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

April 27th, 2014

April Meeting of 2 Cs and a Bee will be held at the Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church (Woodland, Pa.) beginning at 2 pm. Directions

For more information contact our Secretary: by email or at (814) 472-7637.

April 9th, 2014

"Spring Honey Bee Assessment and Care" PA-WAgN workshop presented by Maryann Frazier, Senior Research Associate at Penn State. 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Wiley Apiary on the Penn State Campus. Learn "...how to assess the post-winter health of hives, prep hives for a new season, feed bees until the pollen is plentiful and install nukes or packages of bees." Participants will open and "read" hives and assess feeding needs, queen health and size of hives to insure strong hives for the coming season. Maryann will also discuss recent research focusing on monitoring and managing mites in the hive. She will discuss whether nukes or packages work best and where to order these as well as new queens.
Further information and registration

Pesticide Research Article: (January 2014)

"Common crop pesticides kill honeybee larvae..." Read the article

Somerset County Fair Photos

Photos from the 2013 Somerset County Fair are now posted in our Photo Album.

PA State Apiary Inspection Program

The State Apiary Inspections have ended for the year. Inspections are expected to resume in the Spring of 2014.

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