USDA Bee Lab

How to Submit samples to the US Department of Agriculture Bee Research Lab.

Samples of Adult Bees: Send at least 100 bees and if possible, select bees that are dying or have recently died. Decayed bees are not satisfactory. Place bees in 70% ethyl, methyl, or isopropyl alcohol as soon as possible and packed in leak-proof containers.

Samples of Brood Comb:Comb sample should be at least 2*2 inches and should contain as much dead or discolored brood as possible. No honey should be present in the sample. The comb can be sent in a paper bag or loosely wrapped in a paper towel, newspaper, etc and sent in a heavy cardboard box. AVOID wrappings such as plastic, aluminum foil, waxed paper, tin, glass, etc, because they promote decomposition and growth of mold. If comb can’t be sent, then the probe used to examine a diseased larvae may contain enough material for tests. The probe can be wrapped in paper and sent to the lab in an envelope.

How to address a sample: Include a short description of problem along with name, address, phone or e-mail.


Send to: Bee Disease Diagnosis

Bee Research Lab

Bldg. 476 Room 204

Beltsville Agricultural Research Center-East

Beltsville, MD 20705


also the Carl Hayden Research Center in Tucson AZ

USDA Honeybee Breeding Research

About NCBA – Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association

The Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association (NCBA) is an organization of both hobbyist and commercial beekeepers.  We exist to provide a forum for education in beekeeping both to our members and to the general public, and for exchange of ideas and experiences.  We also enjoy some ability to provide savings in bees by purchasing as a group.  We are affiliated with the Colorado State Beekeepers Association.  We meet once a month with the above objectives in mind.  Each meeting strives to discuss one or two subjects of interest in beekeeping.  Whenever possible we will discuss beekeeping and hive maintenance activities appropriate for the next month.  We also like to provide time for members to discuss beekeeping among themselves.  Once a year, usually around January, we conduct a multi-session beginning beekeeping class.  On completion of the class, we offer you the opportunity to join the association, to order bees, and we offer you a mentor to help you get off to a good start.  If you have any interest in keeping bees, we encourage you to join us. We believe joining a beekeeping association such as ours is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to start beekeeping. By joining now you will receive our news letter as well as notification of upcoming classes and meetings.  Dues are modest and affiliates members with the Colorado State Beekeepers Association. See the pages about future and past meetings for examples of meeting content..


NCBA is a 501c3 organization, and donations are tax deductible.
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