Beginner Beekeeping Workshop Series–MSU Extension Service

This fall, the Monroe County Extension Service will be hosting a series of three free workshops, offered to local beginning beekeepers. Weekday classes begin at 6:30 p.m. and preregistration is mandatory.  Click on links below for more information:

Beekeeping Series_flyer 2015

Beekeeping letter_Beginner Series wksp_Monroe2015

New Varroa Management Guide Released

We just received our copy of a Varroa mite management guide that was produced by the Honey Bee Health Coalition™ (HBHC).  This is an extensive and excellent tool written primarily by Dr. Dewey Caron, and it that provides more details than in the one we had produced last year.  In particular, they provide more extensive information on each of the chemical treatments available for Varroa control.  I highly recommend that beekeepers use both guides when thinking about controlling this key parasite.  We have provided downloadable PDF files of the HBHC guide and our IPM guide under our Resources heading.

Beekeepers Should Move their Colonies away from Sorghum and Milo

SorghumFieldA new and devastating pest of sorghum and milo requires extensive spraying of insecticides for control.  The Yellow Sugar Cane Aphid was discovered on these crops in Mississippi last year.  The aphid has shifted from sugar cane onto the new and vulnerable plant hosts (sorghum and milo).  This pest can reach incredibly high populations in these fields in very short periods of time.  The result is severe economic harm to the grower.  As a consequence, many of these farmers are applying foliar insecticides 1-2 times per week.  If you have bees near these fields, they are under much greater risk of exposure than in years past because of this greatly increase rate of insecticide application.  I highly recommend that you move your bees away from these crops, or you find a way of protecting them from the potential of insecticide drift.  The risk is much greater than in previous years near these fields of sorghum and milo.


Bee Workshop Updates!

For those of you who have been inquiring about upcoming honey bee workshops–we have added two more to the calendar that you should check out! On September 19, MSU Extension Service will be hosting a half-day queen rearing workshop on MSU campus that is free to the public.  This workshop is first-come, first-serve, with a maximum of 40 participants, so call in and reserve a spot!

Then, on September 26, there will be an all-day beekeeping workshop held at the USDA Horticulture Lab in Poplarville, MS which will highlight disease and pest management as well as honey bee research projects at the USDA facility.  Go to the Events page and click on the link to view the program flyer for this workshop. There is a registration fee for this one, so be sure to pre-register for a price break! Maximum of 60 participants.

(See our Events Calendar for more information)

A *MUST SEE* Video Clip for Bee Enthusiasts

Haven’t you wondered what the process of honey bee development looks like in continuous sequence?  Of course you have.  Even those of us with pretty good eyes can only witness only 8 or 9 days of the development period; most of the miraculous stuff occurs after the cell is capped. If you haven’t already witnessed this brief but beautifully filmed segment of a honey bee’s life, brought to us by photographer Anand Varma, follow the link below and BEE AMAZED!!

60 seconds of honey bee development




Splits and Swarms Workshop This Weekend

If you haven’t already signed up for this Saturday’s workshop on making splits and managing swarms, we have 6 spots left!! Visit our Events page for contact information. This is a FREE EDUCATIONAL EVENT, so please don’t pass up the opportunity to learn from expert beekeeper and head of MSU’s honey bee research program, Dr. Jeff Harris. Bring your bee working gear (if you have it).  Lunch will be on your own.

In Search of a New Apiary Location

Starkville area landowners… we need your help!

We are having to relocate approximately 25 of our research colonies and we are needing a suitable space to put them within 15 miles of Starkville.  We manage our colonies frequently during the warm months, so a location that is readily accessible is preferred. Also, because these bees are being used for research purposes, we must keep them in a location that is protected from pesticide spraying .

If anyone can help us out, please contact me at (662) 325-2975, comment on this post, or email me at:



Catch A Ride to Ontario–EAS 2015

Ed Holcombe is putting together a bus trip to make traveling to Ontario for the Eastern Apicultural Society conference more economical and a lot more fun! Contact Ed to arrange pick-up locations and for more information about the itenerary. Click on the flyer below for a full size, printable version.

EAS 2015 Flyer

Attention All Swarm Collectors!

I need to create a list of Mississippi beekeepers available to collect swarms.  If you would like to be added to the list, please email me your name and contact information, and other relevant information such as the distance you are willing to travel, whether you will do cutouts, cost of service (if any), etc.  I will be posting the list on the blog and updating it periodically. Please send this information to:

Thank you!



Sign Up for Group Tours!

Did you know the MSU Entomology Department offers group tours of our insect operations for schools or other interested parties at no cost?  Simply fill out the form (see “Resources”), indicating the attractions you are interested in learning about, as well as the date and time you would like to come, and email the completed form to Lois Connington:

We are adding to our honey bee exhibit, pollinator gardens and live insect museum every year as the public interest grows. We also have an extensive native and exotic pinned insect collection and a learning lab where you can examine insects under a microscope. Take advantage of this free opportunity to explore the world of insects!