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UGA Honey Bee Program

Honey bees have been the Official State Insect of Georgia since 1975, and a subject of teaching and inquiry at the University of Georgia for decades. These marvelous insects are manageable and are used to produce honey and pollinate crops. They are practical models of biological organization and social behavior.

Honey bee research at the University of Georgia addresses sustainable bee health management issues as well as more basic questions on bee pollination and foraging ecology. In all its endeavors, the UGA Honey Bee Program aims to develop research, teaching and extension initiatives that are locally responsive while globally relevant.


How to protect Pollinators & other Beneficial Insects

Praying MantisSome of the six- and eight-legged creatures you come across outside may seem scary, but they are actually helpful. These beneficial insects pollinate our flowers, fruits & vegetables - and some even kill the "bad" (or, destructive) bugs.

Please don't run to the big box store for a can of pesticide promising the most devastating results... first, read our web pages on Beneficial Insects.

Click the cover below to learn more about how to protect our state's pollinators:

Protecting Georgia's Pollinators Booklet


Community and School Gardening in Georgia


helping community and school gardeners succeed


Interested in Honey Bee Health?

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Africanized Bees In Georgia

Dr. Delaplane on Africanized Bees

UGA Africanized Honey Bees page | pdf

Identifying Africanized Bees

Southeastern Regional Standards for Maintaining European Honey Bees