Swarm of Honey Bees

Next TBBA Meeting

Thursday June 13, 2024, 7 p.m.

Hillsborough County Extension Office

5339 County Rd 579, Seffner, FL 33584

Honey with Wooden Dipper

About Us

Our meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month with a work day in the bee ​yard the following Saturday. For location and directions, check back monthly, the locations ​can change.


The Tampa Bay Beekeepers Association (TBBA) exists to promote responsible beekeeping. ​One of our aims is to encourage new people into this fascinating craft and to assist you by:

  • Providing contact with experienced beekeepers who can help you start
  • Running introductory courses
  • Supporting and mentoring to help you through your first year
  • Advising on the purchase of equipment
  • Providing a local association as a focal point for members


Membership is $20.- per household, for a calendar year.

membership forms will be at the meetings.


The Board of Directors meets quarterly. For dates, please contact an officer.

Bees in the Beehive

Meeting Information

Our regular bee meetings will be on the Second Thursday ​of every month at the Hillsborough County Extension ​Office: 5339 County Rd 579, Seffner, FL, 33584 The ​meeting starts at 7 PM followed at 7:30 by a potluck ​dinner and special speakers at 8:00 PM. We close off the ​night with business meeting and raffle.


Apiary Field Day:

Our Apiary field days are on most Saturday’s following ​our meeting, the location, day, and time can change due ​to weather or situations. It is announced at the ​meetings. Often meet at 9:30 a.m. go through the bees ​and have a lunch paid for by the association.

Events

2024 TBBA

Honey Bee Seminar

Saturday June 22, 2024

from 8 AM - 3 PM

at Hillsborough County Fairgrounds

215 Sydney Washer Rd, Dover, FL 33527

Learn from local Beekeepers and ​Industry Professionals as you rotate ​through stations. You will enjoy ​presentations that provide ​information and practical know how ​for beginners.

Click here to purchase discounted ​tickets!

Bee Farmer Cleaning Honeycomb

Bee Removals

The TBBA does not perform bee removals but you if there is a ​swarm or a colony of honey bees, that is a nuisance, you can reach ​out to the listed people below for your area.

Removals take time, equipment and experience, most removals are not free.

Bee Farmer Cleaning Honeycomb


Brandon, Plant City, & Riverview

Robert Jones - (813)-424-9252


Lutz, Wesley Chapel, & Land O’ Lakes

Bert Blackburn - (813)-758-7822 (text first!)


South Tampa & McDill AFB

Kyle Foster - (813)-503-9654



Seminole Heights

Angela Rodriguez Diaz - (787)-717-7689


Polk County

Steve Bouchard (Steve’s Bees) - Specializing in high swarms - (863)-602-0646

Jonathan Beale (Miss Beehavin’ Bee Company) - (863)-336-1127

Carlin Doyen - (863)-289-3985

Please contact a beekeeper listed above for price quotes and availability. If safely possible take some photos ​of the bees and where they are at exactly, to help the beekeepers.

This information is provided for reference purposes only, you are responsible to check the license and ​insurance of the subcontractor you hire to work on your property.

No endorsement or recommendation by the TBBA is implied.

Or check with the Florida Department of Agriculture page for additional listings: https://www.fdacs.gov/Consumer-​Resources/Consumer-Rights-and-Responsibilities/Pest-Control/Honey-Bee-Removal-or-Eradication-in-Florida

Resources & Classes

Lined Contemporary Utilitarian Non-Profit Open Book

TBBA Library

Booklist

Bee Holding a Pencil

Info For NewBees

Save the Bees Plate

voucher information

Honey Jar Illustration

FL Department of Ag

beekeeper registration

Jamie & Amy UF-Belab

2 Bees in a Podcast

TBBA HONEYBEE SEMINAR

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Pre-registration Adult $35.- (plus fees)

Youth $15.- (plus fees)

After June 20th $5.- extra per ticket.

Click here to purchase your tickets!

Bee Yard Information

Most Saturday’s, following our meetings, we meet at a bee yard with the associations hives.

We meet at 9:30 a.m. learn from us in the bee yard then join us for lunch paid for by the ​association. You will learn how to enter the hives, what is happening in the colonies, and ​depending on the season different maintenance and procedures we do to keep the colonies ​healthy, make increases and harvest honey.

YOU MUST sign a waiver, wear long pants, long sleeves and closed toe shoes.

This is a family-friendly event and kids (6 and older) are welcome. All children must be ​accompanied by a parent or guardian.

On a typical day at the bee yard, members learn from experienced club members ​how to open, inspect and manage hives at the clubs apiary.

During a routine inspection you will be shown how to identify workers, drone, ​queen, larva, and eggs within the brood box.

Yellow and Black Bee on Yellow Flower

Contact Us


President: Bert Blackburn

BertBiv@aol.com

Vice President:

Treasurer: Rein Verbeek

PRNL2000@aol.com

Organic Handdrawn Thin Line
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Organic Handdrawn Thin Line
Macro Photography of a Bee

Club Member ​Spotlight

(Coming Soon)