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117.1.    Notice of arrival of bees.
117.2.    Markings on equipment in shipment.
117.3.    Bee disease in unidentified colonies.
117.4.    Exemption of package bees.


   The provisions of this Chapter 117 issued under act of April 6, 1921 (P. L. 95) (3 P. S. § §  691—704), unless otherwise noted.


   The provisions of this Chapter 117 adopted March 15, 1958, unless otherwise noted.

§ 117.1. Notice of arrival of bees.

 (a)  Notice shall be given to the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120 within 10 days after the arrival within this Commonwealth of bees, used hives, combs, bee appliances or equipment.

 (b)  The notice shall contain the following information:

   (1)  The exact location of the bee equipment.

   (2)  The name and address of the owner of the property on which the bees are located.

   (3)  The exact quantity of bee equipment contained in the shipment.

   (4)  A copy of the inspection certificate issued by an apiary inspector of the state of origin of the bee equipment.

§ 117.2. Markings on equipment in shipment.

 Hives or other equally sized equipment in any shipment shall be plainly and permanently marked on the outside with the name and address of the owner of the equipment.

§ 117.3. Bee disease in unidentified colonies.

 Unidentified colonies of bees located on premises other than those belonging to bee owners shall be subject to immediate destruction without notice if found to contain infectious bee diseases or bee parasites.

§ 117.4. Exemption of package bees.

 Package bees bearing a certificate of inspection shall be exempt from this chapter.

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