Pink Pages

George Imirie was a longtime beekeeper in Maryland. During his 73 years of keeping bees in Maryland and his participation in local (and national) bee husbandry George published significant information. While some of his information is dated, the vast majority of his writing is relevant today. His guidance (through the Pink Pages) has been invaluable to me in my beekeeping. This portion of my web site is an attempt to collect and make available the knowledge that he shared. The information has been collected by Pete Chrisbacher over several years. This is not an attempt to take any credit for the work Pete has done. Rather, it is an effort to provide a backup for the data anticipating the day that Pete loses interest in it.

George’s writing style can seem a bit abusive, but keep in mind that he was writing to educate beekeepers. Read it with your 1960’s hat on.

A better way to access George’s knowledge would be to consolidate and edit his postings organized by month. I will attempt this in another portion of this website for monthly beekeeping information. This should provide a running worklist for anyone attempting to keep bees in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Tons of credit to Pete Chrisbacher,. All of these have been copied from his Pink Pages website. They are posted here just to provide a backup copy for the day that Pete loses interest.


January – Education ????? of BeeKeepers! 
February – It is FEBRUARY and COLD – Are your bees ALIVE? 
March – Seriously, How Much Do You Know About SWARMING?
April – When? How Many? Which Foundation? Size? 


Short Course
January – New Year Resolutions 
February – Are Your Bees Alive? 
March – In Maryland, MARCH is a VERY IMPORTANT Month…
April – Beekeepers’ Duties
May – Swarming disaster
June – Harvesting Honey  
July – Where Is The Honey
September – September Is A Very Important Month!  
October- Will your bees make it into Spring 05?  
November – U.S. Honeybees Need Your Care  


January – Will Your Bees Be Ready For The Spring Nectar Flow?  
February – Feeding Bees: What, When, Why & HOW   
April – Cocked and Ready  
May – The Dos and Don’ts of Harvesting Honey  
June – Care for Honey  
July – Nasty Letter to Montgomery County Members  
September – The Good, the Bad, the Nasty, and ME!  
October – Are Your BEES Ready For WINTER?  
November – TIMING is so Very Important   


January – Starting The Year Right  
February – Major Honey Crop or Dead Bees  
March – A Magic Bullet 
April – Supering, Swarming, and Splitting 
May – Top or Bottom Supering 
June – Do You Requeen?  
July – The Show is Over – What’s Next?  
August – Will your Bees be Alive next Spring?  
September – What About Wax Moths 
October – “Correct” Bees for April-May Nectar Flow  
December – Queens Queens Queens  


January – Special Paper for Tennessee Beekeepers 
January – Start the New Year Right 
February – Spring is Near 
March – How Much Do You Know About Feeding?  
April – Special – Are Chemicals Past History? 
April – Are You Ready For The Nectar Flow?  
May – The GOOD and BAD of Swarms 
June – Proper Time and Techniques of Harvesting Honey 
August – Beekeeper Burnout 
September – ALIVE or DEAD NEXT SPRING?   
October – Terror Time For Bees 
November – Answers to Repeated Questions 
December – What will be Important in 2002?  


Planning for your Vacation 
January – January Projects 
February – New Mite Treatments  
March – Using Powdered Sugar to Detect Varroa Mites  
April – Supering  
May – Nectar Flow Must-Do Items  
May – Source of Information 
June – Harvesting Honey  
July – Managing Your Bees For the Next 9 Months  
July – EAS Master Beekeeper Creator and Founder Dead  
August – What Do You Know About Queens?  
September – Healthy Bees or Sick Bees  
October – Bee Management in October  
November – Hygenic Behavior  
December – History of Honeybees  


Report on 1999 EAS Meeting in Tennessee  
Optimizing Honey Production – ABF Workshop  

January – Are your bees ALIVE?  
February – Getting Ready For Spring  
February – Special Edition – The Small Hive Beetle  
March – How Good Is Your Swarming Knowledge?  
March – Retard Swarming By Making A Split 
April – Supering  
May – Colony Management during May Nectar Flow  
May – Special – Concern About Swarming  
June – Finishing Out Supers 
June – Upgrade from a beeHAVER to a beeKEEPER  (Illinois Beekeeper Presentation)
July – Can You Think Like a Bee?  
July – Varroa Kills in July 
August – Proper Use of the Imirie Shim  
August – Robbing And Being MAD Go Together 
September – Preparations for Winter  
October – My Thoughts about Bee Diseases, Mites, and Pests  
November – Pheromones  
December – More Honey and More Gentle Bees  


Why Mark a Queen? 
January – Having Your Cake and Eating It Too – Think-Learn-Enjoy 
February – Having Your Cake and Eating It Too Part II 
September – How old is your Queen? 




 November – Very Basic Numbers That You Should Thoroughly Understand In Order To Produce An Extra Large Honey Crop From Each Colony!   


Bee Behavior  
Bee Stings 
Feeding Methods and Safeguards 
Foundation Is Not Drawn Comb 
Imirie Requeening Method 
Inspect Your Bees When There Is Snow
Keeping your bees Alive 
Lousy Queens!  
Queen Introduction Problems 
Ready Or Not It’s Swarm Season 
Testing For Varroa Mites
The Best Bee 
Upper Entrances 
Drawing Foundation and Proper Supering 

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