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Welcome to the Hunt lab's Bee Hive. We are involved in honey bee research and education.

Queen Rearing Short Course

June 18-20, 2015

This is a course designed for those who want to learn the art of queen rearing using the larval transfer technique (Grafting). The two and 1/2 day course will be at the Purdue Honey Bee Laboratory and will finish on the day of the ISBA-IBA summer meeting.

Those attending the course will get a video (DVD) with their queen rearing manual (Spivak and Reuter) demonstrating the queen rearing techniques. Enrollment is limited to 30 students with their own veil and protective suit, so register early!!! Pre-registration is required.

To register send email to <>. Please do not send money. The $150.00 registration fee will be collected on site.

Prerequisite: At least one year of beekeeping experience.


• Introduction to Queen Rearing Systems
• Biology of Queens
• Equipment Used
• Record Keeping
• Selecting Winter-Hardy Mite-Resistant Bees
• Drone Biology
• Commercial Queen Production
• Preparing Finishing Colony
• Preparing Swarm Box
• Cloak Board System (Tentative)
• Grafting (Hands On)
• Alternative Methods
• Procedure from Egg to Queen
• Queen Mating
• Practicing What You Have Learned
• Marking Queens


Thursday, June 18th - Registration 8 AM; Class, 9 AM; Lecture on queen and drone biology; Discussion. Lunch (provided); Class 1-4 PM Colony manipulations; set-up starter colony and swarm box; set-up cloak board; Adjourn.

Friday, June 19th - 8:30 AM Hive manipulations and practice grafting (in the laboratory); 12:00 Lunch (provided); 1:15 PM Putting grafted cups in finishing colony and swarm box; 4 PM Adjourn

Saturday, June 20th - 9 AM Grafting cells out of swarm box and placing in finishing colony; 10:30 AM Enjoy the ISBA summer meeting after you check your queen cells; Adjourn.


Greg Hunt, Professor, Department of Entomology, Purdue University
Krispn Given, Apiculture Research Technician, Department of Entomology, Purdue University

Study links corn seed treatments to honey bee toxicity

There will be a public forum to discuss the state pollinator protection plan at the Purdue Beck Agricultural Center on March 31 (4540 US 52, West Lafayette). This is your chance to have input on the Indiana Pollinator Protection Plan that is mandated by President Obama (Pre-register here).

Queen Rearing Short Course
June 18-20, 2015

ISBA 2015 Spring Meeting
Saturday, March 21, 2015
The 2015 Spring Conference/School will be held at Ivy Tech in Marion. The facility is Marion Campus at 261 South Commerce Drive, Marion, IN 46953. Mark your calendars - March 21, 2015. Registration and social hour 8:30 AM.
More information:

Indiana 2015 Bee School XIII
Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Indiana Beekeeper's Association (IBA) will hold its Indiana Bee School XIII in Indianapolis, Indiana on Saturday, February 28, 2015. It will be at Decatur Central High School, 5251 Kentucky Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46221, easily accessible from I-465 loop. Folder pickup starts at 7:00 AM.  More information:

Do you have a swarm to pick up? Find a local swarm catcher here: <>.

When bees swarm the queen and most of the hive bees leave after filling up on honey. Bees in a swarm are usually very gentle but leave them alone! With all those bees flying one could get stuck in your hair. The swarm sends out scout bees to find a new cavity to nest in. They usually stay for a few days and then they are off to their new home.

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