In 2010 the University of Delaware’s apiary was rehabilitated and revitalized as a working, teaching apiary. The apiary consistently houses between 25-50 colonies during the peak season. A unique and special result of the increase in the number of colonies has been the production, harvest and marketing of Dare to Bee! Honey, featured in the UD creamery during the late summer and fall season. This honey is not only delicious but is produced by University bees and generates revenue that can be used to sustain the apiary.
Dare to Bee recent posts
- #beforeandafter It’s a magical morning in the apiary #udbeeteam #metamorphosis #chrysalis #monarch #monachbutterflySmall Hive Beetles! While not a sight a beekeeper usually wants to see, I couldn’t be more pleased. We are successfully rearing these destructive little critters in the lab for a new nematode study at UD. #smallhivebeetles #beekeeping #squirmy #udbeeteam #scienceWe got a great harvest from our new Flow Hive this year! Although harvesting honey was a snap, this is definitely NOT hands-off beekeeping. A colony in a flow hive still needs routine inspections and maintenance, so new beekeepers should not be tempted to “set it and forget it” #udbeeteam #honey #summer #harvest #flowhive #bees #pollinators #udbotanicalgardensWe had a great time showing off our apiary and insect zoo to UD’s Critter Camp this week!Installing queen cells today. We’re getting our system down, and have made some really nice cells from some of our best colonies. They’ll make a great contribution to improving our stock next year. #udbeeteam #queens #honeybees #summer #queencells #matingnucs #nucsBusy raising the queens that will take us through the winter.