The National Honey Bee Survey, in conjunction with the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) and the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), is a comprehensive examination of colony health throughout apiaries in the United States. The NHBS began in 2009 to address the emerging concern about the diminishing health of honey bee colonies. This survey takes an epidemiological approach to document honey bee diseases, pests and pathogens. Additionally this survey has a monitoring attribute that tests for the presence or absence of invasive threats to honey bee colony health. These possible threats would be Tropilaelaps clareae, Apis cerana, and Slow Bee Paralysis Virus. An additional objective of this survey is colony pesticide analysis to asses both the variety and quantity of pesticides present in honey bee hives.
APHIS NHBS Research Results
NHBS Project Plan 2013
Outline of the survey’s objectives and goals.
Survey Results from 2011-2012
Survey Results from 2010-2011
NHBS Pilot 2009-2010
Survey Results from 2009-2010
National Honey Bee Survey Sample Collection Training
Overview of the APHIS NHBS survey with Robyn Rose and training video for sample collection from colonies.
National Honey Bee Survey Pesticide Sample Collection
NHBS training video for pesticide sample collection