Welcome to Heartland Honeybee Breeders Co Op


About Us

The Heartland Honey Bee Breeders Cooperative was formed during a queen program in June 2013 at Purdue University. It involves the cooperative sharing of information, techniques and disease-resistant genetics between queen producers in the states of Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Illinois. Returning each year for a Queen Insemination Event in early June, certified HHBBC queen producers bring virgin queens to Purdue University. Semen is harvested from Mite Biter drones and then used to inseminate the new queens. Those inseminated queens then go back into each state’s queen breeding program and evaluated for the following year to help us all make rapid progress towards Varroa Mite resistant, gentle, productive, disease-resistant, non-Africanized queens that are locally adapted to the conditions in each state.



illinois queen initiative

Indiana queen breeders association

kentucky queen breeders association

west virginia queen producers co-op

Buckeye queen producers

pennsylvania queen bee improvement program

Ohio Queen and Nuc Producers Association

Reference - Links of Interest


Breeding mite-biting bees to control varroa


by Greg Hunt, J Krispn Given, Jennifer M. Tsuruda, Gladys K. Andino

Purdue university - entomology


To improve the quality of life for the state, nation and the world by advancing scientific knowledge through the development and application of arthropod/nematode science. The Department of Entomology offers learning, engagement and discovery programs to meet the needs of Indiana, the Midwest, and the nation. Undergraduate degree programs and Graduate degree programs at both the Master’s and Ph.D. levels are offered. 

Heartland apicultural society


Heartland Apicultural Society Inc. was founded in 2001 with a grant from Eastern Apicultural Society.  Donations and fees collected by Heartland Apicultural Society support conference hosting costs; the board of directors and support staff are all volunteers.  Since Heartland Apicultural Society was founded, annual conferences have been held at rotating locations. 

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