Southern New Mexico Beekeepers


Southern New Mexico Beekeepers

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Another petition

Here is another petition from Credo, I don’t see a conflict in signing two petitions, we sure could use the pressure.

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Dog Canyon 1 Reply

Has anyone got the bees in Dog Canyon yet? If not, I will go. Claude Claflin 575-430-2911Continue

Started by Claude Claflin. Last reply by Rob Shepler yesterday.

Swarm 7 Replies

A student told me this morning that there was a swarm around one of her trees yesterday afternoon, and they were still there this morning, and they settled on the tree a bit later. I'm too new to…Continue

Started by Gloria Villaverde. Last reply by Paul McCarty on Friday.

New Hive 1 Reply


Started by Kevin W. Thatcher. Last reply by Paul McCarty Apr 10.

Pics of bees and Bloosoms


Started by Kevin W. Thatcher Apr 10.

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Comment by James H DAWDY on August 27, 2012 at 7:42pm

Rob- I just checked my hive and noticed exactly the same thing.  Lots and lots of worker brood, and drone brood like the bees think it's the June/July swarm-mating season- as a matter of fact, more drone brood than I've seen in the last couple of months (though not enough to be worrisome that the queen is pooping out).  Wonder if the bees know something about the onset of fall that we don't?

Comment by Rob Shepler on August 27, 2012 at 5:54pm

The Beeweaver hives have had a nice build rate, I hesitate to call these bees swarmy, they most certainly have a strong swarm impulse. They were not at all over crowded and they were not honey bound. The tassels on the clover are about half bloomed, so there is more nectar to be had up here, my hives are still building so I don’t think it is an effort to be rid of excess population before fall. Most of my hives are still laying and building brood at a good clip. I certainly did not expect this swarm at this time of year, but all of my hives are making drone brood. Go figure.

Comment by Paul McCarty on August 27, 2012 at 8:05am

Are they just building up too fast or are they just swarming regardless of hive size?

Comment by Rob Shepler on August 27, 2012 at 3:54am

These were the Bee Weavers again.

Comment by Paul McCarty on August 26, 2012 at 9:19pm

I don't have much luck with swarms. I prefer doing cut-outs. Very cool! Which bees were these?

Comment by Diana Calkins on August 26, 2012 at 4:17pm

How exciting!  How about you and Betsy come over next Sunday to take a gander at our hive?  As long as there isn't stormy weather, that is.

Comment by Betsy Shepler on August 26, 2012 at 3:26pm

It was amazing to see the little dance the scouts were performing! Even more amazing was to look at that big undulating ball of bees and Rob says "Oh! There's the queen!" and sticks his fingers into that buzzing mass on the branch and comes up with her! Wow!

Comment by Rob Shepler on August 26, 2012 at 10:59am

I caught my first swarm of the year today!


I got the swarm call from the bees themselves. I happened to go peek at my bee yard and saw some interesting activity and sat down to watch the whole thing unfold.


I had just checked that hive yesterday and found open brood and capped brood, but no eggs. There was a couple of what I thought were emergency cells in the middle of the comb, they had plenty of room, light stores, yep must be a supercedure.




I did use the trick that I learned from James, I watched till I found the queen and then captured her and put her in a queen cage. It really makes catching a swarm a sure thing, they signed the lease.


I keep thinking that fall is just around the corner, but I guess that the bees disagree.

Comment by Rob Shepler on August 25, 2012 at 2:27pm

More bees in the news, this one is about urban beekeeping. 

Comment by Rob Shepler on August 24, 2012 at 7:56pm

The latest news on the bear fence program with NM Game and Fish from our friend Jessie Brown.

Hi Rob, here is the information I received from Les as of 8/6/12 about the Bear Fencing though G & F:  


"I just talked to Jerry Radcliffe.  He says that he now has 40 new units for the beekeepers, they cost about $375 per which he considers relatively inexpensive considering the benefit, and that there is a delay in the department due to a change in leadership that is requiring the contract be reworded.  But that soon the units will be going out to beekeepers again.  Yeah!  If a beekeeping business requests many they will only get one so that more people can get the one they need.  Bureaucracy requires a little patience and Jerry does not feel that it will be long nor that they need a letter or delegation from the public to break any logjam at this time."



I'll forward your email on to him again to see if he has heard any new information.


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The New Mexico Beekeepers Association is a non-profit organization of private beekeepers, commercial beekeepers, persons interested in promoting the importance of the honey bee in the environment, and businesses related to the honey industry. Representing all regions of New Mexico, the Association maintains a close affiliation with the State of New Mexico's Department of Agriculture. Membership in the Association is open to all interested persons.


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