Welcome to the Wannabee Hobby Beekeepers site. Our club was organized in 2009 and has grown to over 200 members. The purpose of our club is to create and further develop interest in honey bees and beekeeping in our beautiful Black Hills area as well as elsewhere. Our club provides a forum to share knowledge and mutual interests in beekeeping. Club Guidelines
The Mission of our club is to provide our membership and the general public with information and discussions to promote honey bees and beekeeping in the Black Hills.
Coming Soon !! Beekeeping Classes by Jerry Owens – April 1 and 8.
Informative article about Types of Bees and their Traits
Our monthly meetings begin with a social time starting at 5:30 PM and the meeting begins at 6:00 PM on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the:
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Outdoor Campus West
4130 Adventure Trail
Rapid City SD
(located along Sturgis Road just past the Meadowood Bowling Lanes
Not a member? Join us anyway to see if you would be interested.
Follow the status of honey bees and the bee kill map at the Pollinator Stewardship site.
Welcome our new 2017 WannaBee Club Officers. See the Buzz Us page for more details.
- President – Jerry Owens
- Vice President –Tim Moran
- Secretary –Peggy Langley
- Treasurer – Kia Smith
- Dan Mulally – Program Committee; if you have ideas for club meetings or demonstrations, contact him. See the Buzz Us page for contact information
- Dan Mulally – Librarian
- Michelle Grosek – Facebook
- Linda Anderson – Website
Be sure to register your honey bees with the State of South Dakota. See the SD Department of Agriculture Beekeeping and Apiary Resources site for beekeeping information specific to our area.
Bob Reiners is our SD State Apiarist and he will provide free hive inspections for those of you who have registered your hives with the State AND you have lost your colony for unknown reasons. He will try to help determine what went wrong. His contact information, as well as information for all other states, can be found here — the Apiary Inspectors Of America.
Did you know? North Dakota and South Dakota are the 2 top honey-producing states in the country. In 2012 – ND produced about 34 million pounds of honey while SD produced around 17 million pounds. See March 22, 2013 RC Journal article.
South Dakota designated the Honeybee as the official state insect in 1978. Other states that have designated the honeybee as a state/agricultural insect (or bug) include:
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
The North Dakota state insect is the convergent lady beetle.
Biggest honeybee keeper in South Dakota (and the world!) is Richard Adee of Adee Honey Farms. See more about Adee Bees in this article from the Twin Cities Pioneer press (8/24/2013) and this you tube video.
In 2009, South Dakota had 185 registered beekeepers with 30% being commercial producers and the remaining 70% being hobbyist beekeepers. There were 290,000 colonies registered in the state in 2009. Nationwide, the average annual production per hive was 67 pounds (from 2002 to 2007). In South Dakota it was an estimated 71 pounds per hive in the same time frame. South Dakota ranks between 1st and 5th in the United States in total honey production (in 2009, we were number 2 with 17.8 million pounds of honey produced).
Fun for kids of all ages – ‘Why honey bees are better than politicians‘
Check out our Colony Collapse Disorder page where we try to add current articles/videos related to CCD/Honey Bees each month. Last updated November, 2013