Bio: Barbara Bloetscher has been the State Entomologist/Apiarist at the Ohio Department of
Agriculture since 2009, after 23 years at The Ohio State University Extension. As State
Apiarist, she oversees the Apiary Program and addresses questions and issues related
to the Inspection Program, honey bees and other pollinators. She also identifies insects
and other arthropods submitted from Ohio Nursery inspectors and businesses.
Barb has kept her own colonies of honey bees for over 35 years and belongs to several
beekeeping clubs as well as The Ohio Lepidopterists and other insect related