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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Ongoing Events

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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

In the course, you will learn about:
• 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
 
Agenda:
Thursday
8:00 a.m. – Registration
9:00 a.m. – Class: Lecture on queen and drone biology, Discussion.
Lunch (provided)
1:00 p.m. – Class: Colony manipulations, set up starter colony and swarm box. Set up cloak board.
4:00 p.m.- Adjourn
 
Friday
8:30 a.m. – Hive manipulations and practice grafting (In the laboratory)
12:00 p.m. – Lunch (provided)
1:15 p.m. – Putting grafted cups in finishing colony and swarm box
4:00 p.m. – Adjourn
 
Saturday
9:00 a.m. – Grafting Cells out of Swarm Box and Placing in Finishing Colony
10:30 a.m. – Enjoy the ISBA summer meeting after you check your queen cells
4:00 p.m. – Adjourn
 
Prerequisite:
At least one year of beekeeping experience
 
Instructors:
Krispn Given, Apiculture Specialist, Department of Entomology, Purdue University
Brock Harpur, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, Purdue University 

INSTRUMENTAL INSEMINATION and the Architecture of a Successful Breeding Program in the 21st Century – Annually in August

If you’ve signed up for our 2019 course on August 22-23, we’ll be emailing details shortly. If you have question, please contact us.

 

Sponsored by the Indiana Queen Breeders Association (IQBA) https://www.iqbaindiana.com

The class is designed for beekeepers and researchers who want to create and maintain a successful honey bee breeding program. Students will begin with a presentation on honey bee mating biology and on the latest methods for rearing queens and drones. Students will then get detailed instruction and hands on practice with semen collection and insemination of queens with unmated queens and drones supplied to them. Students will be able to take their successfully inseminated queens home. Cost of the two-day interactive course is $825. We keep our class sizes small so we can focus on each students’ needs individually so please contact us early.

The two-day course is held at the Purdue Honey Bee Field Laboratory. It is principally taught by Krispn Given, who has extensive beekeeping experience including running and maintaining the honey bee breeding program at Purdue University. He has 15 years of experience researching honey bees. He was instrumental in developing the Mite biter bee in collaboration with Dr. Greg Hunt.

Instructors:
Krispn Given, Apiculture Specialist, Department of Entomology, Purdue University
Brock Harpur, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, Purdue University 
 
Assistance from:
Matt Evans and Ethan Mitchell, Master beekeepers
 
Prerequisites:
Successful queen rearing skills are a prerequisite.
Your own insemination equipment is strongly encouraged.
 
Please contact us to register.