How to protect pollinators and other beneficial insects
Some of the six- and eight-legged creatures you come across outside may seem scary, but they are actually helpful. These beneficial insects pollinate our flowers, fruits and 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 information on Beneficial Insects.
The Great Georgia Pollinator Census
Citizen Science at Work
August 23-24, 2019
Coordinated by University of Georgia Extension
Honey bee health information
Read more about bee health:
The dates of the 2019 Young Harris Institute are May 22-25 at the campus of Young Harris College. Our special guest instructors will include Dr. Francis Ratnieks from the University of Sussex, UK, Dr. David Tarpy from North Carolina State University, and Dr. Wyatt Mangum.
Questions or comments:
Please contact Bear and Marybeth Kelley, the Bee Institute Registrars, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 229-322-5025.
- View the 2018 Beekeeping Institute program
- UGA Bee Lab Brings Master Beekeeper Program to Georgia Inmates
- Getting started in Beekeeping
- 2016 YHC/UGA Beekeeping Institute Group Photo
Support the Bee Lab
Please support our UGA Bee Lab research efforts by purchasing some of our private-label, pure, raw honey. It is available from several convenient locations:
- Athens Seed, Lawn and Garden
54 Greensboro Highway
Watkinsville, GA 30677
- Southern Hardware 650 GA-72, Comer, GA 30629
- 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
About the 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.