Bee Informed Partnership

Using beekeepers' real world experience to solve beekeepers' real world problems
  1. National Colony Loss and Management Survey Preview
    It’s that time of the year again.  Flowers are coming into bloom and our bees are beginning to get a bit of cabin fever as they start to venture for new forage.  As April approaches and Spring gets its start the 2014 – 2015 National Colony Loss and National Management Survey will be ready to...
  2. The Colony Loss Map is Up and Running
    The marriage between data collection and GIS just got a little sweeter for the bees and their keepers around the country. Years of Winter Loss data are now accessible through a masterfully created, interactive web map. It has been a long time coming. We are so excited to continue to provide beekeepers with the information they need...
  3. Know your honey bee colonies: non-destructive testing for varroa mites
    Varroa mites (Varroa destructor) were accidentally introduced into the U.S. in 1987 and rapidly became a destructive pest of honeybees. Not only do varroa mites suck the blood (haemolymph) of the bees, they transmit disease through this feeding and generally weaken colonies (Rosenkranz et al. 2010).  Low infestations of varroa mites left without mitigation can...
  4. BIP HiveCheck Results for Feb 23rd – March 9th
    Looking ahead to another season it’s always interesting to start polling where beekeepers are sourcing their colonies. Our WordCloud for the week starts to give us a hint…there’s a lot of locally raised nuc and queen producers building followings in their communities! With packages hovering around $200 this year in some places it makes a...
  5. Oxalic Acid registered by EPA for use against Varroa mite on Honey bees
    The varroa mite (Varroa destructor) has caused widespread devastation to honey bees through vampire-like feeding on larval and adult bees which decreases normal adult honey bee size, shortens their lifespan and can transfer viruses between bee hosts. (Rosenkrantz et al. 2010).                       Oxalic acid (CAS...