Bee Research Lab - bee analysis Samuel K. Abban
Samuel. K. Abban, Biological Science Tech.
10300 Baltimore Avenue
BRL, Bldg. 306, BARC-E
Beltsville, MD 20705
Phone: 301-504-8821
webpage: Bee Research Laboratory : USDA ARS 

The Bee Research Lab conducts research to improve the health of honey bee colonies and help the beekeeping industry maintain an adequate healthy supply of bees for the pollination of crops.

State Apiary Inspector:
Keith Tignor
Apiary Inspector, Northern Region
VA Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Phone: 804-786-3515



Betterbee (NY)

Mann Lake (800) 880-7694

Dadant  (217) 847-3324

Kelley Beekeeping (800) 233-2899  

Virginia Beekeeping Supply (540) 905-5563

Eversweet Apiaries  (304) 876-3832

Fillmore Container     (866) FILL-JAR   



A Beginner's Guide to Walk-Away Splits 
Are you splitting your colonies for the first time?   Check out our beginner's tutorial on walk-away splits! 

Biology and Treatment Methods Against Wax Moth - Katharina Davitt 

Hive Inspection: Learn How to Perform a Spring Hive Inspection 

Swarm Techniques & Tips  

3 Summer Colony Management Strategies  



Common Topics of Interest - BONS FAVORITES!
 Articles and videos helpful to your beekeeping experience!

Varroa Management Decision Tool 
Welcome to the Honey Bee Health Coalition’s Varroa Management Tool: Helping beekeepers make informed varroa management and treatment decisions. This tool will walk you through the decisions you need to make to determine how best to manage varroa mites in your hives. 



Virginia State Beekeeping Association
Established in 1918 by proactive beekeepers who understood the significant contribution honey bees provided to Virginia agriculture. Now, 92 years later, the VSBA membership is still striving to educate and promote sustainable beekeeping in Virginia. 

Beekeeping Laws in Virginia 
Virginia utilizes a bee law which implements apiary inspections. Their apiary inspection program regulates the sale of bees and used bee equipment. All honey bees on combs, hives and equipment with combs must be accompanied by a certificate of health issued by the Office of Plant Industry Services prior to being sold in Virginia. They do this to reduce the spread of disease. 

Beehive Distribution Program 
The Virginia General Assembly created the Beehive Grant Fund (Fund) for the purpose of promoting the stablishment of new beehives in the Commonwealth.
Link to report
Link to Virginia State Documentation

Pollinator Protection Plan 
As the state’s lead agency for pesticide regulation, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), in cooperation with agency stakeholders, developed Virginia’s Voluntary Plan to Mitigate the Risk of Pesticides to Managed Pollinators (also known as the Pollinator Protection Plan). The development of Virginia’s Voluntary Plan to Mitigate the Risk of Pesticides to Managed Pollinators (Plan) is part of a national effort by state and federal agencies to help reverse pollinator losses and restore pollinator populations.

Beekeeping Glossary 

Build 5 Frame Medium Nuc Box Plans   
Makes 6 Boxes from One Sheet of ½” plywood. 

 Building Frames and Supers 

Gardening for Bees 
Want to save the bees? This task is far more complicated than you might guess 

Bee Pollinator Gardener:
The Bee Smart Pollinator Gardener is a comprehensive guide (available on both Android and iOS) to selecting plants for pollinators specific to your zipcode.

Gardening for Bees: 
Want to save the bees?
This task is far more complicated than you might guess (click here)

United States Department of Agriculture 
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCSA)

Insects and Pollinators
How Farmers Can Help Pollinators
How Gardners Can Help Pollinators
Conservation Work for Honey Bees

The Arrival of the "Murder Hornet" 

FAQs - Bee Inquisitiive! 

The American Apitherapy Society Inc.

National Honey Bee Awareness Day

Russian Honeybee Breeders Association

State and Local Beekeeping Organizations

Project Apis m. – Established by beekeepers & orchardists to fund honey bee research 

Buzz About Bees website

Colony Collapse Disorder

Beekeeper Apps: 
Best Beekeeper Apps You Need to Try! 
The idea of using apps to collect and track all of what’s going on in your apiary is exciting and also extremely handy. Taking photos, setting reminders and sharing bee data opens up a new world of possibilities. (click here)

Beecheck Map - Link
BeeCheck is a voluntary communication tool that enables beekeepers and pesticide applicators to work together to protect apiaries through use of the BeeCheck mapping program. It is not a substitute for any state regulatory requirements.Click the icon to sign up and register your hives. 
For more resources and information, please visit FieldWatch, Inc.


Beekeepers - if you have suggestions for improvements or resources that you find invaluable please send an email to Doug Koch with the tile and link.
Thank you