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"

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.

Announcements
February 10, 2019

2 Cs and a Bee Beekeeping Association presents its annual Cambria County Introduction to Beekeeping Class at 2 p.m. in Ebensburg, Pa

This free class will be aimed at the total novice. Thinking about starting to keep honeybees? If you are interested in becoming a beekeeper, we will try to show you the basics and give you the information you need to decide.

Preregistration is required. Details

Upcoming

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.

Pollen Foraging Study

A pollen foraging study has just been completed in West Virginia through a Northeast SARE farmer grant endeavoring to determine which plants were being foraged through the months of July through October and which plants were contributing the most to the bees' diet. They looked at pollen collected by honey bees in five West Virginia locations, and pollen collected in one of the locations for three consecutive years. Many of the plants common in West Virginia are also common in parts of Pennsylvania. Most recent version of report    Within the next month, as soon as the project's outreach is complete, the final report will also be available on the Northeast SARE website.

February 15 & 16, 2019 (Friday Night and Saturday)

Western PA Beekeeping Seminar will be held at Gateway High School, 3000 Gateway Campus Blvd., Monroeville, Pa. Speakers will include Randy Oliver and Grant Gillard. Details   Registration

Dr. Samuel Ramsey's varroa research

Dr. Samuel Ramsey spoke at the PSBA 2018 fall conference. View the video he did on the same subject for the Danish Beekeeper's Association. Dr. Ramsey previously won the international Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition for his thesis 'Varroa destructor: The Curious Case of the Bee Mite's Bite' (Video introduces new ideas on varroa destructor).

Kelley Beekeeping Bought out by Mann Lake Ltd.

Read the article.

From the Fairs & Farm Shows


Sharon has fun at the Williamsburg Farm Show.


Thanks to Gina Tusing for the improvements to the display at Cambria's Fair.


Closeup


Closeup of Background (painted by Gina Tusing)

Larger versions of above photos available in our photo gallery.

Spotted Lanternfly Watch

Spotted Lanternfly (an invasive leafhopper) are not yet known to be in our local area, but be on the lookout for them, as they may be in the future.

"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

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 the Sanitary Operation of Honey Extracting Facilities 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)

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

Additional CCD information at Mid-Atlantic Apiculture


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