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Varroa Mites Feed Primarily on Honeybee Fat Body Tissues

Varroa Mites Feed Primarily on Honeybee Fat Body Tissues

Dr. Samuel Ramsey who presented his ground breaking work on Varroa Mites to our monthly meeting on February 13, 2018 published his work this week.  The post about his presentation https://hocoba.com/samuel-ramseys-video/ is the most viewed publication on this website.  I has attracted international attention to the […]

Giant honey bees perform hypnotic defensive dance

Giant honey bees perform hypnotic defensive dance

This is the fascinating moment a hypnotic defensive display is executed by a group of giant honey bees in Asia.    Footage, captured in Vietnam, shows the bees perform an almost hypnotic dance as they thrust their abdomens at 90 degrees into the air in an […]

We discovered more about the honeybee ‘wake-up call’ — and it could help save them

We discovered more about the honeybee ‘wake-up call’ — and it could help save them

MENAFN – The Conversation) Worldwide honeybee populations are in peril – and it’s a dire situation for humans. Threats from climate change , toxic pesticides , and disease have all contributed to a steep honeybee population decline since 2006. And as a third of the […]

Alberta science students come up with probiotic they hope will help honeybees

Alberta science students come up with probiotic they hope will help honeybees

By Morgan Taylor Global News Students at the University of Alberta have created a probiotic that could help save the local honeybee population – and in turn, your avocado toast. Many of us know our bees need help, and the team of students say they […]

Genome published of the small hive beetle, a major honey bee parasite

Genome published of the small hive beetle, a major honey bee parasite

Date:December 20, 2018 Source:US Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service Summary:Beekeepers and researchers will welcome the unveiling of the small hive beetle’s genome by scientists. The small hive beetle (SHB) is a major parasite problem of honey bees for which there are few effective […]

Leave No Trace’s Thomasin McKenzie: ‘The bees have left the deepest mark on me’

Leave No Trace’s Thomasin McKenzie: ‘The bees have left the deepest mark on me’

The young star of Leave No Trace (one of the Guardian’s top-ranked films of the year) talks about the survival skills she learned for the role – and her passion for the wild You filmed Leave No Trace early in 2017 and it has been […]

Can folk music save the honeybee?

Can folk music save the honeybee?

Folk music has long gone hand in hand with political protest. From Pete Seeger’s 1959 rendition of the African American gospel We Shall Overcome, which became an anthem for the civil rights movement, to Dick Gaughan’s Ballad of ‘84, a clarion call for the Scottish miners’ […]

South Carolina beekeeper stunned by West Nile spray, loses thousands of bees

South Carolina beekeeper stunned by West Nile spray, loses thousands of bees

PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. — A Pickens County beekeeper is trying to figure out how to bounce back from a stinging blow. Denise Blecke said a recent string of sprayings to ward of West Nile virus killed thousands of her honeybees. She said her neighbors were […]

Time to register your Hive

Time to register your Hive

Maintaining healthy honey bee colonies is very important to Maryland agriculture. Crops valued in excess of $40 million require or benefit from honey bee pollination in the State. Managed colonies are increasingly important since most wild honey bees have died due to parasitic mites. Apiary […]

Honeybees may hold the secret to stem cell youth

Honeybees may hold the secret to stem cell youth

From Medical News Today https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323904.php   By Maria Cohut Fact checked by Isabel Godfrey Royal jelly is a gelatinous substance that honeybees produce to feed their young. This intriguing food also holds the mysterious power of helping some honeybee larvae grow into new queen bees. Some people believe […]

Can these startups save the Honey Bee?

Can these startups save the Honey Bee?

There has rarely been an animal creating as much buzz in Europe as the honey bee: The unsung hero of our global food production has suddenly become the centrepiece of an intense battle between global corporations, activists, beekeepers and EU policymakers. Now startups are entering […]

Researchers Create First Ever Honey Bee Vaccine

Researchers Create First Ever Honey Bee Vaccine

The compound protects against the American foulbrood disease, but the same technique could lead to protection against other major pathogens Vaccines are one of humanity’s greatest medical breakthroughs—ridding the world of smallpox, limiting outbreaks of mumps and measles and putting polio on the ropes. Now, reports […]

Beekeeping365

Beekeeping365

Beekeeping365   ~ The more I studied beekeeping, the less I knew, until, finally, I knew nothing. But, even though I knew nothing, I still had plenty to unlearn. Charles Martin Simon If you like our site you will also like Beekeping365 by Sassafras Farms.  […]

Bee gene study sheds light on risks to hives

Bee gene study sheds light on risks to hives

Efforts to protect the UK’s native honey bees could be helped by research that maps their entire genetic make-up. Experts also analysed the genetic profile of bacteria and other organisms that live inside bees, to shed new light on emerging diseases that threaten bee colonies. […]

WILD BEES ARE DYING AND ECOSYSTEM COLLAPSE WILL FOLLOW—BUT NOBODY’S TAKING NOTICE

WILD BEES ARE DYING AND ECOSYSTEM COLLAPSE WILL FOLLOW—BUT NOBODY’S TAKING NOTICE

The humble honeybee was domesticated by humans thousands of years ago, and today it plays an important role in the world economy as a pollinator of crops. In recent years, a significant amount of attention has been paid to the numerous threats that are facing […]

Some honeybees have four parents or no mother – and we don’t know why

Some honeybees have four parents or no mother – and we don’t know why

By Sam Wong We’ve still got plenty to learn about “the birds and the bees”. A close looker has revealed that some honeybees born partly male and partly female have up to four parents – and some of them have no mother at all. In bees, unfertilised eggs […]

How Close-Up Glamour Shots Are Generating Buzz for Bees

How Close-Up Glamour Shots Are Generating Buzz for Bees

The pictures were taken for science, but found a wider audience because they’re gorgeous and a little trippy. by Jessica Leigh Hester November 27, 2018 He thinks they’re cute, for one thing. (Just look at that wee proboscis, those dangly antennae, and those compound eyes, […]

HCBA website attracting world wide visitors

HCBA website attracting world wide visitors

Our website has always attracted visitors from around the world.  Recently we started recording the origin of these visits and displaying a live tabulation at the footer of the front page.  The website has had more than 38,000 page views since its creation 18 months […]

Program boosts health of hives and heroes

Program boosts health of hives and heroes

By Quinn Zimmerman Michigan State University is initiating a sweet friendship between military veterans and honeybees. Heroes to Hives teaches veterans beekeeping skills as a path to personal and financial wellness. Adam Ingrao, an Army veteran who is an agricultural entomologist educator and veteran’s liaison […]

Artisanal Edible Cannabis Honey Causes A Buzz

Artisanal Edible Cannabis Honey Causes A Buzz

Innovative Israeli cannabis technology company PhytoPharma International is causing a buzz! The artisanal honey producing company’s bees are feasting on a spectrum that contains cannabinoids. Since bees are insects that do not have a mammalian endocannabinoid system, they are not getting high. However, they pass […]