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
June 15th, 2019

June Meeting of 2 Cs and a Bee will be held at Yellow Bear Apiary (Ebensburg, Pa.) beginning at 11 am. Queen Field Day - note the start time and that this is a Saturday.

There will be a presentation on the PA Queen Improvement Program and a demonstration of making a queenless nuc from a strong hive and inserting a virgin queen. An instrumental insemination unit will be set up, along with a camera on the microscope. There will be a laptop hooked up for visual viewing while inseminating virgin queens.

The price will be $10.00 for each virgin queen with a limit of 2; additional virgin queens may be available depending on availability. The virgin queens will be either Purdue Mite Bitters or Mite Maulers.

For more information Contact our Secretary or phone (814) 472-7637.   Directions

Pennsylvania State Beekeepers' Association (PSBA) Winter Loss Survey

Thanks to those who participated in the survey. Preliminary results are now available.

Beescape Website

"Beescape provides a tool for beekeepers, gardeners, growers and land managers to assess the quality of their landscapes for supporting managed honey bees and wild bees." (Beescape is a partnership of the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State University, Dickinson College, Purdue University, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, University of Minnesota, and University of California, Davis.)    Visit Beescape.

Voluntary 'Best Management Practices' Document Updated

Best Management Practices

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. The project's outreach is complete, and the final report is available on the Northeast SARE website.

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).

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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