Saturday October 3

All Day Meeting

Time:  9am - 3:30pm

Place:  Knights of Columbus Hall, Mannville Street, Leicester, MA


Dr. Ernesto Guzman, Profressor and Director of the Honey Bee Research Centre, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON

Dr. Heather Mattila,  Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA


Our Program Director Ken Warchol has brought in speakers that will cover a wide range of topics to advance our knowledge in many areas. Please make every attempt to take advantage of this all day session.  Talks that will cover some of those interested in a more natural approach to treatments, to those that have come across some very aggressive cross-Africanized bees.


Please join us for this FREE series of talks for members.  Non-members must pay $10 or may join the WCBA at the door for $15.



From Webster Square in Worcester, follow Route 9 west, a major road, into Leicester.  2 miles from the town line turn right onto Manville Street, just after Entwhistle's Garage.

From the Spencer or Leicester area follow Route 9 east.  Turn left onto Mannville St. just before Entwhistle's Garage.

The entrance to the Knights of Columbus will be on your left within 1/2 mile on Mannville St.


Agenda and Topics: 

 8:30 -  9:00  Free Coffee, Danish & Bee talk

 9:00          WCBA President's Welcome -- Mary Duane

 9:00 - 10:00  Dr. Ernesto Guzman

Scratching off mites and resistance to varroa in honey bees:  A talk on our experience with grooming behavior as one of the main mechanisms of resistance to varroa.  Also some ideas to breed resistance against the mite.

10:15 - 11:15  Dr. Heather Matilla

The effects of poor nutrition on worker bee performance. This talk will focus on the effects of pollen stress early in life on the nursing and foraging of honey bee workers later in life when they become adults.

11:30 - 12:30  Dr. Ernesto Guzman

Microbes and natural compounds for the control of honey bee parasites:  A talk on our attempts to use fungi and natural compounds to control Nosema and varroa.

12:30 - 1:30   Lunch (register for lunch by Sept. 26, bring your own, or visit a local eatery)

 1:30 - 2:30   Dr. Heather Matilla

The most novel of honey bee defenses: New research with Asian Honeybees.  I will describe some research I am working on with collaborators to understand an unusual defense used by honeybees against giant hornets in Vietnam. (Research supported by National Geographic.)

 2:45 - 3:45   Dr. Ernesto Guzman

Africanized "killer" bees: an overview.  What we know about AHBs and their impact.  Dr. Guzman worked for nearly 15 years with these bees.

 3:45          Closing and 50/50 raffle


Dr. Ernesto Guzman is a Professor and Director of the Honey Bee Research Centre in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph. Dr. Guzman has ample beekeeping, academic and research experience. He started to keep bees in 1978, has taught courses in Apiculture and Genetics and has conducted multiple research projects. His research has been focused on the genetics, behaviour, and parasitic mites of honey bees. His studies have contributed to the understanding of foraging behaviour, defensive behaviour, and the mechanisms that confer resistance to honey bees against parasitic mites, which is a critical area that addresses the most serious problem beekeepers face worldwide. Ernesto Guzman is author and co-author of more than 300 publications, including scientific and trade journal articles, as well as books, book chapters and summaries in conference proceedings. Dr. Guzman has received numerous honors and awards.


Heather Mattila completed her Ph.D. in 2005 at the University of Guelph (Canada), where her research focused on the effects of nutritional stress on colony health and productivity (with advisor Gard Otis). She subsequently completed a 4-year postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University (NY), where her research shifted to an examination of the mating behavior by honey bees queens and its impact on the colonies that they produce (with Tom Seeley). Heather has been a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Wellesley College (MA) since 2009. At Wellesley, her research continues to focus on mechanisms of social communication and organization, including honey bee behavior, the chemical ecology of colonies, and the microbiology of queens and workers. Her research program is supported by a dedicated group of Wellesley students, collaborations with colleagues from universities across North America, and by 20–40 colonies of honey bees on the College campus.




Nov. 7 -- Thanksgiving Banquet, Leicester KofC

Dec. 5 -- Christmas Party at Leo's Ristorante, Worcester

Jan. 8 -- Chef supper; speaker TBA

Feb. 12  -- Chef supper; speaker TBA