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2023-2024 US Beekeeping Survey: Colony Loss and Management

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Find an inspector or locate inspection services near you

Apiary Inspectors are the bees knees

Major Exotic Pests of Concern

State Apiary Inspectors are always on the lookout for new invasive and dangerous pests for the honey bee industry. 

Northern Giant Hornet

Vespa mandarinia

Formerly known as Asian Giant Hornet

In the fall of 2019 specimens of the Northern Giant Hornet, Vespa mandarinia, were found in Vancouver Island, British Columbia and Washington state.  This hornet can have a detrimental impact on honey bee colonies, as well as other insect species.

Photo by: Hanna Royals, USDA APHIS PPQ ITP,


Tropilaelaps mercedesae

Tropilaelaps clareae

Tropilaelaps  koenigerum

Tropilaelaps thaii

Photo by: Pest and Diseases Image Library ,

Yellow-Legged Hornet

Vespa velutina

The Yellow-Legged Hornet was recently discovered in Savannah, GA in August 2023. This pest has been known to attack and prey off of honey bee colonies and if not eradicated can be expected to spread rapidly.

Photo by: Allan Smith-Pardo, USDA APHIS PPQ,

Find a diagnostic lab

Many states have programs for some diagnostics and some may have funding or grants to cover some testing.  Please reach out to your Apiary Inspector if you have any concerns about honey bee health. 

PO Box 32

Sterling, ND 58572

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