About Krispn Given

Krispn Given is recognized as one of the leading authorities on honey bee instrumental insemination and honey bee breeding. He is the Apiculture Specialist at Purdue University’s Department of Entomology in West Lafayette Indiana.

Mr. Given started breeding bees over 30 years ago, conducting research with 250 colonies looking for solutions to improve honey bee health. He currently oversees Purdue University’s honey bee breeding program, teaching annual queen rearing short courses and managing the honey bee laboratory and extension activities.

Krispn also teaches the instrumental insemination class each year at the university attracting researchers and bee breeders worldwide and annually gives lectures to beekeepers and researchers at national and international conferences. His current research is focused on selecting for behavioral resistance to varroa destructor by selecting bees with desirable behavioral traits, grooming, and mite-biting.

Krispn was instrumental in developing the internationally known “mite-biter” honey bee strain, where they have demonstrated high-selected bees that chew 50% of the mites that are groomed off their bodies. The primary defense mechanism is the ability to groom themselves free of varroa mites and bite them (collaboration with Dr. Greg Hunt). Krispn continues to breed bees to ameliorate colony health through constant selection, perhaps we can have stock that can also tolerate deadly viruses like DWV soon.  

Krispn has been involved in several research projects over the last eighteen years at Purdue, he is an author and co-author of numerous publications, including scientific and trade journal articles.  Krispn has received multiple honors and awards.

We offer:

  • Custom Insemination 
  • Consulting on Honey Bee Breeding 
  • Instrumental Insemination Master Classes