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"
"My son, eat thou honey, because it is good, and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste."
Proverbs 24:13

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
Obituary

Glenn Crimbring, long-time member of PSBA and husband of Yvonne (long-time PSBA Secretary), passed away Saturday, February 17. Read the full obituary.

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

February 25, 2018

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

March 11th, 2018

March Meeting of 2 Cs and a Bee will be held at the Old Cambria County Extension Building, (Ebensburg, Pa.) at 2:00 p.m. This will be our first regular meeting of the year.
For more information Contact our Secretary or phone (814) 472-7637.   Directions

2017 PSBA Winter Loss Survey Results

View summary of results

"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

Honey Sale And Labeling Act
Guidelines for Honey Processors
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