Presentation by Keith Tignor on Queen Rearing

This links to the presentation by the State Apiarist Keith Tignor at the August BANV meeting.


Small Scale Queen Rearing

2015 Beekeeping Classes

We will post registration information on this site,  probably by the end of this month when we have nailed down class sites/dates.

Basically, BANV will host 2-3 classes in 2015, running 8 sessions with each a 2-hour session, and generally starting in late February or later.  Registration is limited to 75 this year.  Your tuition ($100) will cover all class materials and applicable club dues (local and state).

This is an intensive course designed for people who WILL keep bees; it is rigorous, not a general course about bees, but one to prepare you to be a beekeeper.

In addition to course costs, you should expect to spend a minimum of $300-400 on your beekeeping gear, supplies and hive equipment, as well as buying your starter colony. This year, typical costs were $90 for a bee package (an unestablished colony) and $145 for a nuc (a nucleus colony or small established hive).

This is not a hobby for the dilettante but requires adherence to best practices, local laws, a commitment of time and energy, physical ability (you should be able to lift at least 40 lbs) and especially a sense of responsibility to your bees. But those of us who keep bees find it rewarding, fascinating, and challenging.

Please check back on this site for updates.

Rob McKinney
Education Chair

Pesticides and Pollinators @ Green Springs


The Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society invites you to our October lecture:

Pesticides and Pollinators

A Presentation by Nathalie Steinhauer

Thursday, October 9

7:30 – 9:00 pm

Green Spring Gardens

4603 Green Spring Road

Alexandria, VA

703 642-5173


VNPS programs are free and open to the public.

No reservations are necessary for lectures.


Nathalie will talk about the effects of pesticides on pollinators, with a focus on neonicotinoids.  She will cover effects of pesticide residues, pesticides found in foraged pollen, in bee hives, toxicity and sub-lethal effects on bees and other insects, and most ominously, the knowledge gaps in the industry.


Nathalie Steinhauer is a current PhD student of the vanEngelsdorp Lab at University of Maryland, department of Entomology.  She graduated with a Master in Biological Sciences from Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium and with a Master Research in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation from Imperial College London, UK.  Her PhD project’s objectives are to apply epidemiological approaches to honeybee health and identify best management practices associated with reduced colony mortality.

As part of the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP), Nathalie has been responsible for organizing the National Honey Bee Colony Loss and Management Surveys for the past two years and published the results of this study in the Journal of Apicultural Research (  Find more on BIP’s website:

At UMD, Nathalie was the teaching assistant for two years in the class “Pollinator in Crisis,” a class designed to introduce students in non-scientific majors to pollinator biology, the biodiversity crisis and its impact on food security.  Nathalie also participated in a series of extension events to promote pollinator awareness in association with the student’s group PollinaTerps and the UMD Arboretum and Botanical Garden.


2014 BANV Picnic

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From 1:00-5:00 PM 


Glencarlyn Park Picnic Shelter #2

301 North Harrison St.

Arlington, Virginia


Bring side dishes and desserts to share.

BANV will provide hamburgers, hotdogs,

vegetarian burgers, and drinks.


Heading toward Washington DC on Route 50, go south (right) on Carlin Springs Rd. Turn left onto 3rd St. which turns into South Harrison St. Follow into the park. 

See you next Saturday!!!


August 26 BANV meeting

Ladies & Gents, Four quick items for you….

1. It’s my pleasure to tell you that the man, the myth, the legend – Keith Tignor, State Apiarist – will be giving us a talk during the August BANV meeting!
2. The meeting will be held this coming Tuesday, August 26th, at 7pm, at the usual spot – Mason District Police Station, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003.
3. I forget what #3 was.
4. Keith has some words of wisdom about local queens, nucs, and inspections, to be followed by audience Q&A. If you have a question for Keith that you suspect may require more than a top-of-his-head answer, please send it to me off-list (dvdmueller@gmail.con) and I will forward to Keith in advance.

Hope to see you there!

David Mueller

Time and place for BANV picnic

The September meeting will be a picnic at Carlin Springs Shelter #2 located at 301 S Harrison Arlington Va. 22204. 2:00 to 5:00.


Additional details to follow.

Save the Date! BANV Picnic

Saturday September 13.

Time and location to be determined.

This will be our September meeting.


June 24, 2014 BANV Meeting Notes



Meeting called to order at 7:00 by President David Michaelson


Approximately 45 attendees



Outreach Budget – Vote to increase budget by $650 was approved by group


Items of Note and Announcements:

Web site committee has not met yet – will do so in near future – anyone interested in supporting contact David Michaelson


Outreach events – Arbor day- booth well attended as was the Celebrate Fairfax day

Outreach events are listed on the BANV web site


Arlington Co Fair – Aug 8-10

Larry Kelly and Dane will be in charge of Arlington Co Fair – need people to work – please contact


Members can sell honey at the fair.


Arlington Adult Ed class coming up Aug 12? – Paul will confirm date


Aug Speaker will be Queen Rearing Group – Raising Queens in Small Apiaries – You Can Do It!


Sept Meeting will be a picnic – volunteers should contact David Michaelson


Swam Management – teams is underway – send messages to the list serv address


Reminder that there are 3 extractors available to BANV members – check web page for locations


Making BANV a 501c3 non-profit organization – Pres David Michaelson poled the group for interest. Most in attendance were unfamiliar with the need or issues so discussion will take place at Oct meeting. Parks to supply write-up on


4H Bee Club – Brenda Kiessling – Aug 2-3 there is a 4H fair at Frying Pan Park


Refractometer – 3 folks tested their honey courtesy of Whitney Long providing the instrument and Julie? doing the readings– all tested under 18%.


Activities in Apiary: Rob reviewed items to be aware of in July-Aug

Dearth is here

Varroa mites – watch the counts

Start harvesting honey – should be 95% capped

Robbing may increase

Now is the time to prepare for re-queening


Speakers: Frank Litton – Observation Hives, Gavin Dawson from South Africa – Bee Tales


Frank gave a great overview of the value and how to make observation hives. You can fine more information at


There are a number of different types of observation hives. An example of observation hives was passed around.


A few key things to remember – if permanent – think about placement in the house – both for the bee exit and the viewing and maintenance.


Keep the temperature at 65 degrees through the winter.


The bees will walk a long way through a tube to reach the outside.


Gavin Dawson – South African Bee Tales


Gavin gave an interesting view of what it is like to deal with bee swarms in S. Africa. He removes approximately 45 hives a month!


Interesting comments on honey bees seeking out factory waste and producing peppermint and other flavored honeys as well as a very black molasses based honey.


He also referenced a book and felt honey and stings have many medicinal properties – Honey the Gourmet Medicine by Joe Traynor


Meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm



July 22 Meeting

The BANV Queen Rearing Group (QRG) will be giving a presentation on local queen production & selection, distribution & tracking, and including tips on installing your awesome, free, virgin, local queen.

As Rob would say, “The usual announcements and other shenanigans are all part of the evening, so come on out and join your fellow beeks, new and old, and brag about your honey harvest!” We are meeting at the usual place, usual time. 7PM – Mason District Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA.

June Meeting – June 24

Two speakers:


1.   “Observation Hives” by Frank Linton

Title: Observing Honey Bees at Home: Selecting, Installing, and Enjoying an Observation Hive

Watching your honey bees, fascinating social insects that they are, and as necessary as watching them is if you want to understand them, is impossible without opening the hive and disturbing the bees.

Even if you open the hive carefully and the bees initially continue to go about their business, they soon realize that things are not right, and react accordingly.

What are your options for observing bees then? One option is to have an observation hive.

An observation hive is simply a beehive with glass windows.

In an observation hive, the size and shape of these windows, the size and shape of the hive, and the layout of the interior of the hive are all arranged to optimize your view of what the bees are doing.

This presentation will get you started on selecting, installing, and enjoying your observation hive.
2. Dawson Bee Removal Business in Durban, South Africa”by Gavin Dawson. 

Mr. Dawson, no stranger to our area, is visiting from afar and joins us courtesy of new-bee Susie Rush.

Usual time and place – Mason District Center @ 7


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