May 12th Meeting: “Honeybee House Hunting”

Please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday 12th May at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg  when Dr  Marcel Durieux will give a talk on Honeybee House Hunting.


This talk is based on Professor Tom Seeley’s book “Honeybee Democracy”, which describes his research into how a swarm locates a new nesting site.  Dr Durieux will summarize the scientific data, focusing on those areas that are of most interest to the general beekeeper. Also discussed will be some of the history on how this research came to be. An article on building a bait hive will also be discussed.

Marcel Durieux MD, PhD is professor of anesthesiology at the University of Virginia, and a backyard beekeeper with an interest in bee biology. Much of his academic research focuses on improving outcomes after surgery. Another part of his professional work involves teaching in developing countries, which has led to an ongoing collaboration with beekeepers in Rwanda. Prof. Durieux has published several articles in our beekeeping journals.

We will also have our monthly beekeeper raffle and a “what should you be doing with your hives this month” discussion.

Please consider bringing a snack or drink to share.

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