• Photograph of bees in a hive

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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

  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 2:32pm
    Missing the warmer days! Throwback to October hive inspections! #beesofinstagram #honeybee #bees #beekeeper #apiary #iowastate #beeresearch #entomology #honey #apismellifera #soybeans #extension #iowa
  • Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 3:32pm
    Pollen mates! Check out this fuzzy bumble bee (Bombus pensylvanicus) covered in pollen sharing a thistle with a classic batesian mimic hover fly. #beesofinstagram #honeybee #bees #beekeeper #apiary #iowastate #beeresearch #entomology #honey #apismellifera #soybeans #extension #iowa
  • Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 11:12am
    Checking for a Heartbeat? - The bee team is testing out a method to monitor hive vitality we call the "knock test." This involves giving each hive a firm knock and listening for an audible buzzing reaction using a stethoscope. It could help us monitor colony strength and mortality through the winter without having to crack the hive and expose the bees to the cold. Pictured are myself and Dr. Amy Toth. https://www.tothlab.org #beesofinstagram #honeybee #bees #beekeeper #apiary #iowastate #beeresearch #entomology #honey #apismellifera #soybeans #extension #iowa
  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 12:33pm
    Bees on wheels! Dr Hendriksma towing some hives in the gator from their remote field location to load them up and take them to our overwintering site on campus. #beesofinstagram #honeybee #bees #beekeeper #apiary #iowastate #beeresearch #entomology #honey #apismellifera #soybeans #extension #iowa
  • Monday, December 4, 2017 - 4:58pm
    Last month we came across a very weak hive on its last leg. The queen had died. And we arrived just in time to see her being carried out by an undertaker bee. #RoyalFuneral. Just wish the photo was a bit crisper. #beesofinstagram #honeybee #bees #beekeeper #apiary #iowastate #beeresearch #entomology #honey #apismellifera #soybeans #extension #iowa