June 13th Meeting

June 13th Meeting: Queen Management: Problems and Replacement with Dr Richard Fell

Richard Fell is a retired professor of entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech but is still involved as a professor emeritus.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1979, Fell has contributed significantly to the understanding of entomology through his research and extension work in apiculture and by conducting training workshops for beekeepers that focused on colony management, queen production, and the pests and diseases affecting honey bees.

In addition, Fell advised numerous students on master’s degree and doctoral dissertations and helped them develop successful careers in both academic and industrial settings. He taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses ranging across the full entomology curriculum, placing strong emphasis on standards and student learning. He has also taught study-abroad courses in South Africa, Mali, Ecuador, Belize, and the Dominican Republic.

More recently, he served as interim head of the Department of Entomology.

Fell received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Cornell University.  At Cornell he studied under the well-known academic and author Roger Morse.  While there he had associates and connections with Tom Seeley, John Harbo, Mike Burgett and John Ambrose in addition to co-authoring research along with Roger Morse.  He is also well known for research in Virginia on Nosema, and more recently he is part of a research team awarded a grant to study the honey bee gut microbiome.

Please join us on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Montgomery County Health and Human Services Building at 210 Pepper St., Christiansburg

Meeting Agenda


  • Treasurer’s report
  • Apiary report
  • Apparel Committee
  • NRVBA Picnic   July 27th   Lori Kuszmaul                  
  • Montgomery Museum Heritage Day   August 24th   Bob Winton

-What you should be doing with your bees:  Tips and ideas from     successful Association members.

– Featured Presentation:  Dr. Richard Fell

-The Buffalo Jack Raffle: Please note: there will be no intermission so buy your tickets before the meeting or, quietly, any time during the meeting in the back of the room. Items will include:

1 ea pair leather gloves, Sz Med

1 ea 8-frame screened bottom board

1 ea 8-frame assembled medium box with one-piece plastic frames/foundation

10 ea assembled deep frames with plastic foundation

1 ea frame grip

-Close of formal meeting.  Join in for socializing, refreshments, and a time for asking questions.  Please consider bringing a snack or beverage to share.

-Emory B. Altizer, NRVBA President

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