Bee Boyz and Girlz

Bee Boyz and Girlz ….. is an informal gathering of some Naples area hobby beekeepers that get together once in a while to share bees and beekeeping information.  There is no political correctness, no membership dues, no officers, no rules……… just a fun group of new and old hobby beekeepers helping one another in the true spirit of backyard beekeeping. 

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11/5/2020 – Bee Boyz and Girlz news…..One of our beginning Bee Boyz and Girlz beekeeper gets her first honey harvest!!  It is always exciting and rewarding to see actual delicious raw honey from your very own hives.  The beekeeper’s apiary that produced this honey is the 5/25/2020 entry further down this page. 

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10/31/2020 – Bee Boyz and Girlz news…..A new beekeeper gets his feet wet with his first removal.  This removal came from a garage wall and was good size with lots of brood comb.  The homemade beevac will need a little refinement, but it did work and the bees and comb were moved in to a brood box and placed in his apiary.

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9/19/2020 – Bee Boyz and Girlz news…..Two hives were moved out to the apiary of a new beekeeper’s location in Golden Gate Estates.

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9/13/2020 – Bee Boyz and Girlz news…..Bad news for one of our new beekeepers out in Golden Gate Estates.  During the early morning hours the complete apiary was destroyed by a bear or bears.  The odor of the hives and honey can carry a long distance and is an irresistible attraction to the animals.  This was the apiary set up on 5/16/2020 pictured further down on this page.

8/27/2020 – A new Bee Boyz and Girlz beekeeper got their first hive from a removal done earlier in the day by a couple other BeeB&G beekeepers.  The bees were moved out to this Golden Gate Estates home where a new apiary was being set up.  The bees can look forward to a good home.  Love that pink!!! Who says beekeeping can’t be both fun and fashionable !!!!

The hive was placed in a new beekeeper’s Golden Gate Estates apiary. Click on picture for a larger view.

 
   

8/7/2020 – The Bee Boyz and Girlz group got together to remove a large hive from the roof overhang of a Marco Island house. The attempt to get the original swarm to move in to a box was tried for a few days with no success, probably because the bees had already started to build comb on the soffit. So the decision was made to vacuum up the bees, catch the queen and transport the bees to their new home at a Bee Boyz and GIrlz member’s apiary in Golden Gate. The whole crew was given a chance to operate the beevac and scoop up a handful of bees to help look for the queen.

Large hive located on the roof overhang. Click on the picture for a larger view.

In just a few days after the swarm landed they had already built comb and that is probably why they never moved in to the box. Click on the picture for a larger view.

Toward the end of the vacuuming process, the queen was spotted and caged. Everyone got a chance to see up close what a beehive queen looks like.  Click on the picture for a larger view.

A queen member of the Bee Boyz and Girlz group brought a special crew to the removal site and they were a big help to get the bees vacuumed up and look for the queen. Everyone got a chance to operate the beevac and also gently scoop up a handful of bees while looking for the queen.  Click on the picture for a larger view.

5/25/2020 – Bee Boyz and Girlz member news…. Another new beekeeper’s great apiary setup in the Golden Gate area of Naples. The bees will be getting installed soon. The fence is a precaution to protect the hives from any potential bears known to be in the neighborhood.

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5/16/2020 – Bee Boyz and Girlz news…..Naples beekeeping locals get together to help install a new hive in a new apiary located in the back yard of a local Golden Gate area beekeeper. What’s great about backyard beekeeping is that the bees are usually very adaptable and apiaries can almost always be set up in a manner that fits in with the beekeeper’s situation. Time will tell how well the bees accept their new home!!!

Brand new apiary setup in Golden Gate, Naples, FL

Installing a new hive of bees and release of the queen.

bees and queen release getting set up.

Why not dress a hive box up? Some say it helps the bees more easily identify their home. Click on picture for a larger view

1/2/2020 – Bee Boyz and Girlz news…..A new beekeeper in Marco Island is keeping hives in a creative way at his waterfront house located on a canal.  Notice in the right picture a couple hives with little weathervanes!

   

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