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Keep on Keeping on, despite the losses

It has been awhile since I have posted.
We worked our way up to 6 hives and then lost all but two.
So we are in a re-building phase.
Some were from caught swarms, so they absconded.
Some were bought from commercial beekeepers  and they were weak hives that did not do well.
Losses also affected many local keepers. One man had 30 hives and he lost 20.
One many had over 100, he is down  to less than half that.. He lost many in the recent flash flooding.
Time to keep on keeping on..
Here are images of some of the roses that the bees have been feeding on in the last year. I will be posting more shortly. You can also follow me on my instagram feed at

Nymphenburg Blooms

Peace rose

Double Delight

Double Delight

Double Double Delights

Double Delight

Double Delight

Cherokee Rose- Trail of Tears...


Honey Makes the Sweetest Gift

Considering that it takes one honeybee to make  
about 1/4 of a teaspoon of honey at best in her lifetime, 
Honey makes a precious and delicious gift.  
Please consider giving Local Honey this Holiday Season 
and support your local Beekeepers and clubs. 


"Apis Mellifera: Honey Bee" a high-speed short by Michael N. Sutton

I am not sure where Michael got his bee facts I do not agree with how all of them are presented, ( on the landing board they are not cooling the hive.) but his footage is amazing!!!!!!!!!

"Apis Mellifera: Honey Bee" a high-speed short from Michael N Sutton / @MNS1974 on Vimeo.
Those clips and more available to license via Story&Heart. Link to :

Last week I wanted to film something in high-speed (I shoot something every week to keep it fresh). My Bullfrog film had done well on the internet and I wanted to step up and challenge myself. I have wanted to film bee's for quite a while and luckily for me there happened to be an apiary in my town. Allen Lindahl owner of stepped up and allowed me to film his hives. It was 92 degrees out and the sun was bearing down, but I was told sunny days are when the bee's are most active. Without a bee outfit, I was ready to shoot. I was able to get pretty close to one of the hives (about one and a half feet) which was perfect for using the Canon 100mm Macro IS. I primarily filmed with the Canon 30-105mm Cinema zoom lens wide open. I also used a 300mm Tamron and a Nikon 50mm. I had my trusty Sound Devices Pix 240i as a field monitor and for recording ProRes via the HD-SDI out of the Photron BC2 HD/2K. It was very hard to track the bee's as they fly very fast and were getting a little bothered by how close I was to the hives. I was only stung three times which is pretty remarkable due to my proximity and my lens poking almost into the entrance way of the hive. I shot for approx 2.5 hours each day. It was so hot I got a pretty bad sunburn and the camera was hot enough to cook a fat porterhouse. There was a few moments that were intimidating when bee's started landing on my arms, face, in my ear and on my eye. I just stayed still and they went on their way with the exception of the three stings (1 on the arm, 1 on the neck and 1 under my ear). Bee's are actually quite docile and would prefer not to sting. They just want to make honey.

Shot/Dir/Edit by: Michael Sutton @MNS1974

Equipment used:
Camera: Photron Fastcam BC2 HD/2K high-speed S35 camera system w/ custom trigger & batteries (1000-6800fps) 2K, HD (1080p & 720p) and SD
Lenses: Canon 30-105mm Cine zoom, Canon 100mm Macro, Nikon 50mm, 300mm Tamron SP
Recorder: Sound Devices Pix 240i w/ Sandisk CF cards
Support: Kessler Crane Carbon Fiber Stealth, Manfrotto 516 head w/546GBK tripod

Music Licensed via:
Licensor's Author Username: lacisz
Licensee: Michael Sutton
Song: Dubstep Drift
Item ID: 4234563
Purchase Date: 2014-07-01 23:08:46 UTC

Special thanks to:
Mike Cohen
Allen Lindahl of Hillside Bee's
Heather Sutton
Eric Kessler and Chris Beller of Kessler Crane

Contact: Michael Sutton
email: mike at frozenprosperity dot com
phone: listed on website
twitter: @MNS1974


Beekeeping at Tulane

So excited to see a Beekeeping Club at Tulane
The more Beekeepers the merrier!


pollen Picts on Red Bee Marinas Intagram feed

Red Bee Marina has some amazing images on her site and of her hives and honey tastings..but this one really caught my eye. Checkbout her pages


Flight patterns and Shared Airspace

The "Flow" hive

The "Flow" hive. I am not sure how I feel about this design in terms of materials and the bees, but wow, what a concept!


Honey Bees activity

The  bees are starting to slow a bit in activity right now as the weather cools a bit.
 I went out and checked the hives this week.  I am now up to six working hives.
Italian and Russian.
Always wear a bonnet when you work with  bees.
It just makes for a more relaxed experience. 

 I always wear my suit and bonnet and still have received less than ten stings in my four years for working with bees, but then I try to respect them and approach them with care.  Below are both my honeybees and native pollinators at work in my garden and yard right now.


Thirsty Bees

One of our honeybees takes a sip from the bee waterer
The honeybee's mirror, and
a place to sip water on a hot day


18th Annual Field Day at the USDA Honey Bee Lab in Baton Rouge

Contact: Margaret Prell
Phone: 985.863.3641
18th Annual Field Day at the USDA Honey Bee Lab in Baton Rouge
The USDA Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory and the Louisiana State
Beekeepers Association will hold the 18th Annual Field Day on Saturday, October 11, 2014. The
event will be held at the laboratory, located at 1157 Ben Hur Rd. This is near the intersection of
Nicholson Drive (Hwy 30) and Brightside Dr., which is about two miles south of the LSU
football stadium.
Gates will open at 9:30 a.m.; activities are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A
nonrefundable pre-registration fee of $30.00 is required for attendees 12 years of age and above.
Children eleven and under, must stay with their parents at all times. 

You must pre-register by October 1, 2014. 
You may register on-line at and pay through PayPal or credit
card or you may mail your registration form that is located on the web site and
your check payable to the Louisiana Beekeepers Association to: David Ferguson, P.O. Box 716,
Brusly, LA 70719. If you do not pre-register by October 1, 2014, the cost will be $35.00 per

The registration fee covers expenses including coffee, pastries and a great-catered lunch that
includes Bar B Q Chicken Leg Quarters, Smoked Sausage, Dirty Rice, Bar B Q Beans, and
Garden Salad with choice of 4 Dressings, Fresh Baked Honey Wheat Rolls, Honey Bee Cake and
Coke Products.
The Field Day will include courses for beginners and more experienced beekeepers as well as
workshops for those interested in a variety of topics. The beginning beekeeper course will begin
with how to get started for those who do not yet own bees, then will progress to how to manage a
few colonies. Topics will include equipment needs for the beginner, nectar producing plants,
maintenance of colonies, pests, safety and etiquette in beekeeping, and hands on training in an
active colony. The intermediate beekeeping course was a hit last year and it will be offered
again with a variety of topics focused on the beekeeper with a moderate amount of experience
that is now ready to take it to the next level. Topics will include anticipating equipment needs
throughout a season, pest management, honey processing, and swarm catching. There will be a
variety of focused workshops for those not attending the courses (typically the more advanced
beekeepers), i.e., queen rearing, instrumental insemination, small hive beetle control, good honey
plants and artificial nutrition sources. These workshops will represent both the USDA-ARS Bee
Lab’s research and beekeeper experiences. At the end of the day, the intermediate and advanced
groups will come together over active colonies. Here they will have the opportunity to discuss a
variety of topics and ask laboratory personnel and experienced beekeepers questions while
gaining some hands-on experience in an open hive.
For additional information please contact Dr. Lanie Bourgeois (225-767-9299), Sandra Hineman
(225-767-9280) or Joe Sanroma (318-346-2805).


A Little Bee Humor

Why do bees have sticky hair?
Because they use "honey combs"


So very excited to be moderating a panel on Pollinators tommorrow at the International Farm to Table Symposium!

Yahoo! Good Yahoo News for bees and other pollinators!

" The move follows a regional wildlife chief’s decision on July 9 to ban neonics  in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands by 2016. The nationwide ban, however, goes further as it also prohibits the use of genetically modified seeds to grow crops to feed wildlife. A FWS spokesperson declined to comment on why the agency was banning genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in wildlife refuges. But in his memo, Kurth cited existing agency policy. “We do not use genetically modified organisms in refuge management unless we determine their use is essential to accomplishing refuge purpose(s),” he wrote. “We have demonstrated our ability to successfully accomplish refuge purposes over the past two years without using genetically modified crops, therefore it is no longer to say their use is essential to meet wildlife management objectives.” GMOs have not been linked directly to the bee die-off. But the dominance of GMO crops has led to the widespread use of pesticides like neonicotinoids and industrial farming practices that biologists believe are harming other pollinators, such as the monarch butterfly . Neonicotinoids account for 40 percent of the global pesticide market and are used to treat most corn and soybean crops in the U.S. “We are gratified that the Fish and Wildlife Service has finally concluded that industrial agriculture, with GE crops and powerful pesticides, is both bad for wildlife and inappropriate on refuge lands,” Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said in a statement. "

Buckwheat + Beehives = delicious honey in the making

Side view of the hives - now at six, in our apiary;
Hope, Faith, Love, Grace, Charity & Patience
Buckwheat sprouts in my garden

Why Buckwheat? the nectar produces a darker and more complex honey than citrus.
 and evidently, it is good for you; 
The study found that a small dose of buckwheat honey given before bedtime provided better relief of nighttime cough and sleep difficulty in children than no treatment or dextromethorphan (DM), a cough suppressant found in many over-the-counter cold medications."

Fellow Beekeeper Kevin Mixon Installing a hive at SOFAB!


More on NEONICS from USGS
 and links there to more articles on pesticide runoff


Neonicotinoid insecticides dissolve easily in water, but do not break down quickly in the environment."

This is the first broad-scale investigation of neonicotinoid insecticides in the Midwestern United States and one of the first conducted within the United States."

“We noticed higher levels of these insecticides after rain storms during crop planting, which is similar to the spring flushing of herbicides that has been documented in Midwestern U.S. rivers and streams,” said USGS scientist Michelle Hladik, the report’s lead author. “In fact, the insecticides also were detected prior to their first use during the growing season, which indicates that they can persist from applications in prior years.”

"One of the chemicals, imidacloprid, is known to be toxic to aquatic organisms at 10-100 nanograms per liter if the aquatic organisms are exposed to it for an extended period of time. Clothianidin and thiamethoxam behave similarly to imidacloprid, and are therefore anticipated to have similar effect levels. Maximum concentrations of clothianidin, thiamethoxam and imidacloprid measured in this study were 257, 185, and 42.7 nanograms per liter, respectively."

 Read the full article here - plus images and contact information


The Louisiana Beekeepers Association (LBA) will hold the 18th annual field day on Saturday , October 11, at the Honey Bee Lab in Baton Rouge.