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This handy guide--recently revised and updated--identifies and describes treatments for most of the problems commonly encountered by honey beekeepers. Featuring more than 100 full-color photographs, it includes sections on varroa and tracheal mites, hive beetles, bee lice, bears, and skunks, as well as diseases such as American and European foulbrood, nosema, and Colony Collapse Disorder. Spiral bound and printed on durable 4-by-8 stock, this reference will prove indispensable in the field.

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The key to protecting honey bee colonies from harmful diseases, parasites, and other pests is the ability to identify problems early. This 10-panel brochure is a quick reference to common honey bee maladies, including varroa mite, tracheal mite, bee louse, skunks, bears, foulbrood, nosema, and more. The publication also includes references for more information.

Honey bees can be managed to produce large quantities of honey, beeswax, pollen, royal jelly, and propolis (a sticky resin collected from buds and used as a glue in the hive), they are even more valued for the major role they play in pollination, especially of our agricultural crops.

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Beekeeping can be a fascinating hobby, a profitable sideline, or a full-time occupation. This publication is all about beekeeping and is designed to help hobbyists become successful beekeepers focusing on honey bee biology, how to get started, and how to manage bee colonies for fun and profit. Sections include information on the colony and its organization, beekeeping equipment, how to start with bees, colony management, how to manage maladies, honey production and processing, pollination, and handling beeswax and pollen trapping, as well as a glossary and an appendix.

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Bees and other pollinators are in trouble. This one-page piece gives gardeners tips on making their yards safe homes for pollinators.

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Bees and other pollinators are in trouble. This two-page piece gives gardeners tips on making their yards safe homes for pollinators.

Wild bees like this bumble bee are essential to Pennsylvania agriculture.

Wild bees, which include native and naturalized bees, pollinate a variety of crops. In areas of Pennsylvania, wild bees already provide the majority of pollination for some summer vegetable crops. Conserving wild bee populations is essential for sustaining agricultural production in Pennsylvania. This flyer and fold-out poster provides ways to conserve wild bee populations.