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.

May 20th, 2018

May Meeting of 2 Cs and a Bee will be held at the Hollidaysburg Public Library Community Room (Hollidaysburg, Pa.) at 2:00 p.m.
For more information Contact our Secretary or phone (814) 472-7637.   Directions

PSBA Winter Loss Survey

Once again we are asking you to complete the PSBA Winter Loss Survey. This survey will be available until at least the beginning of May. Please only fill it out once you can better assess your losses for this past winter. Due to the vast diversity of elevations and climate conditions in Pennsylvania, colonies in some areas are a month or so either ahead or behind. Please only fill this out one time to keep our results relevant.   Thank you.

View last year's results

Bee Informed National Colony Loss Management Survey

Please go to the online survey and complete the survey there. It will close on April 30th. Information about past Winter Loss and National Management Surveys and the annual reports can be found online at beeinformed.org.

Invitation to Support Our Friends in Need

Bill Mondjack is a longtime PSBA member and a great supporter of the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers' Association. Bill was diagnosed with stage 3 pancreatic cancer and will need to make trips to Philadelphia for treatments. Bill can use our support so please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Select this link for additional information if you are able to make a contribution:   Bill's Medical Fund

Kayla Fusselman, our 2017 Pennsylvania Honey Queen and current American Honey Queen, unexpectedly lost her mother Diane on February 10th. Her family is without insurance and can use our support for medical and funeral expenses. Please keep Kayla and her family in your thoughts and prayers.   Kayla's Mother's Medical and Funeral Expenses


Glenn Crimbring, long-time member of PSBA and husband of Yvonne (long-time PSBA Secretary), passed away Saturday, February 17. A memorial service was held February 26th at the East Canton United Methodist Church.   Obituary

"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

HB2565 ACT_106 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)

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

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