Welcome to the Hive
Welcome to the Bee Hive, highlighting the Harpur lab’s extension efforts. We work to make beekeeping more data-driven.
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We offer two annual short courses and several extension presentations on beekeeping, bee breeding, and native bee biology and identification. Our short courses occur at Purdue University. Our extension programs can be held anywhere, so please contact us for more information.
Queen Rearing Short Course – Annually in June
This course is designed for those who want to learn the art of queen rearing using the larval transfer technique (grafting). The two-and-a-half day course is held at the Purdue Honey Bee Field Laboratory. It ends on the first day of The Beekeepers of Indiana Summer Field Day at the same site.
Those attending the course will get a video and queen rearing manual demonstrating queen rearing techniques. Enrollment is limited to 30 people. Please bring your own veils and protective suits
To register for our annual course please contact us
• 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
9:00 a.m. – Class: Lecture on queen and drone biology, Discussion.
1:00 p.m. – Class: Colony manipulations, set up starter colony and swarm box. Set up cloak board.
4:00 p.m.- Adjourn
12:00 p.m. – Lunch (provided)
1:15 p.m. – Putting grafted cups in finishing colony and swarm box
4:00 p.m. – Adjourn
10:30 a.m. – Enjoy the ISBA summer meeting after you check your queen cells
4:00 p.m. – Adjourn
Brock Harpur, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, Purdue University