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The Bee Apocalypse Was Never Real; Here’s Why

The Bee Apocalypse Was Never Real; Here’s Why

By Jon Entine — April 17, 2018 If you were concerned after reading a sentence like “Populations of honeybees have crashed in recent years, and many researchers have pointed the blame at a class of widely used insecticides called neonicotinoids”, you are not alone. That’s how an otherwise excellent article in The […]

Honeybees are struggling to get enough good bacteria

Honeybees are struggling to get enough good bacteria

Modern monoculture farming, commercial forestry and even well-intentioned gardeners could be making it harder for honeybees to store food and fight off diseases, a new study suggests. Human changes to the landscape, such as large areas of monoculture grassland for livestock grazing, and coniferous forests […]

Michael Candy’s Synthetic Pollenizer is “a sculpture for a different species.”

Michael Candy’s Synthetic Pollenizer is “a sculpture for a different species.”

BY CARA GIAIMO APRIL 17, 2018 WHEN HUMANS WANT TO GRAB a bite to eat, they can raid the pantry, hop down to the corner store, or make a reservation at an expensive restaurant. When pollinating insects want a snack, they, too, choose among local […]

Spring is busy time for bees and their keepers

Spring is busy time for bees and their keepers

By Dean Fosdick | AP April 17 at 10:40 AM Spring is the busiest time of year for bees and their beekeepers. Queens begin laying their eggs, scouts head out of the hive to find food to replenish diminished stocks, and the rest of the workers shoulder the load […]

New curtains, a beehive and a basketball court: The Pences at the vice president’s residence

New curtains, a beehive and a basketball court: The Pences at the vice president’s residence

The official residence of the vice president, an 1893 Victorian home on a leafy hill, has always been a more laid-back place to live than the fancy digs at the White House a few miles away. Vice President Pence and wife Karen, and grown children Michael, […]

Participation Needed: 2018 National Colony Loss and Management Survey

Participation Needed: 2018 National Colony Loss and Management Survey

The Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) has launched the 2018 National Colony Loss and Management Survey. The BIP is dedicated to working with beekeepers to better understand which management practices work best. They gather survey data from thousands of beekeepers every season to understand how different management […]

The Many Dimensions of Honeybee Health

The Many Dimensions of Honeybee Health

Around 2006, beekeepers and scientists started talking about something called colony collapse disorder. CCD at that time was a new phenomenon; suddenly whole hives of worker bees started disappearing, leaving behind a queen, plenty of food, and a few nurse bees. Ever since, scientists have been trying to figure out […]

A new app listens to the problems of bees

A new app listens to the problems of bees

YOU might expect to hear an angry buzzing when honeybees have been disturbed. But some apiarists reckon they can also deduce the condition of their bees from the sounds they make. A steady hum could be the sign of a contented hive; a change in […]

Epigenetic Bee Study Explains Why Cocaine is So Addictive

Epigenetic Bee Study Explains Why Cocaine is So Addictive

Bees, like humans, have been known to act…well, buzzed when given cocaine. And just like us, they can also become addicted to it…even suffer from withdrawal symptoms when the drug is taken away. It’s this similarity in altered behavior to us that makes them a great […]

Honeybees may unlock the secrets of how the human brain works

Honeybees may unlock the secrets of how the human brain works

LINK TO ARTICLE Researchers from the University of Sheffield have discovered that looking at honeybees in a colony in the same way as neurons in a brain could help us better understand the basic mechanisms of human behaviour. The team studied a theoretical model of […]

HCBA 2018 Picnic and Extraction

HCBA 2018 Picnic and Extraction

Save the Day For Our annual Picnic and Honey Extraction Party 07/21/2018:  HCBA Picnic and extracting Howard County                      Living Farm Heritage Museum                      11:00AM to 5:00PM

Honey Bee Health Coalition, Partners Secure $475,000 Grant to Test Potential Treatments for Destructive Varroa Mite Infestations

Honey Bee Health Coalition, Partners Secure $475,000 Grant to Test Potential Treatments for Destructive Varroa Mite Infestations

LINK OF ARTICLE   The Honey Bee Health Coalition announced today that it has collaborated with an international team of 12 scientists to secure more than $475,000 in grant funds from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research to facilitate the testing of chemical compounds […]

Walmart just filed a patent for robot bees amid ongoing battle with Amazon

Walmart just filed a patent for robot bees amid ongoing battle with Amazon

  Walmart has filed a patent for robotic bees that would pollinate crops just like the real insects. The patent outlines how tiny autonomous “pollination drones” would use sensors to locate crops, transport pollen, and verify which crops have been successfully pollinated. It would be a significantly […]

Beekeeping: A hobby that benefits the environment

Beekeeping: A hobby that benefits the environment

SADLER, Texas — A scientific study stretching over 27 years in Germany revealed there has been an 82 percent decline in the “flying pollinator” population, which includes bees. A University of Maryland report found that U.S. beekeepers lost one-third of their bee colonies in 2016-17. “That’s one of the reasons that […]

Are Lithuanians Obsessed with Bees?

Are Lithuanians Obsessed with Bees?

By Will Mawhood 20 March 2018 In mid-January, the snow made the little coastal town of Šventoji in north-west Lithuania feel like a film set. Restaurants, shops and wooden holiday cabins all sat silently with their lights off, waiting for the arrival of spring. I […]

Top 10 Tips for Planting for Honeybees

Top 10 Tips for Planting for Honeybees

Planting for Honeybees (Quadrille, 2018) by Sarah Wyndham Lewis is a guide to help gardeners attract these friendly buzzing bees to their yards all season long. Wyndham Lewis also gives readers a look into the world and history of honeybees, showing why it is so important that they […]

ARS Scientist Leads $1 Million Funded Consortium to Seek Honey Bee Disease Controls

ARS Scientist Leads $1 Million Funded Consortium to Seek Honey Bee Disease Controls

By Kim Kaplan March 13, 2018 Agricultural Research Service (ARS) entomologist Steven Cook will be leading a $1 million funded international consortium of scientists to seek new controls for Varroa mites, honey bees’ number one problem. Cook, with the Bee Research Laboratory, a part of ARS’s Beltsville (Maryland) Agricultural Research Center, will […]