Honey bees (or honeybees):
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Honey bees (or honeybees) are a subset of bees in the genus Apis, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests out of wax.
Honey bees are the only extant members of the tribe Apini, all in the genus Apis.
Currently, there are only seven recognised species of honey bee with a total of 44 subspecies, though historically, anywhere from six to eleven species have been recognised.
Honey bees represent only a small fraction of the approximately 20,000 known species of bees. Some other types of related bees produce and store honey, but only members of the genus Apis are true honey bees.
George and his friend Al Weichold kept bees in the Phoenix, Arizona area from about 1966 to about 1992. During that time they learned a lot about how to produce honey in Arizona. George learned most of what he knew about beekeeping from Al. George shared what he learned by teaching beekeeping for several years. This page shows a little bit of what that beekeeping experience was like.
As the years passed the Phoenix area became less agricultural and more urban. The killer bees were migrating into the area from Mexico, the Trachea Mite and then the Varroa Mites began to become problems. More and more citrus trees were being destroyed for homes and more and more laws were being passed that restricted where bees could be kept.
George and Al both decided to abandon the beekeeping business and to move on to other interests. Of course, once a beekeeper, always a beekeeper and the love of beekeeping is still there.
Al moved on to El Paso, Texas and started keeping bees as a hobby in that area until his passing after a short illness a few years ago.
George still lives in the Glendale area, in a urban neighborhood about a quarter mile from where he kept his bees. George never thought that this would have happened as it did! Glendale and Peoria have certainly grown, but George often wonders; what will be their future without the bees?
Well, now a new chapter in the life of George, the beekeeper, has begun!
George, has a new friend, John R. Balfour Ph.D., or "The Energy Doctor," who has George interested in keeping bees again.
And then, Georges wife, Eve DeLange, - AKA: (The Queen Bee); also got very interested in bees! She just can't seem to learn enough about bees!
George and Eve, now have started their own new bee hive, at their getaway home in Yarnell, Arizona.
Several of our neighbors, in Yarnell, have stopped by to look at the bees.
They also are excited, as they now know, that their gardens and orchards will be well pollinated! You see, they also had noticed the decline of bees in the Yarnell area, and they were worried too!
George in now learning all about beekeeping again!
The "Queen Bee," & George will keep you updated on these web pages!
|Catching A Swarm!!|
A Swarm lands
On A Creosote Bush
|Place A Swarm Box|
With Honey Comb,
Lid Open, Next To The Swarm
|They Go Inside|
To Fly In
And Out The Front
|After About 15 Minutes They Are|
Almost All Captured!
Slowly Start Closing The Lid
|Close The Lid|
Come Back In The Night
Move Them To New Location
At New Location!!
|Check On Their Progress|
After A Few Days
Move To A
Regular Size Hive
|After About Six Weeks|
They Should Be
A Strong Productive Hive!
Find That Bees
|Do Better Close|
To Water In Shade
|Sometimes You Have|
To Keep Them
In The Sun But They
Have To Be Near Water
|Some Beekeepers Permanently|
Place Hives On Trailors
To Easily Move Them
To The Flowers
|Some Trailers Are Large||Some Trailers Are Small|
|On Cold Days|
About Seven Weeks
Before The HoneyFlow
Start Feeding The Bees
To Make The Queen Lay Eggs
Barrels Are Full Of Sugar Water
|Some Move Bees|
On Pallets To Trailors
To Follow The HoneyFlow
|George And Some Premium Honey||George's Honey Extractor|
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|Link To: The Beekeepers Association of Central Arizona.|
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