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Honey Bees (Apiculture)

Beekeeping can be a fascinating hobby, a profitable sideline, or a full-time occupation.

You may want to keep bees for the delicious fresh honey they produce, for the benefits of their valuable services as pollinators, or perhaps simply for the enjoyment of learning more about one of nature’s most interesting insects.

PDF fact sheets are a free download from MAAREC. General information about bees, beekeeping, and africanized bees is provided.

PDF fact sheets are a free download from MAAREC. A hard-copy version of Beekeeping for Beginners is available in by contacting the Department of Entomology.

PDF fact sheets are a free download from MAAREC. Once you have an established bee colony, there are seasonal activities necessary to keep the hive healthy, as well as situations you need to be ready to address if they occur.

PDF fact sheets are a free download from MAAREC. Important pests and diseases of honey bees are discussed, including tracheal mite, varroa mite, wax moth, hive beetle, and bears.