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W_-_chappie_Bee_Alyssas_Visit_Day_IV_018_copyAlachua Mayor Gib Coerper, Earlea Bee and American Honey Queen Alyssa Fine shared a few minutes at Hitchcock’s Markets in celebration of National Honey Bee Day.

ALACHUA – The 2012 American Honey Queen, Alyssa Fine of Monongahela, Pennsylvania, recently made a stop at Hitchcock's Markets as a part of her promotion of National Honey Bee Day.

This event is held each year as a public service to educate the public on what each of us can do to help save the honey bee, the disappearing pollinators.

Alachua's Mayor Gib Coerper stopped by to enjoy some of the delicious food Fine prepared using honey. Mrs. Bill Irby also stopped by with her daughter to say “hi” to club mascot Earlea Bee.

Many have heard of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and other problems bees face each day as they go about pollinating the crops that provide most of the foods we eat.

When unwanted pests on our flowers or in our gardens are killed, the honeybees that ensure a crop each year are killed as well.

There are alternative methods to rid crops of unwanted pests without dumping poisons on the plants and in the air. Next planting season try spraying crops with cayenne pepper mixed in water or with flour to dust the crops. It keeps away the sucking insects, but allows the honey bees to do their job of pollination.

When bees visit the plants they pick up any poison and take it back to the hive where it can kill the larvae that is being reared to replace the older bees. According to scientists, the average life span of a worker bee is about 30 days or less.

Buying local honey helps the bees in the area and the beekeepers that spend their time and efforts to give the bees a safe place to live. In addition to the quality honey produced by Chappie McChesney’s bees, there are others as well, who have joined the Alachua County Beekeepers Club to learn more about the fascinating honey bee.

Visit the website of the newly formed North Central Florida Beekeepers Association to find a bee club near you. The members are always willing to help interested people get started as beekeepers or just share information that will help become a part of the solution to saving our bees.

Visit www.floridabees.org or give Chappie McChesney a call at 386-462-2637. If you find bees in your yard, he will come out and remove any honeybees free of charge.

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W_-_chappie_Bee_Alyssas_Visit_Day_IV_018_copyAlachua Mayor Gib Coerper, Earlea Bee and American Honey Queen Alyssa Fine shared a few minutes at Hitchcock’s Markets in celebration of National Honey Bee Day.

ALACHUA – The 2012 American Honey Queen, Alyssa Fine of Monongahela, Pennsylvania, recently made a stop at Hitchcock's Markets as a part of her promotion of National Honey Bee Day.

This event is held each year as a public service to educate the public on what each of us can do to help save the honey bee, the disappearing pollinators.

Alachua's Mayor Gib Coerper stopped by to enjoy some of the delicious food Fine prepared using honey. Mrs. Bill Irby also stopped by with her daughter to say “hi” to club mascot Earlea Bee.

Many have heard of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and other problems bees face each day as they go about pollinating the crops that provide most of the foods we eat.

When unwanted pests on our flowers or in our gardens are killed, the honeybees that ensure a crop each year are killed as well.

There are alternative methods to rid crops of unwanted pests without dumping poisons on the plants and in the air. Next planting season try spraying crops with cayenne pepper mixed in water or with flour to dust the crops. It keeps away the sucking insects, but allows the honey bees to do their job of pollination.

When bees visit the plants they pick up any poison and take it back to the hive where it can kill the larvae that is being reared to replace the older bees. According to scientists, the average life span of a worker bee is about 30 days or less.

Buying local honey helps the bees in the area and the beekeepers that spend their time and efforts to give the bees a safe place to live. In addition to the quality honey produced by Chappie McChesney’s bees, there are others as well, who have joined the Alachua County Beekeepers Club to learn more about the fascinating honey bee.

Visit the website of the newly formed North Central Florida Beekeepers Association to find a bee club near you. The members are always willing to help interested people get started as beekeepers or just share information that will help become a part of the solution to saving our bees.

Visit www.floridabees.org or give Chappie McChesney a call at 386-462-2637. If you find bees in your yard, he will come out and remove any honeybees free of charge.

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