Beehive Pests Teaching Collection 

Bees pollinate the majority of flowering plants and one of the most common economically significant species is the European honey bee (Apis mellifera). European honey bees are responsible for pollinating over 130 fruit and vegetable varieties and therefore have a significant economic impact. How have honey bees become such a vital pollinator for so many plants? The answer is through beekeeping! Humans have been practicing beekeeping for almost ten thousand years, and the relationship between humans and honey bees has been vital ever since. 

Even though honey bees produce honey and wax, which are valuable resources on their own, thousands of hives are transported directly to crops every year for various pollination services. The use of manmade hives to transport honey bees has allowed domestication, which unfortunately opens up the possibility for pests and parasites to take over and spread easily. Understanding common arthropod maladies of honey bee hives is made easier with the BioQuipBugs teaching kit which includes 10 examples of common pests and parasites found in honey bee hives as well as a variety of European honey bee (Apis mellifera) specimens. This kit serves as an excellent teaching resource for beekeepers, agricultural teachers, or a great reference for personal collections. 

Specimens come either papered or preserved in alcohol in clear, archival-quality glass vials with poly-seal caps to prevent evaporation. All specimens are sent with alcohol-proof, typed specimen data labels, and species identification tags. 



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