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Hair spacing keeps honeybees clean during pollination: Researchers quantify the cleaning process

With honeybee colony health wavering and researchers trying to find technological ways of pollinating plants in the future, a new Georgia Tech study has looked at how the insects do their job and manage to stay clean.

Hair spacing keeps honeybees clean during pollination

(Georgia Institute of Technology) A honeybee can carry up to 30 percent of its body weight in pollen because of the strategic spacing of its nearly three million hairs. The gap between each eye hair is approximately the same size as a grain of dandelion pollen, which is typically collected by bees. Show More Summary

Hibernating Animals Wake Up to Post-Trump World

4 days agoLifestyle / Fashion : The Cut

“The first thing honeybees do is take flight and defecate all over the place.”

The Honeybee Helps Me Review Blue Apron’s Home Delivery Meal Service

This is a product review for Blue Apron. Product Overview: Blue Apron is a fresh ingredient and recipe delivery service designed to help home chefs of all skill levels cook creative and tasty meals at home. Each week, Blue Apron does the menu planning and shopping, working closely with suppliers and farmers who set the […]

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the honeybee teach a designer?

What exactly is biomimicry? I think of it as a way of unlocking a whole world of super-powers for humanity. It is literally the next stage of human evolution. Leonardo DaVinci himself said, "Those who are inspired by a model other than...Show More Summary

Beekeeping 101: Quick Guide To Starting A Hive

Beekeeping is perhaps now more important than ever. Colony Collapse Disorder has destroyed more than 30 percent of the honeybee population since 2005. The causes of the drastic population drop are still hotly debated, but the need to preserve the essential pollinators is something anyone who enjoys eating food every day, typically agrees upon. Show More Summary

State finds Kauai's bee population buzzing and booming

State officials say Kauai's honeybee population is strong and healthy. The Garden Island reports (http://bit.ly/2nh24qW ) the Hawaii Board of Agriculture has declared the island's bee population strong after studying … Click to Continue »

Amid a Nationwide Crisis, Miami's Honeybees Are On the Ups

Despite a lot of doom and gloom surrounding honeybees, Florida's population of the little buzzers is actually on the ups. Local horticulturist and entomologist Adrian Hunsberger says we need to take care of ALL pollinators, and offers tips on how.

Antibiotics Raise Mortality Risk for Honeybees, Study Finds

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Scientists say the drugs routinely administered by beekeepers could be “an underappreciated factor in colony collapse.”

Apricots in Bloom

The apricot trees on out Littleton farm are in bloom this week, attracting large numbers of honeybees. Among the earliest fruit trees to bloom in the spring, they rarely produce fruit on our property since heavy frosts and sub-freezing nights are common here in March and April. Show More Summary

Links: Honeybees, Happy Dogs, & Diversity

It’s Wednesday! If you’re in the Northeast, I hope you all made it through the lovely little blizzard we had yesterday. If you’re not, I still hope you made it through Tuesday like a champ! … Cheerios is giving away wildflower seeds to help #BringBacktheBees! To receive your packet of seeds, just fill out this form. Show More Summary

Overuse of antibiotics brings risks for bees—and for us

Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin have found that honeybees treated with a common antibiotic were half as likely to survive the week after treatment compared with a group of untreated bees, a finding that may have health implications for bees and people alike.

Why Honeybees Don't Have A Chance In The Midst Of Pesticides

I keep writing about honeybees because in my long experience at the US Environmental Protection Agency, nothing affected me more than my discovery that the plight of the honeybees has been a result of industry malfeasance and corruption managed by the EPA. Show More Summary

To save the world's flora, Japanese researchers have designed a tiny drone that can pollinate flowers

A team of Japanese researchers have succeeded in using a pocket-sized drone to pollinate a flower, taking the first steps towards creating a safety net for the world’s flora as honeybees continue to die at an alarming rate. The artificial...Show More Summary

Over 700 North American bee species are heading towards extinction

Life without honeybees would be less than sweet - it'd mean a lot fewer fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. But honeybees aren't the only bees we need to worry about. The future of many Native North American and Hawaiian bee species...Show More Summary

Rise Of The Robot Bees: Tiny Drones Turned Into Artificial Pollinators

Honeybees are a critical part of agriculture, pollinating many of our favorite crops. But bee deaths are on the rise. In Japan, scientists are testing whether insect-sized drones can help do the job.

Summer’s scorching sting kills bees, tests their keepers

4 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

This summer’s extreme heat has killed honeybees, melted wax in their hives and caused colonies to collapse into a gooey mess. After a rain-sodden spring almost exhausted hives of their stored honey, scorching temperatures wiped out commercial hives. Show More Summary

Sunshiny sedum and oh deer

last monthHobbies / Gardening : Digging

The late-winter garden cut-back continues, but spring has sprung as far as pretty Palmer’s sedum is concerned. Honeybees have been busy among the flowers, although I managed to miss them in this closeup. While working in the lower garden, I heard a rustling in the greenbelt just behind the fence. Show More Summary

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