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Seattle Beekeepers! Help?

Hello! I am a SOCAL beekeeper but I’m up the PACNORWEST for military service.

I’m taking an Apprentice Beekeeping Course through University of Montana and I need to test some bees. Unfortunately, my bees are in San Diego, so I was wondering if any beekeepers could donate some bees in exchange for free testing for Nosema, Varroa, and Tracheal Mites? After the testing is complete, I will provide you with detailed results.

Here is what I would need from each hive you wanted tested (up to five hives):

Nosema – Need approx. 15-20 bees from the top cover (older bees, foragers). Please collect the bees, place into a ziploc bag, and freeze the bees. Please ensure the bag is labeled (ex. Nosema test, date, hive #).

Varroa – Need approx. 250 bees from the brood frames (young bees). Be CAREFUL not to take the queen. Please place into Ziploc bag and freeze the bag. Please ensure the bag is labeled (ex. Varroa test, date, hive #).

Tracheal Mites – Need approx. 5 bees (older bees, foragers). Please collect the bees, place into a ziploc bag, and freeze the bees. Please ensure the bag is labeled (ex. Tracheal Mites test, date, hive #).

Thanks! Let me know if you have any questions or would like to have your bees tested. Due to my schedule, I would need to get the bees before 15 SEP 2019.

-Cameron

I think @Gerald_Nickel is in your area, and the other possibility is to contact Rusty Burlew at www.honeybeesuite.com. She is a master beekeeper and has recently helped a government research study. She has about 10 hives, so she will have the number of bees you need.

I could help you with San Diego bees (I am usually in Point Loma), but I can’t get back to the hives for a number of weeks, as we are traveling. Let me know if you still want samples. :blush:

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