Newsletter September 2022
those who managed to get to the Leas in Kingsdown last month to a fabulous site;
on the cliffs, the Channel & France in front & a Spitfire circling
overhead. Thanks to Mr Peter Finch for his hospitality & to Terry &
Tony for demonstrating how they will apply oxalic acid when the time comes in
December, working as a team, very careful of the chemicals.
I am due to
count the varroa mite drop from my hives after their first Apiguard dose, they
have not had this particular treatment for a few years, always a good idea to
vary treatments. I am also feeding as well, some purchased fondant, followed by
quite late to flower in my area, bees love its pollen & nectar, but the resulting
honey, though delicious, sets quite hard in the combs, may be a removal problem
for the spring unless the bees consume it all! A
cautionary tale for you from the US
man who was stung at least 20,000 times by bees – and even ingested some of the
insects – during a mishap while cutting tree branches is expected to recover,
according to his family.
Austin Bellamy, 20, climbed high
into a lemon tree in Ripley, Ohio, last Friday to help trim it when he
mistakenly cut into a bees’ nest, his mother said “When he started cutting, the
bees came out, and he tried to anchor himself down, and he couldn’t … He was
hollering, ‘Help! Help me!’ Bellamy was unable to get down from the tree
because he was harnessed. Watchers were unable to climb the ladder since they
were also under attack by the bees.
Paramedics and the Ripley fire
department responded to the scene and cut Bellamy out of the tree. “He was just
covered in bees. It looked like he had a black blanket on his head down to his
neck, down to his arms.”
The fire department told his
mother that the bees were a hybrid of the western honeybee and east African
lowland honeybee that is considered much more defensive than other bee
Emergency responders transported
Bellamy to the University of Cincinnati medical centre by helicopter where
doctors discovered that he had also ingested about 30 bees.
“They left stingers like an inch
long” his mother also told TV, adding
that he suffered kidney failure from the attack. On Wednesday evening, Bellamy
woke up from a medically induced coma and is expected to make a full recovery, but
still in the hospital with breathing problems. His oxygen keeps dropping but
much of the swelling has gone down.
Take care in the garden! Please…..
I have a clash on September
24th, but have always supported the Dover Urban Fair.
This month’s meeting
Saturday 24th September at the DDBKA
Eythorne apiary at 2:30 pm, at Eythorne Court
CT15 4AD. It is along
Shepherdswell Road, near Eythorne, travelling towards Shepherdswell, on the
left, near a black wooden building. We park in the next field; you will see
cars and a gate to enter. If you are a new member or visitor, please make
yourself known, we get busy!
Bear in mind that the site includes an apiary & we
urge you to take care in the vicinity of bees, bring your beesuit & wellies
if you have them, make sure you have informed us of allergies & sting
reactions if you are aware of them.
Q & A
session also; 2 or 3 hives may be opened, particularly for beginners to have a
taste of inspection routines & to compare progress.
Tea [£1] and raffle as usual. Bring your own mugs!!!!
- Remember to change your
- Sorry to miss you this