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Welcome to the Mt. Diablo Beekeepers Association


    September 10

General Meeting
, 7:00, Pleasant Hill Community Center,
Queen Reproduction
– Elina Nino, PhD, UC Davis Dept. of Entomology

(see more details here)

 

Our Monthly General Meeting on August 13th will be held at our new location:
Pleasant Hill Community Center
320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill
(map)


Check the MBDA event calendar for upcoming events and bee-workshops. If you would like to become a member, please join the MDBA today. If you have questions about membership, please contact us.


Swarms
This swarm is 30 feet off the ground in a maple tree.During the swarm season the MDBA Swarm Patrol volunteers will be available to collect swarms. If you call one of our members to request a swarm removal please be ready to answer some questions.

Swarming is a natural phenomenon. It's the way that honeybees expand their territory and ensure the continued survival of the species. Each time they swarm they double the number of hives and decrease the chances that disaster will wipe them all out.

Swarming is also a side-effect of the queen's preparation for spring honey flows. In late winter the queen will begin to lay more eggs in preparation for the influx of nectar and pollen in the spring. More food requires a larger workforce to bring it in.

But a larger honeybee population with more nectar and pollen stored in the hive also results in overcrowding. Beekeepers try to stay ahead of the bees by adding more supers (the white boxes) to the hive so that the bees will have more space. Unmanaged hives, though, soon fill up.

The swarms of spring leave home because nectar and pollen are flowing in and the hive is getting over-crowded.

Relax! When they're swarming bees are probably the most docile they will ever be. Before they leave the hive they fill up on honey to keep themselves going until they find a new home. Fat and happy honeybees, with no home to protect, are less likely to sting.

Once the bees have moved into a building, though, they're no longer swarms. Here's a great video of a structural removal - and a great illustration of why we recommend leaving structural removals to the experts.

Mt. Diablo Beekeepers Association (MDBA) is dedicated to educating communities about honeybees and the historic art of beekeeping.

Welcome. The Mount Diablo Beekeepers Association is one of the largest beekeeping clubs in California. We are an all-volunteer association working to promote beekeeping in our local communities while sharing fellowship and goodwill.

Monthly meetings are free and open to the public and feature a speaker addressing topics from practical beekeeping to research discoveries related to honeybees. The club meets the second Thursday of the month from January to October at the Pleasant Hill Community Center from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Thank you for your interest in the MDBA and we look forward to meeting you.