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To help meet the challenge of protecting pollinators, several faculty and staff at Iowa State University (ISU) and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship formed the Iowa Pollinator Conservation Working Group (IPCWG) in 2013. This group reflects a partnership with colleagues and stakeholders from across the state. Members include scientists and educators with a focus on pest management, and members studying novel ways to conserve pollinators and other insects within an agricultural landscape. Read more about

Iowa State Bees Instagram

  • Monday, October 15, 2018 - 5:21pm
    The beginning of the field season vs the end of the field season. #beesofinstagram #honeybee #bees #honeybees #hives #beekeeper #apiary #iowastate #beeresearch #entomology #honey #apismellifera #soybeans #prairie #extension #iowa #fieldwork #crazyweather #teamwork
    The beginning of the field season vs the end of the field season.

#beesofinstagram #honeybee #bees #honeybees #hives #beekeeper #apiary #iowastate #beeresearch #entomology #honey #apismellifera #soybeans #prairie #extension #iowa #fieldwork #crazyweather #teamwork
  • Monday, October 8, 2018 - 12:03pm
    Deformed wing virus (DWV) in a hive tells us that the colony has varroa mites (Varroa destructor), as they are the main vector for the virus. In addition to robbing bees of their wings, the virus can also cause shortened abdomens, miscoloring, and even paralysis of the legs. Varroa mites are probably the greatest threat to hive health because they are so prolific and can weaken entire hives quickly with viruses like DWV. #beesofinstagram #honeybee #bees #honeybees #hives #beekeeper #apiary #iowastate #beeresearch #entomology #honey #apismellifera #soybeans #prairie #extension #iowa #varroa #bummer
    Deformed wing virus (DWV) in a hive tells us that the colony has varroa mites (Varroa destructor), as they are the main vector for the virus. In addition to robbing bees of their wings, the virus can also cause shortened abdomens, miscoloring, and even paralysis of the legs. Varroa mites are probably the greatest threat to hive health because they are so prolific and can weaken entire hives quickly with viruses like DWV.  #beesofinstagram #honeybee #bees #honeybees #hives #beekeeper #apiary #iowastate #beeresearch #entomology #honey #apismellifera #soybeans #prairie #extension #iowa #varroa #bummer
  • Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 5:54pm
    Today @ashleylstclair found TWO queens in a hive. One we had marked red (same color as her nails) and caged last week when we were re-queening the hive. Looks like the workers were too impatient and produced a new queen of their own! Luckily we found another home for the unmarked queen. #beesofinstagram #honeybee #bees #honeybees #hives #beekeeper #apiary #iowastate #beeresearch #entomology #honey #apismellifera #soybeans #prairie #extension #iowa #queenbee
    Today @ashleylstclair found TWO queens in a hive. One we had marked red (same color as her nails) and caged last week when we were re-queening the hive. Looks like the workers were too impatient and produced a new queen of their own! Luckily we found another home for the unmarked queen. 
#beesofinstagram #honeybee #bees #honeybees #hives #beekeeper #apiary #iowastate #beeresearch #entomology #honey #apismellifera #soybeans #prairie #extension #iowa #queenbee
  • Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 9:46am
    Making withdrawls from the royal bank: As part of our research we will be requeening many of our hives. This queen banking frame, built custom for us by local beekeeper Linn Wilbur, allows us to bank up to more than 70 queens in one hive! #beesofinstagram #honeybee #bees #honeybees #hives #beekeeper #apiary #iowastate #beeresearch #entomology #honey #apismellifera #soybeans #prairie #extension #iowa #queens #queenbank #iowabeekeepers
    Making withdrawls from the royal bank: As part of our research we will be requeening many of our hives. This queen banking frame, built custom for us by local beekeeper Linn Wilbur, allows us to bank up to more than 70 queens in one hive! #beesofinstagram #honeybee #bees #honeybees #hives #beekeeper #apiary #iowastate #beeresearch #entomology #honey #apismellifera #soybeans #prairie #extension #iowa #queens #queenbank #iowabeekeepers
  • Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 4:30pm
    TROPHALLAXIS: the mutual exchange of regurgitated liquids between adult social insects or between them and their larvae. #beesofinstagram #honeybee #bees #honeybees #hives #beekeeper #apiary #iowastate #beeresearch #entomology #honey #apismellifera #soybeans #prairie #extension #iowa #trophallaxis #workers #sisters #thisishowweeat If you listen closely I think you can hear @kidswithsharpies humming in the background!
    TROPHALLAXIS: the mutual exchange of regurgitated liquids between adult social insects or between them and their larvae. 
#beesofinstagram #honeybee #bees #honeybees #hives #beekeeper #apiary #iowastate #beeresearch #entomology #honey #apismellifera #soybeans #prairie #extension #iowa #trophallaxis #workers #sisters #thisishowweeat
If you listen closely I think you can hear @kidswithsharpies  humming in the background!