With the start of the spring semester underway, the Millersville University Entomology Club will share the fruits of their labor that began last semester. The club processed honey from the three hives on campus at the end of the fall semester. The honey will go on sale on Jan. 24 from 12 – 2 p.m. in the Student Memorial Center. The cost will be $5 for an 8-ounce jar and $10 for a 16-ounce jar.
The club harvested honey from roughly 16 frames on Nov 10 and were taught how to process the honey by club advisor Dr. John Wallace. According to club president, Ashlyn Donaldson, anyone can join regardless of major.
“We actually have two executive board members who aren’t biology majors,” says Donaldson.
In addition to collecting honey, the 16-member club also raises the bees and manages the hives. The club also does butterfly rearing, insect collecting, insect collections management and aquatic invertebrate sampling. In the spring of 2019, the club planted a pollinator meadow located on the hillside just north of Roddy Hall. They will add more plants and maintain the meadow to provide host plants for native butterflies and nectar plants.
“The club is looking into making candles out of the wax from the hives. We are also planning on having a plant sale around Valentine’s day,” says Donaldson.
For more information about the Entomology Club, visit Club Information.
If anyone is interested in joining the club, contact Ashlyn Donaldson at email@example.com.