 – We did our second honey harvest of the year. As shown in the short video below, care is taken to harvest the absolute best honey which is only “capped” honey …. the honey that has been fully processed by the bees.
7/14/2019 – Getting close to doing another honey harvest. BeeCams show busy July mornings for most of the hives…. visit our LIVE BeeCam page to see what’s happening right now in the NaplesBees apiary.
6/17, 6/18, 6/19, /2019 – Busy with hive removal activities. See picture details of these removals from a trash can, a copper planter bin and a water meter here.
4/1, 5/28, 6/8, 6/12, /2019 – Busy with hive removal activities. See picture details of these removals from a boat, water meters, and a shed here.
4/9/2019 – NaplesBees.com donated a “honey basket” to the annual dinner of the Genealogical Society of Collier County .
4/6/2019 – NaplesBees.com had a table at the Collier County Mosquito Control open house at the Naples Airport. The observation hive sparked a lot of conversation about bees and hobby beekeeping!
3/30/2019 – A hive from an oversize water meter was removed. See a picture here.
3/6/2019 – The first honey harvest of the year was done today. This was a little early in the season, but the bees have been very active and a small harvest of 141 pounds was available and put in to one pound and 8oz bottles. Over 7 pounds of wax was collected. Click here to see a short video on how the bees clean up any residual honey from the collected wax comb.
2/2/2019 – There has been a third BeeCam added to the network. This BeeCam number 3 is an experimental camera setup to show a closeup of the entrance of an active hive. What is particularly interesting is an observation of the color and amount of the pollen that is being brought back to the hive. This activity is always a good indication of the health of the hive.
1/22/2019 – We have had some very cool nights (in upper 40s) and I took advantage of a warm afternoon to take a quick look at all 20 hives. All the hives looked full of active bees with the frames in the supers mostly covered with bees. This is a very good sign and shows, so far, the hives are remaining strong going in to the colder months. Many hives have a couple supers of capped honey which the bees don’t seem to have touched yet. I am a happy beekeeper!!
1/2/2019 – A quick look at some of the hives showed all to be in good shape. All the hives have been fairly active at the entrances with the relatively warm weather we have been having.
12/6/2018 – An inspection of the hives in the apiary showed all hives to be active. I estimate there is several hundred pounds of capped honey frames, but that will be left for now in case we get significant cold weather and the bees then might have a need for it.
11/14/2018 – A hive high up in a tree near a guest house was removed. See a few pictures here.
11/6/2018 – Looking to get in to Naples area backyard beekeeping? Check out what NaplesBees can offer here.
10/14/2018 – Large hive removed from a tree behind the NaplesBees apiary and placed in our apiary. See a few pictures and video here.
9/26/2018 – Swarm traps full of bees! More details here .
8/24/2018 – The NaplesBees apiary hives are exploding in numbers. See a few pictures and video here.
7/23/2018 – Today started with a visit from the Florida District 14 Apiary Inspector. Hives in the apiary were inspected for compliance with the Florida regulations for apiaries in the state.
7/11/2018 – I completed the second honey harvest for the year. I was able to harvest from about 7 of the larger hives and the result was 275 pounds of honey.
7/3/2018 – Bees in a bird house were removed from an East Naples location here.
6/26/2018 – A small hive was removed from a water meter box here .
5/4/2018 – I completed the first honey harvest of the year. This harvest resulted in about 305 pounds of honey which ended up in 1 pound, 12oz, and 8oz bottles. This is the biggest harvest I have every had and could not have been done without the use of the motorized honeycomb press I had made.
4/28/2018 – The NaplesBees table at the Collier Mosquito Control District open house was a good success with lots of interest in the observation hive. The queen was found (with help) many times as she was observed busy laying eggs.
4/6/2018 – A second BeeCam was brought online today. It gives a overhead and more complete view of the apiary. Check it out on the BeeCam page.
4/3/2018 — Bad news and good news…. A few weeks ago I noticed several of our recent hive removal boxes (3/15/2018 and 3/2/2018) were queenless and nad no brood. To save these colonies, we tried introducing a few mature queen cells in to each of these hives. They apparently successfully hatched and the queens have been accepted because today’s inspection found a queen running around in each hive. Hopefully these queens will survive going forward and grow the hives.
3/15/2018 — A swarm removed from a cypress tree branch here.
3/3/2018 — A homemade observation hive has been built here.
3/2/2018 — A large hive was removed from a house outside wall here.
1/26/2018 — A large hive was removed from a shed wall here.
1/2/2018 — Cooler temperatures have forced the bees into a low activity mode. Relatively few bees are venturing out for foraging.
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Below is a recent view of the NaplesBees apiary
view looking left and right from the BeeCam1 stand