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Natural Awakenings of Greater Ann Arbor & Detroit / Wayne & Monroe Counties Michigan

Queen-Rearing Bee Workshop

Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers will conduct a Queen-Rearing workshop with veteran beekeeper and queen producer Paul Mazur from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 30, at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretuem.

By the end of the course, participants will know the essential conditions needed to successfully raise queens on their own, including: the honey bee life cycle, the importance of understanding caste differentiation and hive and queen cell manipulations, as well as other subjects related to the theory and scientific evidence concerning queen development. Students are required to have had a bee class and at least two years of successful beekeeping experience.

Proper grafting technique will be emphasized and critiqued by the instructor as all students practice this skill in the classroom or field. A modified Cloake board method for queen-rearing will be presented. Class notes and practice equipment will be provided. Students will be given a grafting tool, frame and cell cups to take home. Students will be able to purchase additional queen rearing items if desired.

Cost is $55. Location: 1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor. Register at For more information, visit