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A Layoff Story: The Ant, the Grasshopper, and the Honeybee

One of my favorite fables attributed to Aesop is The Ant and the Grasshopper.You know the story; the grasshopper spends all summer long partying it up like a rock star while the ant prepares for the coming winter by building a shelter and storing food for the winter. Of course, winter eventually arrives and the […]

Nesting aids make agricultural fields attractive for bees

Wild bees are important pollinators of many crop plants – sometimes they are even more efficient than honeybees. Their numbers can be increased sustainably using simple means as a recent study has found.

How capitalism averted the bee-pocalypse

"there are more honeybee colonies in the country today than in nearly 25 years." The post How capitalism averted the bee-pocalypse appeared first on Hot Air.

State plan to protect honeybees goes into effect

State officials have finalized a pesticide-management plan meant to protect honeybees and other pollinators from further population declines. The Roanoke Times reports the voluntary plan mainly encourages beekeepers and pesticide … Click to Continue »

Globalism & Pesticides Are Behind Massive Honeybee Die-Off, Bayer Study Confirms

Authored by Michael Hart and StockBoardAsset via StockBoardAsset.com, Despite Big Agriculture claiming for years that their pesticides only kill pests, a report published in late June in the Journal Science proved what many people have...Show More Summary

Bees in the Basswood

The large basswood tree on our Littleton farm is now full of fragrant, yellow flowers, attracting hordes of honeybees. Also known as lindens or lime trees, these trees are represented by at least thirty species across North America and...Show More Summary

Climate change threatens domestic bee species

There are around 550 different bee species in Germany. Most of them are solitary bees. They don't live in large beehives like the honeybee, but each female bee often builds multiple nests and feeds her offspring alone. Solitary beesShow More Summary

Seeing the colored light: Bee brains open way for better cameras

New research into the way that honeybees see colour could pave the way for more accurate cameras in phones, drones and robots.

Insect venom shortage stings allergy sufferers this summer

Allergists are warning of a shortage of a little-known product — honeybee, hornet and wasp venom extracts used in shots that prevent life-threatening reactions. Continue reading ? The post Insect venom shortage stings allergy sufferers this summer appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Honeybee crisis linked to common pesticide

3 weeks agoTechnology : Tech Talk

The results from the largest field study yet are in

Systemic Insecticide – Effect on Pollinators in Crapemyrtle

Q: Will honeybees be affected if I apply a systemic insecticide to my crapemyrtle to control aphids?  A: Crapemyrtle flowers don’t contain nectar, so the effect on bees is minimal. However, other pollinators visit crapemyrtle flowers to feed on pollen. Native bees and other beneficial insects use the pollen to feed their offspring. Although it […]

First pan-European field study shows neonicotinoid pesticides harm honeybees and wild bees

Researchers from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) publish results of a large-scale, field-realistic experiment to assess neonicotinoid impacts on honeybees and wild bees across Europe, in the peer-review journal Science on 29 June 2017.

Field tests show how pesticides can wreak havoc on honeybees

Humans are big fans of bees. But bees probably aren't big fans of humans - at least, not of our agricultural practices.

Field tests show how pesticides can wreak havoc on honeybees

In two of the first large-scale, field-realistic studies to date, researchers have affirmed that prolonged exposure to neonicotinoids negatively affects bees.

Strongest evidence yet that neonicotinoids are killing bees

Studies in Europe and Canada show that controversial neonicotinoid insecticides have adverse effects on reproduction of honeybees and wild bees

Exposure to neonics results in early death for honeybee workers and queens, York U study

(York University) Worker and queen honeybees exposed to field realistic levels of neonicotinoids die sooner, reducing the health of the entire colony, a new study led by York University biologists has found. The researchers were also...Show More Summary

Insect Venom Shortage Stings Allergy Sufferers This Summer

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

As summer begins, signaling peak time for insect stings, allergists across the U.S. are warning of a shortage of a little-known but crucial product — honeybee, hornet and wasp venom extracts used in s...

Precision Ag Bytes 6/22

A are report from the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) has been released.  “Land Use, Land Cover, and Pollinator Health: A Review and Trend Analysis” offers insights into honeybee and pollinator health in the U.S. Abbey Nickel,...Show More Summary

Honeybees are in trouble. Here's how you can help

last monthNews : USAToday: News

Last year, a third of the nation's honeybee colonies disappeared, which is low considering the bigger die-offs of the last decade.        

Simulated honeybees can use simple brain circuits for complex learning

Honeybees may not need key brain structures known as mushroom bodies in order to learn complex associations between odors and rewards, according to new research published in PLOS Computational Biology.

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