August 2013

The Northwest Arkansas Bee Keepers Club met on 12 August 2013.  The club meets on the second Monday of each month, at the Agrilcultural Extension Office on the campus of the University of Arkansas.
 
CLUB OFFICERS
 
Club President:  Tom Nichols
Club Vice President: Mark Eaton
Treasurer:  Nancy Kahanak
Secretary: Victor Mathis
 
The overall purpose of this club is to promote and assist citizens of North West Arkansas in the raiseing of bee colonies.  This includes everything from the boxes bees live in to the harvest of honey.  Anyone interested in becoming a beekeeper in encouraged to attend the monthly meeetings to learn how to do become one. 
 
BEE FACTS:  A honey bee flies up to 15 mph and its wings beat 200 times a SECOND which translates to 12,000 beats PER MINUTE---no wonder they dont live very long!  It takes 10,000 worker bees to gather the necter, process it, to make ONE LB of HONEY.
 
QUOTE: "if the {honey} bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years left. NO more bees means NO MORE pollination...NO MORE plants ...NO MORE MAN"   what famous person made this quote???????
 
The Meeting topic for the night is " The Wonderful World of Wax" (Bees Wax!)  by Paul and Ellen Knudsen.
 
WAX Facts It takes 8 lbs of Honey to make 1 lb of wax... Ellen identified over 35 various uses for bees wax rangeing from cosmetic uses to medical uses.  For the bee keeper rotating and harvesting the beeswax helps to create AND maintain healthy hives.
 
SOLAR WAX MELTING was the preferred method for melting the wax.  Advantages include the beneficial effect that direct exposure to sunlight has on the was itself.  Paul showed a home made wax melter made from an old window frame.  PAUL showed a picture of his solar wax melter wherein the collection pan was a Thanksgiving turkey pan.  Even sluge from Mouth Attacks can be melted and salvaged.
 
Wax that has sludge from dirt, bee parts, dead moths, etc can be filtered by useing a womans nylon hose and hot water.  The stocking with the wax in it is "dipped" into hot water and the wax minus the sluge comes through the stocking leaveing behind the sludge.  The next day the wax is easily removed from the water which by then cold.  It is important to make sure that the wax does not exceed 185 degrees otherwise it will turn brown.  The bottom of the cap will have some sludge which needs to be cut off with a knife. 
 
WAX CANDLES were identified with advantages being no smoke and slower burning due to the higher melting point for the beeswax. 
 
Paul covered the damage that wax moths can cause a hive of bees rangeing from foundiation damage to the damage done to the wood in the frame.  Freezeing frames that are infested for up to 48 hours is a very effective method.  POLYDICHLORIDE BENZENE (Moth Crystals) is effective also except on moth eggs. 
 
Bees Wax is created from specialized glands in the bee's body and then is chewed by the bee to form the traditional comb 6 sided cell.  Bees Wax candles are used in Catholic Church services.  These candles contain 51% bees wax.  Bees Wax candles were also used in early Pagan Worship services.  
 
The Bees Wax demonstration was informative and helpful.  Thank you Paul and Ellen!!!
 
THE ANSWER:  The quote was from ALBERT EINTEIN...Austrian Physicist and observer of the human condition.
 
See you all next month...till then KEEP BUZZING!!!!
 
 
 
 
    
 
 
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