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.

Queen rearing 101 offers information about the basic biology of queens and drones, why and when to rear queens, and techniques for rearing honey bee queens. This is not a course about queen breeding or stock selection but is an introductory course meant for beekeepers with at least a few years of experience.

These courses are offered by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Bee Lab. The cost of this class is $30 per person for the full course. This is focused on practical training of queen REARING techniques and is different than queen BREEDING techniques. 


Kimmel Orchard - Saturday June 26th, 9am to 4pm

Scottsbluff - Saturday July 17th, 9am to 4pm

 If you have any questions please call 402-472-8378 email unlbeelab@unl.edu or visit https://entomology.unl.edu/bee-lab 


The $30 per person includes lecture, queen rearing tools, and snacks.

Make checks payable to: University of Nebraska

Send class fee to:
UNL Bee Lab
103 Entomology Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0816


Your spot will not be reserved until your payment has been received 

All Field attendees will be expected to follow Covid-19 guidelines

State: Nebraska
Course Standards: 3.19
Field Training: 

Course Date: 
Kimmel Orchard - Saturday June 26th / Scottsbluff - Saturday July 17th

Course Time: 
9am to 4pm

Course Location: 
Kimmel Orchard 5995 G Road, Nebraska City, NE 68410, and Scottsbluff, NE

Course Cost: 
$30 per person for workshop, includes lecture slides and video