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UGA Honey Bee Program

Honey bees have been the Official State Insect of Georgia since 1975, and a subject of teaching and inquiry at the University of Georgia for decades. These marvelous insects are manageable and are used to produce honey and pollinate crops. They are practical models of biological organization and social behavior.

Honey bee research at the University of Georgia addresses sustainable bee health management issues as well as more basic questions on bee pollination and foraging ecology. In all its endeavors, the UGA Honey Bee Program aims to develop research, teaching and extension initiatives that are locally responsive while globally relevant.

How to protect Pollinators & other Beneficial Insects

Praying MantisSome of the six- (& eight!) legged creatures that you come across outside may seem scary, but they are actually helpful. These beneficial insects pollinate our flowers, fruits & vegetables - and some even kill the bad (or, destructive) bugs.

Please don't run to the big box store for a can of pesticide promising the most devastating results... first, read our web pages on Beneficial Insects.

Managed Pollinator CAP

Managed Pollinator Coordianted Agricultural Project

The Managed Pollinator Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP) is a national research and extension initiative made up of 21 funded collaborators and two advisory boards, whose long-term goal is to restore large and diverse populations of managed bee pollinators across the United States to sustain natural and agricultural plant communities. The Managed Pollinator CAP web site is hosted by the University of Georgia.

CAP related articles are jointly published in the American Bee Journal and in Bee Culture Magazine.

Honey Bee Lab email list gets a tune-up

UGA Listserv

Don't miss an edition of the Georgia Bee Letter or important news about the Beekeeping Institute or other Bee Lab goings on.

Visit our correspondence page to follow the instructions for subscribing, unsubscribing, and changing your subscription so as to manage your inclusion in our email distribution list (UGA Listserv).

Support the Bee Lab: eat more honey

Please support our UGA Bee Lab research efforts by purchasing some of our private-label, pure, raw honey. It is available from three, convenient locations:

  • Athens Seed, Lawn and Garden
    54 Greensboro Highway
    Watkinsville, GA 30677
  • Cofer's Home and Garden
    1145 Mitchell Bridge Road
    Athens, GA 30606
  • UGA Entomology Department
    413 Biological Sciences Building
    120 Cedar Street
    Athens, GA 30602
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