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Honey Bee Survey

Honey bee. Image by Jerry A. Payne, USDA Agricultural Research Service, bugwood.org.

Funder: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
Project Partners: University of Minnesota
Project Period: 9/1/2016 – 8/31/2017


Minnesota has participated in a national survey of honey bee health since 2011. The survey is organized by USDA APHIS in cooperation with the Bee Informed Partnership. More information about the national survey along with yearly results can be found at the Bee Informed Website.


The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) works with beekeepers to sample honey bee colonies and submit samples to the USDA for analysis. The samples are analyzed for a broad suite of invasive pests and pathogens as well as other issues that can affect the health of honey bee colonies. Samples taken during previous projects have been analyzed for the following pests and pathogens:

Israeli acute paralysis virus
Kashmir bee virus
Deformed wing virus
Acute bee paralysis virus
Chronic bee paralysis virus
Slow paralysis virus
Lake Sinai virus-2
More about honey bee viral analysis

American foul brood
Black shiny bees
Deformed wing virus
European foul brood
Idopathic brood disease syndrome
Sac brood
Small hive beetle
Wax moth

Nosema ceranae
Nosema apis

Varroa mite
Apis cerana
spp. mites

More information

Information on pollinators from MDA
University of Minnesota Bee Lab

Last Updated: June 20, 2016