UNL bee lab students in protective gear working in the field with bee hives
  • Hive health inspections: They are one hour for $50 and include recommendations based on the pest & pathogen diagnostic and a varroa test, we will also answer any follow-up questions. More information is pinned on our facebook wall. Just send us a message, email or call to schedule. (Bumble Bee removals are $100/hr)

  • APHIS (Animal/Plant Health Inspection Service) program for the USDA: If you have 10 or more hives in one location, you can qualify for a free honey bee health inspection through the APHIS USDA program. This feeds into the nationwide surveys on honey bee health and colony losses and provides you with feedback on the health of your apiary (https://bip2.beeinformed.org/reports/state_reports/state_report/?year=2016&state=NE ). Send us a message, email or call to get on our list.

  • Education- Extension & Outreach Programs: We provide a variety of education events on bees, pollinators, & conservation biology for any audience, from Pre-K to professional seminar presentations. We can provide a live observation honey bee hive, presentations from native landscapes to pollinators, educational interactive activities, life cycles, and so much more. Please fill out our Survey to schedule and match our materials with your goals: https://goo.gl/forms/mEQ6cECQLnwdxypA2

If you are interested in an observation beehive being at your event click HERE

  • Research: As a University lab, we provide credible information, sources and are striving to find solutions! Currently, our undergraduate, Masters, & Ph.D. students are studying subjects ranging from sustainable landscapes to reduct pest exposure, viral transmission amongst bees, pollinators along the Prairie Corridor, enhancing roadside ecosystems for pollinators, landowner self-efficacy, human dimensions focus on women in beekeeping, effects of pesticide exposure on hives and varroa mite fecundity, wild bee surveys, creation of the Nebraska Pollinator Habitat Certification Program, identifying ornamental plants that wild bees use in urban landscapes, identifying gardening practices that affect pollen and nectar rewards for wild bees, and SO much more.View our website for the people in the lab and their respective projects: https://entomology.unl.edu/bee-lab

  • Mentorship: We take passionate undergrads under our wing for part-time work, UCARE (Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience) projects they have proposed, or if they are interested in job shadowing within the field of Entomology. More information on UCARE can be found here: https://ucare.unl.edu/. Email or call for more information.

  • Great Plains Master Beekeeping: Regional beekeeper training & certification program to increase the amount of well-education beekeepers and provider resources for new & experienced beekeepers to continue their education and help others become advocates for bees. Anyone can join! Any program can apply to become certified. A few of the benefits of becoming a member include free entry into Open Apiary hands-on sessions, online lectures and other distance learning opportunities, community with other beekeepers, and discounts on Learning Series programs. Check out available courses, how to become a member or certified program at http://gpmb.unl.edu

  • Beekeeping Workshops: Each year, we provide workshops for Year 1, Year 2 and advance beekeepers. It is a great opportunity to learn factual and research-based practices, walk away with workbooks and reliable information, tools and credible connections in the beekeeping community. More information is posted on our website at https://entomology.unl.edu/bee-lab, and https://www.facebook.com/unlbeelab/events.

  • Honey Sales: We have 8oz, 12oz, 3lb, 5 lb, 12lb jugs, and buckets for sale! You can purchase these at Hardin Hall or the Dairy Store, both on East Campus--- or go through us directly. We have prices listed on our website, pinned on our wall, or just contact us. You can call, email or message us to order.... or just fill out our request form HERE

  • ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS: We are here to help you, help pollinators! We have so many informative resources from value-added products, hive management, recommended native food sources to plant for bees and more.

    Call, email, message us anytime and we will do best to help! Phone: 402-472-8378, Email: unlbeelab@unl.edu.
  • Taking old beekeeping equipment: Do you or someone you know have old used beekeeping equipment? Did you try beekeeping and it just wasnt for you? The UNL Bee Lab will take donations of gently used beekeeping equipment, used hives or any other beekeeping equipment for a TAX DEDUCTABLE donation and FREE PICKUP. Please call 402-472-8378 for more details. 

  • Hap-Bee Hour:  Every Friday from 5p-6p(cst) is Hap-Bee Hour!  Log-in to our virtual office with your beekeeping questions and your favorite brew in hand to chat with Extension Entomologists Randall Cass (Iowa State University Pollinator Working Group) and Judy Wu-Smart (University of Nebraska–Lincoln Bee Lab).  Ready or not the bees are here! Many of our courses have been limited due to covid19 concerns, therefore we’re providing some extra opportunities this summer for beekeepers to get some help.  Simply watch in the comfort of your house (or just listen over the phone if you have no computer).  Log into zoom on your mobile device and bring us into the yard!  Please email the UNL Bee Lab for the Zoom link and log-in info:   Email:  unlbeelab@unl.edu.

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