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East African honeybees are safe from invasive pests? for now

Several parasites and pathogens that devastate honeybees in Europe, Asia and the United States are spreading across East Africa, but do not appear to be impacting native honeybee populations at this time, according to an international team of researchers. The invasive pests include including Nosema microsporidia and Varroa mites. read more

Honeybees In Australia Suffer Record Shattering Deaths

Honeybees in Australia are suffering the same dire situation as their insect cousins in the United States and in England. The beekeeper industry is urging lawmakers to enact more stringent biosecurity measures the protect the pollinates from an immediate and devastation pest. Australian honeybees are being destroyed by the Varroa mite in record numbers, according

Why Are So Many Bee Colonies Dying Off In Europe?

5 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

We know that honeybee dieoffs have been a problem in America, but what about their European cousins? A new report takes the first comprehensive look at just what is happening to the bee colonies in Europe — and the news is very bad indeed. Read more...

The 14 Music Festival Style Essentials

5 days agoLifestyle / Fashion : FabSugar

The following post was written by Melissa Rivas, who blogs at Lemondrops & Honeybees and is part of POPSUGAR Select Fashion. It is officially Spring, which marks the start of music festival season! For anyone heading to Coachella Valley...Show More Summary

Honey Bee Death Rates Lower Than Expected

A European Union survey found death rates of honeybees lower than feared, countering concerns about the collapse the crop-pollinating insect colonies caused by pests and disease. The study of 32,000 bee colonies across 17 EU member states from late 2012 until summer 2013 found winter mortality rates ranged from 3.5 percent to 33.6 percent, Reuters […]

Where Bee Stings Are the Most Painful

Where would it hurt more to get stung by a bee: on a testicle or on a nostril? It was this burning question that led Michael Smith, a graduate student at Cornell University studying honeybees, to his latest research. After being stung on the testicle and realizing it didn't hurt...

Man lets bees sting his genitals for science

Where on the body does it hurt most to get stung by a honeybee? If you guessed somewhere in the nether regions, you'd be wrong — at least according to one graduate student who allowed bees to sting him a handful of times each on 25 different parts of the body. Show More Summary

The Worst Places To Get Stung By A Bee

last weekOdd : Neatorama

Cornell graduate student Michael Smith studies honeybees. The day he was stung on a testicle inspired a new experiment: what body part hurts the worst when stung by a bee? Mind you, if the testicle sting had been particularly painful, the rest of the experiment would have never been carried out. Show More Summary

A Dry Year for Honey

When you think about the necessity of water in agriculture, fruit trees, row crops, and cattle probably come to mind, but you might not think about bees. As if honeybees and beekeepers didn’t have it hard enough these days, they face another challenge: drought.

The Cool Techie DIY Beehive: Another Tool for Colony Collapse Disorder

The Open Source Beehives project publishes printable plans for honeybee shelter that are ready for a computer-controlled cutter (and that can be made really techie with sensor kits) The post The Cool Techie DIY Beehive: Another Tool for Colony Collapse Disorder appeared first on Sustainablog.

10 Reasons to Make Bee Pollen A Part of Your Daily Nutrition

Do you know about bee pollen? Do you know what it is? Bee pollen is made by honeybees from flowers. One note: SAVE THE HONEYBEES! Because if we don’t have honeybees, we don’t have food. Bee pollen is one of the rare foods needed for human survival as it contains almost all the nutrients needed […]

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Tue March 25, 2014 HoneyBee By Amy-Willard Cross Forget about dogs eating dogs. Other metaphors of natural or animal behavior might better serve the business world.   Katherine Collins, the founder and CEO of Honeybee Capital has started...Show More Summary

Honeybees are NOT native to North America

3 weeks agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

"If the honeybee is a victim of natural menaces like viruses and unnatural ones like pesticides, it's worth remembering that the bee itself is not a natural resident of the continent. It was imported to North America in the 17th century,...Show More Summary

Harsh Winter Wipes Out Honeybees In Iowa

Honeybees in Iowa did not survive the harsh winter that seems to be pushing its cold temperatures and snow into the spring. The weather conditions in the state prompted a “drastic” decrease in the honeybee population. The loss of record numbers of the little pollinators in recent years due to colony collapse disorder have beekeepers... Show More Summary

Baroo Of The Week™

….goes to HoneyBee! What say you, Submitter Mary F.? “She is a pekingese and we live in PA. My Bee is as sweet as clotted cream [Huh? -Ed.] -and her mission in life is to make new friends. Her fave thing to do is sun bathing, but she loves getting a cheeseburger after grooming! Thank […]

Honeybees Spreading Disease To Bumblee Population [Study]

It’s bad news for bumblebees. The two pathogens which are infecting honeybees and playing a role in Colony Collapse Disorder are now spreading to their insect cousins. A study published in the journal Nature revealed that disease spillover long assumed by scientists is now clearly present in the bumble population. Show More Summary

Fund This Open-Source Beehive Project And Help Stop The Beepocalypse

These intelligent, open-source beehives aim to rebuild honeybee populations and assist in documenting the mysterious conditions that are leading to their collapse. We've written before about the Open Source Beehives Project and its efforts to stave off the "beepocalypse," the spreading epidemic known more formally as colony collapse disorder. Show More Summary

Photo of the Day – March 10

From last night at the Barclays Center – Alexa of the Brooklynettes Alexa is also a former New Orleans Honeybee And Winner of the 2013 AKD Sports Model Search

PlanetVac at the IEEE Aerospace Conference

PlanetVac project leader Kris Zacny of Honeybee Robotics reports on presenting results of the Planetary Society project PlanetVac that created a prototype planetary dirt sampling system and tested it under Martian pressures.

Honeybees reveal that evolution is stranger than you ever realized

last monthGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Darwin's idea of natural selection is simple. Good mutations are passed on, because the animals who have them will survive to reproduce. But how do you pass on those good mutations in honeybee colonies, where most bees are sterile workers who never have babies? A group of researchers decided to find out. Read more...

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