Cybil Preston, State Apiary Inspector, MDA
Phone 410-841-5920, Fax 841-5835, Cell 410-562-3464
The Summer/Fall Drought was brutal. Colonies of bees cruised right through their stores or were not able to gather a fall goldenrod or fall aster flow because the plants were struggling in to the extremely dry weather.
I am again seeing a large number of "Fall Crash or "Fall Dwindle:" mostly seeing poor or spotty brood patterns. Pupae are being removed or partial removal in large numbers, and there is a lack of nurse bees. We are actually seeing deformed wings and also varroa on workers as they emerge from cells!
Yellow Jackets and European hornets plaguing beekeepers hives and more than a handful of calls from non beekeepers also.
Field Watch/Bee Check, Survey
Mack & Tukka
Maryland's AFB dogs will be back into their inspection routine soon. We will work on commercial beekeepers moving to California first.
No Canada Queens
Bees across state lines
If you are purchasing bees from another state please make sure they are inspected from the state of origin before shipping! The Maryland Department of Agriculture must receive the Inspection report and permit from the state of origin before the bees are shipped into Maryland.
This rule applies to both Nucleus colonies and packaged bees. Packaged bees usually have a general blanket inspection permit in order the we mayknow where imported bees are coming from.
Maryland Nuc Producers, Take Note!
If you are planning on selling nucleus colonies in the spring. It is your job to have them inspected for out-of-state sales. It is the beekeeper/sellers job to know whether the hive will be crossing state lines. Don't wait until the last minute: notify your inspector early.