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How Many Bees in a Hive

A hive can contain up to 70,000 bees in midsummer. There will be 1 queen, 250 drones, 20,000 female foragers, 30,000 female house-bees, 5,000 to 7,000 eggs, 7,000-11,000 larvae being fed, 16,000 to 24,000 larvae developing into adults in sealed cells.

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County Newsletter June 2009

Published 31.May.2009, 11:44am

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No. 44 COUNTY NEWSLETTER June 2009

County Show News
It has been decided that we will have a competition this year at Detling, There will, however be just one class. A colour print. The print may be of any size and must be mounted on card. 160 gsm card is acceptable. Any colour of card may be used that has a maximum size A4 (300mm x 210mm). A title should be placed centrally below the bottom of the print.

First Prize £50, Second Prize £30, Third Prize £20. Only one entry per person. Entrants must be members of Kent BKA, Medway BKA, Thanet BKA or Dover & District BKA.

Entries should be delivered to the Margaret Calder Pavilion on Thursday 16th July to KBKA General Secretary, John Hendrie before 6:00 pm or on Friday 17th July before 10:00 am. Mary Hill will judge the entries. Entries may also be posted to John Hendrie at 26 Coldharbour Lane, Hildenborough TN11 9JT to arrive not later than Wednesday 15th July. Exhibits may be collected after 5:00 pm on Sunday 19th July. If you would like you exhibit returned by post a stamped addressed envelope must be supplied. There will be no adhesive of any sort used for displaying the prints.

Bee Diseases Officers
Alan Byham has advised the Seasonal Bee Inspectors for South East England are:

Nick Withers 01883 722194
David Rudland 01883 622788
Caroline Washington 0208 209 0065
Diane Steele 01903 745667
Michael Cooper 01622 891226

Areas are shown on a map sent to all Branch Secretaries or Download Here.

If you think you may have brood diseases please contact one of the SBIs.

Government Worried?
The WI have put forward a proposition to ask the government to provide more money for bee research. This has generated huge interest in beekeeping and many of you have been asked to speak on beekeeping to your local WI. This appears to have rattled the government who are now taking beekeeping seriously. See the June BeeCraft magazine!

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