APHIS National Honey Bee Survey

The National Honey Bee Survey (NHBS), in conjunction with the Bee Informed Partnership 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.

The survey takes an epidemiological approach to document honey bee diseases, pests, and pathogens. The survey has a monitors for the absence/presence of invasive threats to honey bee colony health. These possible threats include Tropilaelaps clareae, Apis cerana, and Slow Bee Paralysis Virus. Additionally, we are able to test colony pesticide residue to assess both the variety and quantity of pesticides present in honey bee hives.


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