Queen Rearing

Who is heading up your colonies and why does it matter?

Consider the source of queens in your colonies.  The genetic traits of the queen can influence the strength and survivability of your colony. Check out this short video on our “Sister” SARE project- http://www.nesare.org/Dig-Deeper/Pictures-Stories-and-Video/Video-vault/Winter-hardy-bees More of our SARE work and other similar studies can be found here: http://pwrbeekeepers.com/education/sare/

A Queen is Born & Sources for Queen Bees

Amazing video of a bee queen birth, bee sex, drone congregation areas, mating, flights, marking, caging and more.  You may never question the price of a queen bee again after you witness the many steps and challenges along the way,  Some days it seems like a miracle that she returns to the same colony at […]

PWRBA Queen Rearing Group receives USDA Crop Specialty Grant Award

The PWRBA Queen Rearing Group is thrilled to be listed among these winners and equally thrilled that two other beekeeping related projects were funded. STATE ANNOUNCES NEARLY $500,000 IN SPECIALTY CROP GRANTS FOR VIRGINIA by Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 9:47am October 4, 2012 *Contact: Elaine J. […]

BANV Queen Survival Survey Results

YOu can see a pdf here:  BANV 2011 Queen-Colony Survival BANV Queen Survival Survey Results Here are the results of the BANV survey to assess Queen survival from different source (3 years, weighted average) – thanks to Jim Haskell. 1.  Locally produced nucs with resistant queens (LNQr) 87% 2.  Locally produced resistant queens (LQr) 70% 3.  Bee raised queens […]