Welcome to MSBA

We are a non-profit membership organization of beekeepers in Maine, dedicated to education using best practices and the promotion of beekeeping to the public. Affiliated with local chapters throughout the state, MSBA also works with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to promote the honey bee, products of the hive and initiatives to support beekeepers. 

Nucleus honey bee colonies
Nucleus hives

Webinars on Splitting and Swarming

Recordings of informative and timely webinars produced by MSBA are now available for member viewing: "Successful Nuc Installation and Spring Splitting Strategies" with Lincoln Sennett of Swan's Honey, "All You Ever Wanted to Know About Swarms" with State Apiarist Jennifer Lund, and "Post-Summer Solstice Nucs" with Carol Armatis. Click on the photo above for links to these webinar recordings.

Honey Bee Swarm
Swarm photo by Reinhard Thrainer

MSBA Swarm Removal Team

We can help if you have a honey bee swarm on your property. Swarming is a part of the natural reproductive cycle, in which the queen and a portion of the worker population leave the hive to find a new home. Swarms are relatively harmless, but can be an alarming sight. Bees should not be sprayed with water or disturbed in any other way. Please make sure you have identified them as honey bees, not wasps, before contacting us.

State Apiarist Jen Lund inspecting a hive
State Apiarist Jen Lund

Maine State Apiary Program

Have you visited the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's Apiary Program website? There are fact sheets, management resources, a list of swarm catchers, hive registration application and a 4-part webinar on Varroa mite IPM. You can even request an inspection of your hives from the state apiarist. The program works hard to prevent the introduction and spread of honey bee diseases and parasites.