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May's workshop was on hive inspection. Travis Treeter, Florida State Bee Inspector, was the guest speaker. There are two hives dedicated to teaching at the University of South Florida Botanical Gardens. The original hive is on a taller stand. The small hive beetles have decreased with no other treatments or methods. Many of the frames in the students hives have burr comb on the lower bar because they decided to use medium frames in deep supers. Most of the students had not seen a bee hive untl this year, not nailed one together until March, and not had their own hive until April. I think a few had not inspected their hive other than lifting the top until this Saturday. There are already honey supers on a few of the hives made this April.
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October's workshop was requeening. We discussed when to, how to, why requeen and how to select and buy queens. Two frames of brood were pulled and larvae removed for examination under magnifiers and dissectiong microscopes. The point was to demonstrate how easy it is to find and identify one day old larvae for grafting. It was the first time most had ever seen brood removed from the cells and the various stages up close and personal. Next year we will try to get some micro-shots to share.
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There are two hive building workshops this year in March. The next is the last Saturday of the month.
We offered several options, probably too much - pine or cypress, box or rabbet joint, 3/4 or 1 inch wood.
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We used one instructor per table of two.
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We split the class into two weekends to cut the class size in half.
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We emphasize glue and nails/staples with ten nails per frame.
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We encourage and have several families, some with children, to learn together.
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We save the air nailers/staplers until they have naled one frame the hard way.
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All these pictures and more are available at http://americasbeekeeper.com/USFBG_2011_Bee_Workshops.htm
and http://americasbeekeeper.org/USFBG_2011_Bee_Workshops.htm
 

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The USF College of Arts and Sciences houses a hidden jewel on the Tampa Campus, one of the USF System’s great treasures, the Botanical Gardens. Home to a wide variety of native flora and fauna, the Gardens serve the dual purpose of offering an oasis for the university and community it serves, as well as providing a nurturing environment for important research projects. Classes in disciplines ranging from environmental science to pharmacy use the Gardens to further the research enterprise at USF.
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