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.


Learn more about how to protect our state's pollinators:

Protecting Georgia's Pollinators

Community and school gardening in Georgia


Helping community and school gardeners succeed:

Center for Urban Agriculture


Honey bee health information

Read more about bee health:

The 2018 Beekeeping Institute took place in May 2018. Registration information on the 2019 program will becoming soon.

Questions or comments:
Please contact Bear and Marybeth Kelley, the Bee Institute Registrars, at or 229-322-5025.


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.

Learn more