Letters to the Editor

 Letters to the Editor - January 2015


Bees for Development

Thank you for the excellent article that you have published about us by William Blomstedt (Volume 154, No 11, page 1247).  We are all delighted by this article – William visited us by chance and for just one day, and has captured the essence of our organisation very well indeed.  We hope that we might gain a few more supporters in North America.
Thank you again for providing us with this excellent coverage, and with kind regards

Dr Nicola Bradbear
Director, Bees for Development
President, Apimondia Scientific Commission Beekeeping for Rural Development
1 Agincourt Street, Monmouth NP25 3DZ
United Kingdom Tel  +44 (0)1600 714848
The Bees for Development Trust UK Registered Charity 1078803
We help vulnerable communities in poor countries to achieve self-sufficiency through beekeeping

First North American Honey Bees Brought by Spanish Settlers?

In the September issue of ABJ, author Cecil Hicks (pg 999) attributes the introduction of European honey bees into North America to the Jamestown settlement in 1622.  While this dovetails nicely with his story about a Virginia beekeepers guild, it is factually incorrect.  The Spanish settlement of Santa Elena in 1564 located in Port Royal Sound, South Carolina (on what is now the Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot) was the first introduction of European honey bees into North America.  This introduction occurred 68 years before anyone set foot in Jamestown. 

According to Timothy Drake of Clemson University, these honey bees spread approximately 200 miles to the north, south and inland via swarming before anyone set foot in Jamestown.  Most authors continue to attribute the introduction of honeybees to Jamestown erroneously.  Thank you for your consideration. 

Dr. Drake said, “Honey Bees had moved as far inland as Tennessee by the late 1700’s, so early settlers coming to the Piedmont of SC, and NC Mountains, did not have to take bees with them when they travelled westward from the coast or down the Great Wagon Road from Virginia. They just captured swarms from the bee trees and put them in bee gums made from hollow poplar and sweetgum logs.”

David E. Arnal, President
Beaufort-Jasper Beekeepers Association
Hilton Head Island, SC

Support Virginia Honey Bees: Apply for a New Honey Bee License Plate

Pittsylvania County Beekeepers Assoc. is sponsoring a “honey bee” license plate for Virginia drivers. The $10 special interest fee is being proposed to support apiculture in the Dept of Agriculture of VA. 450 prepaid license applications are needed to be considered in the state legislation. The plate design has been approved by DMV and our legislator is ready to present the plate for final approval.

To order plate:
Fill out the License Plate Application
Include $10 (or $20 for personalized plate).
(Make checks to Pittsylvania County Beekeepers Assoc. or PCBA)

Mail money/check with application to:
Russell East
455 E. Store Ln
Chatham, VA 24531

Money will be deposited into a special account as specified by DMV. Applications and money will be turned into the DMV when the total reaches 450 applicants.
For more information contact: Russell East, President PCBA (434) 251-6437 revrusty@gamewood.net

The Honey Wheel

A clarification of the Honey Wheel article in the November ABJ: The video of Amina Harris tasting honey is available free on YouTube.

The wheel, developed at the Mondavi Institute at UC Davis is for sale at: honey.ucdavis.edu/products.

M.E.A. McNeil