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Beekeeper, Honeybee Aficionado, Doctor Who Lover, Always Experimenting ~ A Biologist, Filmmaker, Writer, Mother of 3

by Anita Deeley at BeverlyBees.com

My name is Anita Deeley. I currently maintain approximately 30 honey bee hives.  Since I started beekeeping I have been stung over 400 times!   I started out as a backyard beekeeper full of enthusiasm and trepidation with only a single hive on my rooftop. My passion and quest for beekeeping knowledge led me on an adventure across America that would change my path forever. You can read about this journey since day one here on my beekeeping blog.

One of My Foundationless Nucs Photo by Eric Roth

Inspecting foundationless frames in a nuc. Photo by Eric Roth

On this website the bees are the stars. Through my beekeeping chronicles, photos and videos, I try to empower and support others in their beekeeping endeavors. I write How-To’s for Beginners and Advanced Beekeepers from Parts of A Bee Hive to How To Autopsy A Dead Bee Colony to How to Make A Candy Board For Winter Feeding and if you don’t want to make a candy board you can purchase one hereI travel to beekeeping conferences and seminars, visiting beekeepers across the country and share this new-found knowledge and beekeeping methods here.  Want to learn about Treatment Free Beekeeping or Top Bar Hives, just click on the menu above.  I love to experiment and try new things and share those ideas with readers. Just wondering what you can do to help save the bees? Try planting some bee friendly flowers for them to forage on, simply read how here.

One of my Foundationless Nucs. Photo br Eric Roth

Inspecting one of my foundationless nucs. Photo by Eric Roth

Every beekeeper has their own way of doing things and every beehive has its own personality.  Many of my hives are on the roof of my house in a suburban neighborhood.  I also have several out yard locations across Essex County, MA.  I use Langstroths and top bars, full size hives and nucs. Most of my bees come from swarms and bee removals, as well as selected mite resistant genetics brought in from other beekeepers’ bees.  

In Massachusetts, I rescue wayward bee swarms and remove unwanted honeybee hives from houses.  Through my Host A Hive program I teach non beekeepers about the importance of bees and just how amazing the honeybee is.  Seasonally, I sell honey from my hives, beeswax candles, lip balms and lotions to local customers and at the Beverly Farmer’s Market.

Comb from a bee removal

Holding comb from a bee removal.

Prior to becoming a beekeeper, I worked in pharmaceuticals and as a research scientist studying cell biology at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA.  I later become a video editor where I edited independent films, commercials and infomercials and traveled to film festivals across the country premiering a short film I directed and edited.  When I’m not spending time with my girls (the bees), I enjoy watching Doctor Who and being a wife to my beekeeping cohort and husband and a mother to 3 little boys (the beekeepers in training).  I have been the Recording Secretary and on the Board of Directors for the Essex County Beekeepers Association and Massachusetts Beekeepers Association, a member of Worcester County Beekeepers, Plymouth County Beekeepers, Eastern Apicultural Society and American Apitherapy Association.

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  1. Hi Anita — You’re website is fantastic! I’m in bee school w/ Brian and he mentioned your site to me. Believe it or not, our kids are classmates at school (my daughter is in ECE-4). I just wanted to say hi and tell you how great your website is; it’s been officially bookmarked! I just ordered my bees on Monday and I’m vey excited to get started! Looking forward to meeting you in the future and good luck with your bees. – Cristina

    • Hi Cristina,
      Thanks! I’m so glad you enjoy the website. I’m sure you will love beekeeping. Be careful – it is very addicting. We are adding at least 3 more hives this year and more if we can find the space. If you need any help, don’t hesitate to ask, since we are right around the corner.

  2. I have suggestions on names for the new hives. In my garden right now the bees are all over the Borage and the Milkweed. Both would be good hive names, don’t you think. I will see you at Mass Bee Field Day!

  3. Hi Anita, great site and info, Thankyou. Question on the candy board, why the outside hole ? Would that induce robbing, and the bees of that hive seem like they eat it thru the hardware mesh. I am new to beekeeping and am interested in trying this out. Thanks again, Ken

    • Welcome Ken! The candy board is only for feeding during the winter time, when robbing is not really a problem. You remove it in the spring, at which time if you need to feed you can then feed syrup. The opening in the front provides the bees with ventilation and another exit. By the end of winter the cluster will probably be using the top entrance to come and go instead of the bottom, so a top entrance here is important. The mesh is actually large enough that the bees can get through it. In the winter they may not be able to break cluster to get to food that is out of reach, and sometimes they starve this way. Since the candy board is on top of the top bars and has openings via the mesh, the bees can get to it without much effort when they need it. I hope that answers your questions and congratulations on your new beekeeping adventure!

  4. Hi Anita,

    What a GREAT website. My neighbor just started her first bee colony and I happened upon your site in my quest for more education and information. Thanks very much for the dedication and effort that has gone into creating such a wealth of information for the “newbee”! Sorry, but i couldn’t resist!
    Wonderful content, informative and very fun and interesting to read.

    Good luck with your hobby and new hives.

    Doug B.
    Eliot, Maine

    • Thanks for your wonderful comment Doug! I am so glad you are enjoying the website. I wish your neighbor good luck with her bees. Are you planning to do get a colony next year too? I hope your neighbor lets you help her with the bees. Working with another beekeeper is the best way to learn.