2 Cs and a Bee
Beekeepers' Association

"Encompassing Blair, Cambria, and Clearfield counties and including beekeepers from around the state and region who share our common goals"
"My son, eat thou honey, because it is good, and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste."
Proverbs 24:13

Our Objectives: The advancement and improvement of the beekeeping industry and the state inspection. The eradication of diseases in all apiaries. The disbursement of knowledge regarding the value of the honeybee as a pollinating agent and the value of the honey as a food.


February 16-17, 2018

Western Pennsylvania Beekeeping Seminar will be held at Gateway High School, 3000 Gateway Campus Blvd., Monroeville, Pa. Note the new location.


Our annual "Introduction to Beekeeping" classes are being planned for Cambria, Clearfield and Blair counties, most likely in February. Further information will be posted here as it becomes available. The next regular meeting of 2Cs and a Bee will be held in March.

Annual Banquet and Election Results

Our speaker was Dr. Margarita M. López-Uribe, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology Pennsylvania State University, who spoke on "Lessons From Feral Honeybees". See information at her website: http://lopezuribelab.com/ and http://lopezuribelab.com/tracking-feral-bee-health/

Amber Lewis (Vice-President), Helen Evans (Secretary-Treasurer), and Kim Ream (Board Member) were all re-elected to another term.

View photos of our banquet on our Photos page.
2 Cs and a Bee President on WTAJ

WTAJ visited Yellow Bear Apiary in Ebensburg to meet Beekeeper Bernard Svidergol.   View Video

PSBA Winter Loss Survey Results

The PSBA Winter Loss Survey has been completed.
View summary of results

"Why did my honey bees die?"

Wondering what happened? Read the article at bee.informed.org

Plants for Honeybees

Northern American nectar sources for honey bees
Bees in the Garden
Bee-friendly plants
A Honey Bee Menu for Pollen and Nectar

Pesticide Research Article: (January 2014)

"Common crop pesticides kill honeybee larvae..." Read the article

Bee Swarms Article

"The Secret Life of Bees":   Article from Smithsonian.com about Thomas Seeley, biologist from Cornell University, and his study of bee swarming.

Honey Sale Laws

Honey Sale And Labeling Act
Guidelines for Honey Processors
Selling Honey in PA

Pesticide List

A list of chemicals with detailed information is available in various formats:
Pesticide List (Spreadsheet Format)
Pesticide List (HTML Format)

Protecting Honey Bees from Chemical Pesticides

If you are a grower, farmer, have honeybees pollinating your crops, or are a beekeeper, here is an article on protecting your bees from chemical pesticides.
It is written by:
Maryann Frazier
Senior Extension Associate
Penn State
Protecting Honey Bees from Chemical Pesticides

Colony Collapse Disorder

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is the name that has been given to the latest, and what seems to be the most serious, die-off of honey bee colonies across the country. It is characterized by, sudden colony death with a lack of adult bees in/in front of the dead-outs. Honey and bee bread are usually present and there is often evidence of recent brood rearing. In some cases, the queen and a small number of survivor bees may be present in the brood nest. It is also characterized by delayed robbing and slower than normal invasion by common pests such as wax moth and small hive beetles. (From the Mid-Atlantic Apiculture site)

Recent Research Article: (January 2012)
"A New Threat to Honey Bees, the Parasitic Phorid Fly..." Read the article

Additional CCD information at Mid-Atlantic Apiculture