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Bee Gadgets on Display!

Inventors! Bring your bee gadgets to the family picnic
and share them with 
the club members who missed 
June's Educational Meeting!


We are a group of beekeepers in the northwestern corner of Virginia who are dedicated to increasing public awareness about beekeeping and the valuable role of honey bees  in nature and agriculture.  We promote the art and science of beekeeping. 
Curious about bees, interested in learning about bees, or already a beekeeper,
come visit us, we'd enjoy meeting you!


There is a shocking future awaiting us if we don't work
to help save our precious pollinators.

Explore our website and learn more about the importance
of bees and how beekeepers are working to resolve this crisis.

Q.) What is the hobby of beekeeping called?
A.) Apiculture - Beekeeping is called apiculture. Apiculture refers to the maintenance of bee colonies in manmade hives. Basically, apiculture is the scientific method of raising Honey Bees.

Q.) Why don't beekeepers get stung often?
A.) Beekeepers use strategies to avoid stings. Beekeepers also often use smokers when working with their bees. A little smoke around the hive helps to calm the bees and make them less active. When they're calm and docile, bees are much less likely to sting.

Q.) Do bees remember you?
A.) Bees may have brains the size of poppy seeds, but they're able to pick out individual features on human faces and recognize them during repeat interactions.

Q.) Can bees recognize humans?
A.) Well, we don't all look alike to them, according to a new study that shows Honey Bees, who have 0.01% of the neurons that humans do, can recognize and remember individual human faces.

Q.) What colors do bees not like?
A.) Bees instinctively perceive dark colors as a threat. Wear white, tan, cream, or gray clothing as much as possible and avoid black, brown, or red clothes.

Q.) Do bees like music?
A.) Scientific studies show that Honey Bees prefer the music genre of "Bee-Bop" more than anything.

Q.) What to give to a dying bee?
A.) If you find a tired bee in your home, a simple solution of sugar and water will help revive an exhausted bee. Simply mix two tablespoons of white, granulated sugar with one tablespoon of water, and place on a spoon for the bee to reach.

Q.) Can bees fly in the rain?
A.) They can fly in light rain, but they don't like to. They use the sun for navigation, so cloudy, wet weather isn't their favorite thing. A heavy rain can make their wings wet, slowing them down.

Q.) Do bees drink water?
A.) Bees need food, water, and shelter. The pollen and nectar that constitute a bee's diet don't contain much moisture, so bees must have a water source.

Q.) Why are there no king bees?
A.) There's no such thing as 'a king bee'. A honey bee queen is the single most important bee in a colony, as she produces the population in a colony.

Q.) Do bees poop?
A.) So, to answer the question on everyone's lips, yes, bees do poo; however, they are exceptionally clean, polite and hygienic animals and will groom themselves and each other like cats to maintain their pristine yellow fur coats.


Online Calendar Monthly ZOOM Meetings,
Links  & Presentations
 BONS on FaceBook
Exceptional Beekeeping     Websites 

Educational Videos

State Aparist & Regional Bee Inspector




Hive Materials for Sale

  • BONS BeeShop Store: (click here
  • Member orders can be picked up on the first Saturday of the month between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. at the shed at Blandy
  • Monthly order cut off for BeeShop orders: Last Thursday of each month
  • Map to BONS Storage shed at Blandy (click here)

(BeeShop sales restricted to club members)



Interest Survey - There's still time to respond
Please take a moment to fill out our quick survey. (click here)

May 2021 ZOOM Educational  Meeting -
May 13, 2021
Member Only Access 
available now to view
Speaker: Dr. Jim Tew – Bee Culture Magazine 
Topic: Swarms and Swarm Management  – An Overview 


Did You Know?


Q). What is a great way to spend an afternoon?

A)Reading an interesting article (click here) or visting the BONS Library (click here) .


Due to continued COVID-19 restrictions all BONS community events, service opportunities, live club meetings and activities are postponed. 

We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.
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BONS Monthly Newsletter
Did you miss the president's monthly newsletter?
To Catch up or start fresh. 
(Click here)

If you have not been receiving a newsletter please contact Paul Peters. 

Northern Virginia Honey Bee Annual Cycle
This is a suggested checklist of events in a beekeeper’s year. Weather conditions, hive locations, hive equipment, and the type of bees will influence actions and events throughout the year.
(click here)


Hey beekeepers join in and lend a hand!

Sky Meadows Beekeeper Needed:
Volunteer beekeeper needed to take care of the apiary at Sky Meadows.
Contact Bruce Bryant 
for details.



To submit a calendar date - (click here)
Please fill in the information and select submit.

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