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The Zen Beekeeper Returning Hives to the Wild

In recent years, the mysterious disappearance of bees has puzzled experts from across the world. In the United States alone, the honeybee population has dropped by 50 percent from midcentury levels, and 700 species of bees are now at risk of extinction. Scientists can’t really […]

EAS 2019 IS GOING TO BE SWEET

Southern Hospitality  The team has been working hard and is happy to report there is much to see at EAS 2019 2019 has over 50 speakers and will feature Keynote speakers in addition to talks specific to track and topic so you can easily learn the things you are […]

How a Honey Bee’s Waggle is Inspiring Aerospace Design

By Leslie Mertz, Ph.D. The next time you see a bee land on a flower, watch how busy its abdomen is. It scrunches up, it lengthens, and it curls this way and that with amazing flexibility. A group of engineers at Tsinghua University in Beijing […]

McDonald’s Opens a Miniature Restaurant Just for Bees

In a bid to help protect bees, McDonald’s recently commissioned creative agency NORDDDB to design its smallest restaurant yet called McHive. You won’t find Happy Meals and Egg McMuffins here though—the tiny franchise is actually a fully functioning beehive, complete with everything the endangered insects need to […]

HUGE Swarm Captured by HCBA member

Member Vic Seested sent pictures of huge swarm he encountered lately:    

May General Meeting

We are excited for the next HCBA General Meeting on Tuesday, May 14. The meeting will start at 7 PM in the Howard County Fairgrounds Dining Hall.  This month, HCBA board members David Schultz and Valerie Wampler will speak to the club about honey bee […]

A swarm of bees invaded an MLB game, forcing a 20-minute delay

HCBA Members could do this “Two fans quelled the furor by removing the queen bee by hand from the swarm which covered the microphone above the dugout,” the AP reported. “The queen bee was placed into [a] makeshift cardboard beehive, and quickly was joined by […]

Discovery of RNA transfer through royal jelly could aid development of honey bee vaccines

Researchers have discovered that honey bees are able to share immunity with other bees and to their offspring in a hive by transmitting RNA ‘vaccines’ through royal jelly and worker jelly. The jelly is the bee equivalent of mother’s milk: a secretion used to provide […]

The bees living on Notre Dame’s roof survived the fire

Paris (CNN) — The bees that live on the roof of Notre Dame are alive and buzzing, having survived the devastating fire that ripped through the cathedral on Monday, the beekeeper Nicolas Geant confirmed to CNN. LINK

Cute car window decal

You can get it from Dadant LINK neither myself nor HCBA get any financial insensitive from this post. I am posting it because in the week that I had it in my car three people have asked me about it in parking lots and stop […]

How To Paint Bee Boxes

Wooden bee boxes are a long-term investment. If properly prepared and cared for they should last for many years, if not decades. During the big push to get bee equipment ready for the season, it’s tempting to just deploy unpainted woodenware. That works, but doing […]

Checklist for Beginners

The List for March: Crunch Time for New Beekeepers If you’ve decided to give beekeeping a try, it may seem like you have plenty of time before your bees arrive. There is still time to get everything pulled together, but some of the tasks need […]

NOW LIVE! The 2018-2019 Colony Loss and Management Survey!

NOW LIVE! The 2018-2019 Colony Loss and Management Survey! Good morning America! It’s beautiful outside! The birds are chirping and the bees are flying! You may even notice a few flowers outside too! Here in the South, our many azaleas are in full bloom! This […]

Beginning Beekeeping Videos

Attention beginners.  As you receive your packages or nucs here are some great videos on how to install either.

World’s Largest Bee Is Spotted For First Time In Decades

  You might think the world’s biggest bee would be easy to find. But that’s not the case: Until recently, the last time anyone had reported seeing a Wallace’s giant bee living in the wild was in 1981. That changed in January, when the rare […]

Bee parasite is more werewolf than vampire

That may finally explain why Varroa destructor mites are a nightmare for a beehive SUSAN MILIUS MAR 4, 2019 — 6:45 AM EST Scientists have given a tiny mite the ominous name Varroa destructor. This parasite lives on honeybees. Scientists had thought it was a […]

Bees change scent as they age

How Bees Recognize Nestmates from Washington University in STL on Vimeo. By Eleanor Imster in EARTH | March 4, 2019 New research on honey bees offers insight into how these social insects recognize each other. The study published February 5, 2019, in the journal eLife […]

Amid concerns for their health, bees find a powerful buffet in an unlikely urban oasis

Timothy B. Wheeler Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun   A bulldozer rumbled atop a massive construction-rubble landfill nearby as Sam Droege and Thom Wilson went bee-hunting beneath high-voltage power lines slicing across northeastern Baltimore. Every few steps he took, Droege — a wildlife biologist with the U.S. […]

Massive Loss Of Thousands Of Hives Afflicts Orchard Growers And Beekeepers

  February 18, 20194:28 PM ET Heard on All Things Considered Almond bloom comes nearly all at once in California — a flush of delicate pale blooms that unfold around Valentine’s Day. And beekeeper Bret Adee is hustling to get his hives ready, working through […]