Bee on a flower

As a service to Massachusetts beekeepers, inspectors are available to inspect hives to check and assist with the detection of hive diseases and/or pests. Inspectors work to prevent the introduction and establishment of honey bee pests and diseases.

In addition, the honey bee industry benefits our state's fruit and vegetable industry by providing pollination services that are available in no other way and ensure fruitful crops.

Apiary Inspectors monitor honey bee colonies throughout the state for diseases, honey bee pests and unwanted bee species.

Massachusetts Honey Bee Hive Survey - 2015

This survey was created by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) to serve as a tool for Massachusetts honey beekeepers to share data on hive losses that occurred during the 2015 season. Participation in this survey is voluntary. Responses will be analyzed by MDAR Apiary Program staff, who will then provide a summary of results to the beekeeping community this winter.

Contact Information

Kim Skyrm, Ph.D.
Chief Apiary Inspector/Apiary Program Coordinator
Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
251 Causeway Street, Suite 500
Boston, MA  02114

Office: Amherst 413-548-1905; Boston 617-626-1801
Fax: Amherst 413-548-1901; Boston 617-626-1850

Address for bee samples:

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
Attention: Kim Skyrm
101 University Dr
Suite C-4
Amherst, MA  01002