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

2Cs and a Bee member, David Pierce, passed away November 18, 2014. The association would like to express our condolences to the family.
Read the full obituary

Upcoming

Our annual "Introduction to Beekeeping" classes are being planned for Cambria, Clearfield and Blair counties, most likely in February. Further information will be posted here as it becomes available. The next regular meeting of 2Cs and a Bee will be held in March.

Presidential Memorandum

Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators
Read the article...

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

Emailed Newsletter for Members

We have the capability to send your newsletter by e-mail, if you would so prefer. If anyone, who is a member in good standing, is interested in receiving it that way, please use this form to let us know.

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