Beekeeper Rock Delliquanti (right) holds the top to a hive as Michelle Winter checks the health of the bees. (Photos by Brooklynn Cooper/Community Impact Newspaper)
Beesmaking a home inHall Park Rock Delliquanti holds his hand out in front of a small, stainless steel canis- ter as gray smoke escapes the top. BY BROOKLYNN COOPER
Frisco tends to have strong hives, so beekeepers often take baby bees from Hall Park to other hives that need a population boost, Winter said. Although Hall Park bees are ahead of the production curve, Alveole bees are Italian bees, which are a friendlier species, Delliquanti said. This means that they are not the best bee if someone wants to produce the most honey, but they are ideal for educat- ing the community. “We would much rather you be able to come here without all the extra equipment [and] without being stressed,” Delliquanti said. “The bees are just flying around and being chill.”
Caring for Frisco takes a different kind of hospital.
Delliquanti, a beekeeper, is testing the temperature of the smoke before he directs it at the hives located at Hall Park in Frisco. Beekeepers have to ensure that the smoke is not too hot. Both Delliquanti and Michelle Winter are beekeepers for Alveole, an urban beekeeping company based in Canada. Alveole tends to more than 3,400 hives in 21 cities across North America and Europe. Delliquanti and Winter manage 24 clients and 40 hives in the North Texas area. In addition to Hall Park, they take care of hives in Plano, Richardson, Dallas and other cities in the metroplex. Hall Park welcomed Alveole in May. Sta at the development were looking for ways to engage the community while beneting the environment, Hall Park’s Director of Park Experience Barbara Milo said. There are two hives at Hall Park, both facing Dallas Parkway. Each hive has its own queen, so Delliquanti calls them “neighbors.” He visits Hall Park every three weeks to check the health of the hives. The routine includes balancing the amount of brood, or baby bees, and resources, or pollen and honey. If there are too many eggs, the frames inside the hive will get too full for the bees’ comfort. If there is too much food, that leaves less space for baby bees, which shrinks the population.
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Beekeepers mark the queen of each hive with a colored dot to identify her. This hive’s queen has a white dot on her back.
Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Hospital Frisco. © 2022
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