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Local honey bee nucs, queens and beekeeping courses.

Washington Heights Neighborhood
Milwaukee, WI

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Lloyd Street Bees:
The Full Story

Hi, I'm Trevor.

Hi, I'm Trevor.

Grandpa Curt

Grandpa Curt

Grandpa Curt Workin

Grandpa Curt Workin

Trevor and Grandpa Lee

Trevor and Grandpa Lee

I am Trevor! Researcher / lab manager of the Cook Honey Bee Lab at Marquette University. I like cats and dinosaurs. When I was a kid I wanted to be an archeologist, but ended up a beekeeper. Things could be worse.

My current operation includes hives spread across five apiaries in southeastern Wisconsin. The focus of my business is nucleus colony production and queen rearing. The thrust of my operation is helping educate and provide sustainable beekeeping for Wisconsin.

My goal of elevating the quality of the queens produced in Wisconsin revolves around the import of instrumentally inseminated queens and crossbreeding them with my local stock. 


In 2018, I partnered with other queen breeders to form the first statewide queen breeder’s association: 

Wisconsin Honey Bee Breeders Association.

This group continues to provide a platform for Wisconsin queen producers to exchange genetics for little or no cost and improve our stock collaboratively. I also spend my time as a senior researcher at Marquette University in our new honey bee lab. I guess I couldn't get enough of the bees in my life already...


There are very few local providers of queens and nucleus colonies which places a strain on the producers we have in Wisconsin. To help facilitate independence and sustainability within the Wisconsin beekeeping community, I have lectured at various bee clubs in Wisconsin to promote expanding bee yards via local stock and reducing winter loses. I have also partnered with the UW Extension to help foster small scale queen breeding. I spent much of 2018 touring southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois to work with and mentor small scale beekeepers. By identifying the knowledge gaps and the shortfall of online and other resources available to the beekeepers in these clubs, I am able to improve the overwintering success and therefore the sustainability of this community.

A mouthful, eh?

 

Queens

Snag a Queen before they're gone.

2022 Queens + Prices

In 2021 we decided to only sell mated queens that have been mated on a 21+ day schedule and to sell mated queens only upon advanced request.....

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2022 Breeder Queens + Prices

Starting in 2022, we will be offering a limited release of....

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Do You Need a Mated Queen?

The only time you need a mated queen is when you are...

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What Makes our Queens Unique?

A good queen is the backbone of any apiary. So what makes a good queen?

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Nucs

Local nucs are important. Here's why....

 

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2022 Classes

Spring Management: Splits & Swarms // $150

May 21, 2022

Grafting // $150

June 11, 2022

Overwintering // $150

Aug 6, 2022 + Nov 12, 2022

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The Hive Mind

Beekeeping is hard work. Here's some articles to help.