Collect and preserve bee samples for Varroa mite or Nosema test.
For live sample collection:
For dead-out sample collection:
Collect 1/2 cup of bees (~300) from the cluster (not off the bottom board)
Bees should not be moldy
Store sample of bees in 70% ethanol or windshield washer fluid until they can be brought to the lab
Fill out a sample submission form BEFORE shipping or delivering samples to the Bee Lab.
You can either fill out the online sample form or the printed PDF form.
If using the printed PDF, enclose this form with your samples in a bag upon delivery or shipment.
Make sure to select wether you are submitting a live sample or a dead-out sample on the form.
You may hand deliver samples along with printed forms to one of our drop box locations:
UVM Horticulture Farm: 65 Green Mountains Dr., South Burlington, VT
Moore Free Library: 23 West St. Newfane, VT
Bent Northrup Library: 164 Park St., Fairfield, VT
You may send samples to the lab through the USPS. Due to the inclusion of alcohol in the samples, USPS Retail Ground, Parcel Select or Parcel Select Lightweight. Send properly sealed and labeled containers along with appropriate paperwork to the lab at:
Vermont Bee Lab
Jeffords Building, Room 220
63 Carrigan Drive, Burlington, VT
More details can be found in the FAQs section and sample collection tutorial video