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.

My bees thank you!


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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 23 hours ago.

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 Diana Calkins on March 19, 2014 at 9:00pm

Rob, Robert and I are going to invest in a good magnifying glass.  Our regular glasses just aren't enough to see the tiny eggs anymore.  :)

Comment by Diana Calkins on March 19, 2014 at 8:58pm

Wow, Bill.  That's a catch!

Comment by W.C. Arnold Jr. on March 19, 2014 at 8:10pm

Paul, I do not know much about the queening process.  I might need you or rob help me look at my hives.  Claude and I did another removal today in Tularosa.  We used a tractor to remove the tree on the spool and I bet we got about 50 thousand bees(i'm guessing), Honey was flowing everywhere and coated all my tools and everything else. 

Comment by Rob Shepler on March 19, 2014 at 6:34pm

Put me on the list Paul! I would love to have one of your queens.

Comment by Diana Calkins on March 19, 2014 at 5:57pm

My weaker hive isn't so weak anymore.  A huge amount of bees doing orientation flights today but no drones showing in it or the other hive.  Lots of honey being stored in the 4 bars past the brood nest.  Pending weather, will be going back in next week to do a thorough check and take whatever steps necessary.  

Comment by Paul McCarty on March 19, 2014 at 5:54pm

Locals only though...

Comment by Paul McCarty on March 19, 2014 at 5:53pm

For all you guys doing removals, I should be cooking up some queens very soon. I will let them go cheap to get my genetics spread around.

Comment by Paul McCarty on March 19, 2014 at 5:50pm

I have not seen any drones. I am on pins and needles waiting and hoping they don't swarm before I can split. My bees down in town have drones, but at last check, they were not flying yet.I am waiting until they are strong enough to split. Only a couple are yet.

Comment by Rob Shepler on March 19, 2014 at 4:19pm

Bill it looks like capped brood and uncapped larvae. Eggs are too small to see in a photo like that, they look like tiny grains of white rice, about 1/16" long. They should be well centered in the cell and should stick up from the bottom. At this point in my life I need GLASSES to see them and I look for them every time I go in the colony, they tell me more about the queen, than looking at the queen does. Very seldom to I look for a queen, the brood really tells her story better.

Comment by Rob Shepler on March 19, 2014 at 4:15pm

Hey Ken, comb is a valuable resource in a colony, I would never recommend indiscriminate removal. If on the other hand you have some burr comb or some cross combing that prevents you from working the hive it does need to be dealt with. A beekeeper should be able to go through the entire hive without too much trouble. I look forward to your pictures! 


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