UNL Bee Lab Queen Rearing 2021

Grafting cups on a hive frame

Beekeepers have reported consistent losses (30-70%) of honey bee colonies over the last decade. These high losses result in immense economic burdens for beekeepers and have prevented new beekeepers from successfully growing their operations. Rearing locally adapted queens help support the demand for high quality queens that may be more able to ward off pests and diseases and or be more resilient to environmental stressors.