Category: Beginning Beekeeping



Registration is open for the 2020 Beginning Beekeeping course!  If you are seriously considering keeping honeybees (or simply want to learn more about beekeeping) this is the course for you! This six-session course will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM starting February 12, […]

Checklist for Beginners

The List for March: Crunch Time for New Beekeepers If you’ve decided to give beekeeping a try, it may seem like you have plenty of time before your bees arrive. There is still time to get everything pulled together, but some of the tasks need […]

Beginning Beekeeping Videos

Attention beginners.  As you receive your packages or nucs here are some great videos on how to install either.

Buy NUCs and Packages Locally

Buy NUCs and Packages Locally

Need BEES?  Maryland Beekeepers Association created a bulletin board to help beekeepers selling NUCs or Packages.  Here is the Click HERE Only Need a QUEEN? Click HERE for our list of Local Beekeepers with QUEENS for Sale This list is provided as a free service, and  MSBA does not screen […]

2019 HCBA Beginning Beekeeping Course Resources

Welcome to the 2019 Beginning Beekeeping course!  We’re excited that you want to learn more about these fascinating creatures, and perhaps even start a colony or two this season.   As the lectures are presented we will add the presentations to this page.   Select from […]


The Honey Bee Health Coalition has published BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR HIVE HEALTH A GUIDE FOR BEEKEEPERS A fairly comprehensive guide to beekeeping You can get a pdf version of it here LINK

2019 Beginning Beekeeping Course

Thank you for your interest in the HCBA Beginning Beekeeping Course.  Unfortunately, registration for this year’s course is closed.  If you would like to receive information on upcoming courses offered by the Howard County Beekeepers Association, use this link to be put on our notification […]

How to Apply Mite Away Quick Strips

It is that time of the year.  If you have not checked your hives for mites here is a video on how to do it. Varroa Mites Inspection   If you find you need to treat, formic acid strips is an easy application.

FAQs About Beekeeping

Getting started in small-scale beekeeping Do I need to register my hives if I have only one or two? Maryland law requires anyone who owns or is in possession of honey bees to register the colonies within 30 day, then annually thereafter. Registration is done […]

Components of a hive

Components of a hive

  From the bottom up: Hive stand- Holds the hive above the ground to avoid moisture from rain, improve ventilation and minimize intruders such as other insects. Bottom board- Contains the bottom of the hive.  It has an insert to control ventilation, a screen Entrance […]

What is Beekeeping

What is Beekeeping? First the Bees, bees are insects that live in colonies that have one queen bee. She is solely responsible for the growth of the colony as she is the only one who can procreate. Bees do sting as a method of protecting […]

Beginning Beekeeping Resources

    So,  you are interested in becoming a Beekeeper.  It is a wonderful hobby which will get you in touch with nature and these wonderful creatures.  It is challenging, but not overwhelmingly so. The benefits are numerous to you and to your immediate environment.  […]

Ten Steps to Start Beekeeping

Courtesy Ontario Beekeepers Association  (posted with permission from OBA)     Ten Steps to start beekeeping   JOIN A LOCAL BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION For those wishing to start beekeeping there can be no better first step than to join a beekeeping association. Most associations, comprised of […]

Beginning Beekeeping Five Questions to Ask Yourself

Courtesy Ontario Beekeepers Association  (posted with permission from OBA)   Contemplating becoming a beekeeper?  Here are five questions to ask yourself. Have you ever been stung by a bee (and lived to tell about it)? Kidding aside, allergies to bee stings are no joking […]

Advice for new beekeepers from Honey Bee Suite

Advice for new beekeepers from Honey Bee Suite

With April comes the inevitable question, “What advice would you give a new beekeeper?” I seriously hate this question, mostly because it is fraught with undertones of philosophy. But once again, I will attempt an answer. Please don’t write back and exclaim, “But that’s just […]

2018 Begginner’s Classes Lectures

2018 Begginner’s Classes Lectures

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Serafinas Bee Movies

Phil Serafinas is a long time member of Howard County Beekeepers Association.  He has a YouTube channel and a number of interesting videos.  Here is a sampling.  While you are in YouTube SUBSCRIBE to his channel so that you do not miss any of his […]

5 Tools You Need As A Beekeeper

5 Tools You Need As A Beekeeper

Other than a sensitive and intuitive feel for the bees, a bit of flexibility, and a good sense of humor, there are few physical necessities to tending a hive of domestic honeybees. But that’s not to say several key pieces of equipment won’t enhance your […]


A Abdomen – the posterior or third region of the body of a bee enclosing the honey stomach, true stomach, intestine, sting, and reproductive organs. Absconding swarm – an entire colony of bees that abandons the hive because of disease, wax moth, or other maladies. […]

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