Center Of Michigan Beekeepers

Queen Rearing Class June 8/9

The Center of Michigan Beekeepers (COMB) club is holding a queen rearing class on Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9.  The class will be instructed by  Dr. Roger Hoopingarner, Michigan State University Professor Emeritus of Entomology and Dr. Meghan Milbrath, Michigan State University, Department of Entomology and Michigan Pollinator Coordinator of the Michigan Pollinator Initiative and Zachary Huang, Michigan State University Department of Entomology.

Even if you don’t expect to raise queens it will be a great opportunity to help understand the inner workings of the hive and why the bees do some of the things they do.  Knowing the conditions that are necessary to raise good queens will also give you the insight as to what to do to avoid swarming and to help with other hive manipulations.  Subjects covered will be queen and drone biology, setting up cell starter and finishing colonies, grafting, small-scale queen rearing, and the information for creating the proper conditions for creating quality queens.   

The fee for this class will be $75 for the two days which will cover the book Queen Rearing Essentials written by Dr. Larry Connor, materials, and supplies used.  If the book is not needed the enrollment fee will be $60.  The hours will be Saturday, June 8 from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. and Sunday, June 9 from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.  Class size will be limited to 15 students so don't hesitate to sign up if you are interested. 

Because the size of the class is limited you must be registered and confirmed to attend the class. The class will be at located at the home of Mike Risk, 7575 Hollister Rd. Laingsburg Mi.  48848  For more information please send questions to 
Class participants will be responsible for their own lunch.  A menu will be provided from a local restaurant which will do delivery.  Coffee and other refreshments will be provided in the morning.

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