Research by the beekeeper, for the beekeeper

  • Bugonia is an online database where beekeepers can enter data about their hives.
  • Beekeepers can then participate in a variety of research projects.
  • Real-time reports allow beekeepers to track their results and even compare their findings against results in their area.
  • Results will be aggregated across all beekeepers and published in beekeeping journals and peer-review journals.


2014 Projects

Project 1: Beekeepers Using Nematodes to Control Hive Beetles-BUNCH

  • Struggling with Small Hive Beetles? Then this is the project for you! 
  • Nematodes are a naturally occurring type of unsegmented worm, with certain beneficial nematode species being considered efficacious and organic biocontrols for Small Hive Beetles.
  • Applying certain species of beneficial nematodes to the soil around your hive has been shown to eliminate 88-100% of Small Hive Beetles pupating in the soil. We want to see how beekeepers can get these kinds of results every time!
  • Beekeepers do not have to apply nematodes to participate in the study.


Project 2: Testing the Efficacy of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Programs for Controlling Varroa destructor

  • The project aims to develop and test the efficacy of a non-chemical “Integrated pest management” (IPM) program to manage Varroa destructor and associated mite-vectored viruses.
  • Specifically, the program will test whether splitting colonies reduces mite populations and mite-vectored viruses. It aims to reduce the reliance on chemical control tactics and reduce the amount of time and costs beekeepers must spend on Varroa control treatments while increasing overall colony health and survivorship.
  • The IPM program will include learning methods for evaluating and tracking colony health throughout the season. Techniques will include:
    • Bee and mite population estimates
    • Brood health
    • Disease presence
    • Honey, pollen and nectar records
  • The ultimate goal of this project is to develop a long-term IPM program providing small scale and hobbyist beekeepers with management tools to control honey bee pests and increase colony survival.
  • Beekeepers do not have to have a minimum number of colonies to participate.
  • The field study will begin in late May 2014 and end in October 2014.
  • Materials will be available online explaining the program and procedures in depth. If you have questions please contact: Katy Ciola Evans at  To participate, sign up here.


The Meaning of Bugonia

Bugonia is a term for an ancient ritual practiced in Egypt where oxen were buried with their horns protruding above the ground. The ends of the horns were then cut off with the belief being that these severed horns were the origin of honey bees. Bugonia continued for centuries, and references treating this practice as fact can be found in naturalist books as late as the 1700s.

Today, beekeepers still struggle with determining which practices actually work and which don’t.  Now more than ever this knowledge is of critical importance given what seems to be a never-ending list of pressures on honey bee health.  In addressing this, aims to better represent actual results through sample sizes that are many orders of magnitude larger than typical bee studies while also giving beekeepers the ability to see customized data reports on results for their area. Beekeepers all across the country are the researchers, operating in real bee yards with real life problems.

Bugonia is free to use and always will be. Join today to be a part of this new frontier in honey bee research!