Pennsylvania State
Beekeepers Association

Sterigenics Irradiation

This year's gamma irradiation program is scheduled for the 22nd of March. There has been an 8% increase in charges and an increase in minimum charges by Sterigenics over last season's pricing. To be efficient as a group we will need 10 pallets loads at $248.80 a pallet. Last season we had a total of 12 pallets sterilized at a 16.5kGy dose. For those that want to combine prewrapped equipment on pallets that are in Pa we will have this available at our home yard. Sterigenics does not allow for combining equipment in their carpark as they have done in the past, however we can accommodate equipment as full pallets from surrounding states.

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Any questions, contact Tim Ferris at or or 484-678-8569.

2022 American Honey Queen

Lucy Winn

Lucy Winn, 2020/2021 Pennsylvania Honey Queen, has been chosen as the 2022 American Honey Queen at the American Beekeeping Federation Conference. Congratulations Lucy!

2022 Pennsylvania Honey Queen Brochures

Queen Khristyn Maurer's 2022 Pennsylvania Honey Queen Brochures are now available. A $10 donation for a pack of 100 brochures is requested. You can purchase brochures by contacting the representative in your area listed below or you may print them from this pdf file if you prefer.

2021 Fall Conference Photos

Fall Conference Photos   (Photos by Mark Gingrich)

Beekeeper of the Year for 2020 and 2021 Selected

The 2020 Beekeeper of the Year award was presented to Vince Aloyo and the 2021 Beekeeper of the Year award was presented to Mark Antunes at this year's PSBA fall conference.

American Bee Research Conference

The 2022 (North) American Bee Research Conference (ABRC) will hold this year’s meeting virtually (via Zoom) on January 13th and 14th, 2022. View Details


James "Jim" D. Aucker passed away August 26th. Jim was a PSBA member and a founding member of The Beekeepers of the Susquehanna Valley. Read the obituary.

Summer Meeting/Picnic Survey

We held the 2021 PSBA Summer Meeting and Picnic back in July and had about 60 people participate. The good news is that 60 people attending was an increase from past years. The bad news is that 60 people attending was an increase from past years. In an attempt to better serve our membership, "we" (Ken Hoover did all the real work) have created a survey to try to identify why more people don't attend and what we can change to offer a program that more people would want to attend. Whether you attended or not, please take a few minutes to complete this survey. Finding out people are just not interested in attending is just as valuable as finding out what we can change to make people want to attend.

Take The Survey!

2021 Summer Picnic Photos

Picnic Photos   (Photos by Ken Hoover)
Picnic Photos  (Photos by Mark Gingrich)

PSBA Winter Loss Survey

The survey is now completed; thanks to those who participated. View results

PA State Apiary Inspection

Inspections for the year have ended and are expected to resume in Spring 2022.

Spotted Lanternfly Area Expanded Again

The Spotted Lanternfly quarantine area has once again been expanded. Details at the PDA website.

Further information for beekeepers and residents:

FieldWatch Program

FieldWatch is a free and voluntary online mapping tool that specialty crop growers and beekeepers can use to map the locations of their crops/hives. Pesticide applicators can use this to see the crops and hives near their application sites and plan accordingly. It is being offered in PA as a collaboration between the PA Dept. of Agriculture and Penn State Extension.   Details

Penn State Research Articles

Several new research articles are linked from our Research page, including one that references our annual Winter Loss Survey data.

Tribute for Ruth Keeney

YouTube link for the Ruth Keeney Remembrance

PA State Apiary Inspection - COVID-19 GUIDANCE: Interstate Transportation of Bees

Please read this informational document from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture regarding the Interstate Transportation of Bees, Apiary Registrations and Permits, and inspections.

How to Keep Bees During COVID-19

Article by Robyn Underwood and Margarita López-Uribe, Department of Entomology, Penn State University.

López-Uribe Lab: Beekeeping Resources at Penn State

Spring is approaching. Here are some useful links that may be helpful to beekeepers everywhere. If your a beginner, get started with 'Beekeeping, Where to Begin' ( If you will be installing bee packages this spring, here is a video detailing a step-by-step installation method ( If you have overwintered colonies, enjoy our new video that provides an overview of swarming biology and illustrates a step-by-step method to split a colony ( Here are some handy articles including Varroa Mite Monitoring Tools ( and Oxalic Acid treatments (

   Katy Ciola Evans

Queen Honey Bee Development

"The queen is the most important individual in a colony. She is the only bee capable of producing workers and tens of thousands of workers are required for strong colonies." Read the full article from PennState Extension: An Introduction to Queen Honey Bee Development. A pdf version is also available.

Honeybee Viruses

Penn State Extension has posted an article with information on "Viruses in Honey Bees".

PSBA Helping Honey Bees Brochures

The 2020 Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Helping Honey Bees Brochures are available. A $10 donation/100 is requested (donations would be paid to Treasurer). To purchase brochures contact: Charlie Vorisek. Or you may print them from the pdf file, if you prefer.

2020 Pennsylvania Honey Queen Chosen

Lucy Winn was selected as the 2020 Pennsylvania Honey Queen. Congratulations, Lucy!   

The Pennsylvania Honey Queen Program may be able to provide a speaker for your event. See details and contact information on our Honey Queen page.

Beekeepers in Pittsburgh - AFB Information

Updated 8-29-19
Updated Letter to Beekeepers in Pittsburgh (by Karen Roccasecca)  
Neighborhood map of Pittsburgh

For all beekeepers:
Updated 10-18-19 Parasitic Mite Syndrome
Updated 10-18-19 Preventing the Spread of American Foulbrood
Updated 10-18-19 Differences Between AFB-EFB-PMS
Updated 8-29-19 American Foulbrood Information (by Penn State University)
Updated 7-15-19 American Foulbrood Information
American Foulbrood Information (by Meghan Milbrath)

For the health and safety of all of our honeybees, it is important that your hives be registered. It is also required by state law. Mail-In Registration Form   Online Registration


Beescape provides a tool for beekeepers, gardeners, growers and land managers to assess the quality of their landscapes for supporting managed honey bees and wild bees." (Beescape is a partnership of the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State University, Dickinson College, Purdue University, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, University of Minnesota, and University of California, Davis.)    Visit Beescape.

Managing Varroa Mites

A Varroa Management Decision Tool is available at the Honey Bee Health Coalition website.

Summer Picnic Photos

Picnic Photos   (Photos by Charlie Vorisek)

López-Uribe Lab: Managing Honeybees

Using an evidence-based approach to manage honey bees in light of wild bee declines

Model Beekeeping Ordinance

We now have a PA Model Beekeeping Ordinance available to view/download.

Pollen Foraging Study

A pollen foraging study has been completed in West Virignia through a Northeast SARE farmer grant endeavoring to determine which plants were being foraged through the months of July through October and which plants were contributing the most to the bees' diet. They looked at pollen collected by honey bees in five West Virginia locations, and pollen collected in one of the locations for three consecutive years. Many of the plants common in West Virginia are also common in parts of Pennsylvania. The final report is available on the Northeast SARE website.

Dr. Samuel Ramsey's varroa research

Dr. Samuel Ramsey spoke at our 2018 fall conference. View the video he did on the same subject for the Danish Beekeeper's Association. Dr. Ramsey previously won the international Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition for his thesis 'Varroa destructor: The Curious Case of the Bee Mite's Bite' (Video introduces new ideas on varroa destructor).

Tracking the Health of Feral Bees in PA

"Since 2016 the López-Uribe lab has been leading a citizen science project that aims to map and characterize the health status of feral bees across Pennsylvania." Read their full article.

The Pennsylvania Pollinator Protection Plan

Download video (Right-click and choose 'Save link/target as' if your browser doesn't default to downloading file)
View static version of video as pdf

The Pennsylvania Pollinator Protection Plan (P4) was developed with input from 36 individuals representing 28 state and national organizations and stakeholder groups. It summarizes the current state of pollinators in Pennsylvania, and provides recommendations for best practices and resources to support and expand pollinator populations. There is an opportunity for comments at the end. Comments will be accepted until Dec 15th. The document is fluid and will be reviewed and updated annually. The final chapter will be written based on comments that will help guide how it may be published and implemented.
Details at the Center for Pollinator Research

PSBA Bee Friendly Program

Bee Friendly PA is a new initiative from the Pennsylvania State Beekeeping Association (PSBA) that recognizes bee-friendly communities across the state: those that encourage beekeeping as well provide hospitable habitats and pollinator-friendly pest management practices.

Varroa Videos

The Honeybee Health Coalition has posted a series of videos to help beekeepers combat varroa.

"Why did my honey bees die?"

Wondering what happened? Read the article at

Sentinel Apiary Project

Bee Informed Partnership is looking for beekeeping groups from across the country who manage 8 or more colonies and are interested to participate in their Sentinel Apiary Project. If you chose to participate, your club will receive monthly disease reports of Nosema and Varroa levels as well as colony health monitoring with hive scales. Data collected can be shared among those in your group, as your Sentinel Apiary will represent beekeeping conditions specific to your region. All personal data collected will remain confidential; however hive scale and disease data from Sentinel apiaries will be on a shared, public website. Subsidies available for the cost of hive scales for qualifying groups. Details and application available at

Bee Behavior Expert Studies Honeybee Swarms

Read the Smithsonian article about Thomas Seeley: "The Secret Life of Bees".

Pesticide Information

A list of Pesticide descriptions and information is available on our Current Research page.

Protecting Honey Bees from Chemical Pesticides

Documents and Brochures Available in PDF Format

(see the 'Publication Quick Links' below for even more...)

Interested in joining PSBA?

For a list of membership benefits and a form to join the association, see our Membership page.

Publication Quick Links

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