Your kit should contain 1 empty sample cup.
Collect 100-200 bees from a brood frame into the empty sample cup. Replace lid and place this jar in the freezer until shipped to us. Thawed bees will be OK in mail for a few days, but will begin to decay if left thawed for a prolonged period. Please freeze bees immediately after sampling and keep in freezer until ready to mail (see address at right).
PLEASE MARK YOUR SAMPLED COLONIES WITH RESPECTIVE NUMBERS, SO THAT YOU CAN PROVIDE US THE SURVIVAL STATUS OF THE HIVE IN SPRING 2012!
Optional comb sampling-Place a small piece (1 square inch approx.) of brood comb inside. Older comb with no pollen, nectar, or brood is preferred. If funding and resources can be secured the comb samples will be tested for pesticide residues.