About Wayne’s Bees
Wayne Rich, of Sophia, NC began beekeeping sometime in the 1960’s as a hobby to have honey for his family and pollinate the family farm. He only knew what the older local beekeepers taught him and what he learned from experience. He never medicated a hive in any way. He had the normal die off and the normal swarm catches that were common in those days. By 1987, he had approx. twenty five hives. When the mites showed up he lost all but one hive. That hive survived and begin casting swarms. Some lived, some died. In 2001, Wayne had 5 strong hives. He gave me a swarm from one of them that year. I placed that colony in a yard by itself and began to catch swarms, make splits, use swarm cells to start nucs, and use eggs and larva from that hive to bait trap outs. Of all the colonies I have started from that hive, and it has been many, only one has ever been reported to have died from mites. None, as far as I know, have ever been treated. When I let someone have one, I asked to have them marked and traced, not treated, and report back if any ever died from mites. Only one has ever reported to me that they died from mites.
Wayne passed away Dec. 26th, 2008. Since that time, I have promoted these bees as “Wayne’s bees”!