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Pollen Analysis – From Honey

Q: I am interested in matching pollen granules that my honeybees collect with the plant of origin. A: The best help I can find is from a professor at Texas A&M University in Austin. Although Austin is a bit warmer than Atlanta, I think flowering plants there are about the same as here. Here’s what […]

Neonicotinoid pesticides cause harm to honeybees

One possible cause of the alarming bee mortality we are witnessing is the use of the very active systemic insecticides called neonicotinoids. A previously unknown and harmful effect of neonicotinoids has been identified by researchers. Show More Summary

Mysterious "zombie bee" scourge reaches new state

3 days agoTechnology : Tech Talk

The so-called "zombie bee" parasite that is killing off honeybees has been confirmed in another part of the country

I Asked Leading Entomologists: 'What’s The Smartest Bug In The World?'

Honeybees returning to their apiary. (Photo: zlikovec/shutterstock.com) You kind of know, going into it, that scientists who have spent their lives studying animal behavior are not going to love being asked, “What is the smartest bug?” “It's...Show More Summary

Listen to secrets of a honeybee hive in Kew’s latest sculpture

An ingenious new installation at London’s Kew Gardens offers visitors a novel way to experience life inside the hive – and commune with nature

These honeybees invade foreign hives and live without males

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The Cape bee is a strange creature, and scientists are looking to its genome for answers.

How honeybees do without males

An isolated population of honeybees, the Cape bees, living in South Africa has evolved a strategy to reproduce without males. A research team has sequenced the entire genomes of a sample of Cape bees and compared them with other populations of honeybees to find out the genetic mechanisms behind their asexual reproduction.

Black Coffee: Gone Today, Here in Maui …

It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy a little joe … Actually, I’m on my way home this weekend. All in all, the Honeybee and I had a fun and relaxing week, but we’re both glad to be on our way home. Frankly, I really needed the break and I hope you all understand. […]

6 easy ways you can help save the bees

Busy as a bee is an accurate statement. According to the Xerces Society, a nonprofit organization working to protect bees, 75% of the world’s food crop depends on at least one pollinator, such as the honeybee. (California’s pollinator-dependent crop value is about $12 billion a year.) That’s a...

Honeybee Pollen Contains More Pesticides Than Scientists Expected

It's only natural that Honeybees get exposed from pesticides found in agricultural crops, especially those that live next to fields of these commercial produce. But, a Purdue University study recently published in the journal Nature Communications, has found that honeybee pollen contains a wider variety of pesticides that are also found from non-agricultural plants.

Honeybees pick up 'astonishing' number of pesticides via non-crop plants

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A Purdue University study shows that honeybees collect the vast majority of their pollen from plants other than crops, even in areas dominated by corn and soybeans, and that pollen is consistently contaminated with a host of agricultural and urban pesticides throughout the growing season. read more

Honeybees pick up 'astonishing' number of pesticides via non-crop plants

Honeybees collect the vast majority of their pollen from plants other than crops, even in areas dominated by corn and soybeans, and that pollen is consistently contaminated with a host of agricultural and urban pesticides throughout the growing season.

Unlike Ants, Urban Bees May Prefer a Natural Diet

last monthHumor / odd : mental_floss

Researchers found that even in the presence of spilled soda, city-dwelling honeybees opted for flower nectar.

Celebrating The Bees Behind Craft Beer

Rogue Ales is celebrating all 7,140,289 of their honeybees with the release of two new products, Honey Kolsch and Marionberry Braggot. Both are made with honey foraged from Rogue Farms spring nectar sources including marionberry, cherry, jalapeño, cucumber, pumpkins and wildflower blossoms. Show More Summary

Ms. Ladybug and Mr. Honeybee: A Love Story at the End of Time (Disney Animation Studios Take Note)

The orangutans knew, and the baboons knew, and the hummingbirds knew, and especially the honeybee knew, for they were the first to die... From the early days of destruction...The humans believed they were superior...Most of the humans chose not to try to understand the rest of the creatures on Earth. Show More Summary

7 Modest Wedding Gifts that I’m Still Enjoying 20 Years Later

This week the Honeybee and I will celebrate our 20th anniversary. All things considered, our wedding day was a very frugal affair — but that didn’t affect our celebration by any means. And while we were married in May, it turns out that June is the most popular month for weddings — which means there […]

Ransomware's Threat, New Planets and More: 5 Things We Learned This Week

From the decline of self-identified environmentalists to the drop in honeybee colonies, here are five things we learned in Tech & Science this week.  Ransomware's pernicious reach can affect anyone, and there is little to do once you're targeted by someone intent on extorting money in exchange for your own data. Show More Summary

Honeybees are welcome guests at these hotels

Pitching in to help save them from Colony Collapse Disorder is one reason for the free rooms, others are lot tastier

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