Rebecca Southards

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The Lessons of Bees

On National Honey Bee Day, let's give props to our pollinators and, maybe, learn how to be better humans.<p><i>by guest blogger Jeff Csatari,</i> <i>executive editor of</i> Men's Health <i>and</i> Women's Health <i>books</i><p>Once upon a time...I was a bee.<p>During the summer before my senior year of high school, I pollinated apricot …

Nature notes: bees that refuse to pass on pollen

A rise of pollen thieves in bee colonies deprive plants of pollination<p>Bees have been found to cheat nature's system by stealing pollen without pollinating plants in return.<p>Flowers rely on pollinators such as bees for fertilisation to trigger fruit and seed production.<p>However, a study from the …

Bee-lieve it or not: People liked honey back in the Stone Age

Murals from ancient Egypt depicting bees and honey amid scenes of everyday life some 4,400 years ago provide early evidence of people using beehive products. But humans have been using the stuff far longer than that.<p>Scientists said last week that they have found evidence of beeswax in pottery made …

Bees Love Getting High on Caffeine

It’s fun for a few hours, but bad for the hive.<p>Every so often, the pun gods smile down upon us mortals, and they deliver a set of circumstances so perfect, so tailor-made for cheesy wordplay, that to not take advantage would be like slapping the universe in the face. Like, for example, a study …

Everything you need to know about red mason bees

The red mason bee (Osmia bicornis), an endangered native solitary bee found in lowland England and Wales, is a tremendous pollinator, calculated to be between 120 and 200 times more efficient than the honey bee. Like many solitary bees, it doesn’t have any pollen sacs, so most of the sticky pollen …

10 Ways You Can Help Save the Bees

Bees are disappearing at an alarming rate. This is how you stop it.<p>By<p>Shutterstock<p>10 Ways You Can Help Save the Bees<p><b>Bees</b> are disappearing rapidly. And …

Honey bees use sophisticated signals to warn nestmates of danger level from predators

A honey bee species found in parts of India, China and Japan, use sophisticated signals to warn their nestmates about the level of danger from …

Bees

Buzzing of bees could reveal health of the hive

Researchers have found they can detect subtle changes in the vibrations honey bees use to communicate with each other that indicate how healthy the insects are.<p>Dr Martin Bencsik, a physicist at Nottingham Trent University, is now developing a device that can automatically detect the signs of …

We are only beginning to understand the recent, mysterious honey bee die offs

Honey bees are arguably our most important commercially available pollinator. They are responsible for pollinating numerous food plants that make our diets more exciting and nutritious, including many fruits, vegetables, and nuts.<p>Beekeepers expect some of their bees to die off from season to …

Insects

Saving Bees With The Internet Of Things

More and more people are citing a sobering prediction Einstein once made in a French apiculture magazine: “If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would have only four years left to live” (<i>Abeilles et Fleurs</i>, June 1965).<p>While the question of whether that’s actually true is a matter of …

Neonicotinoids - Why Are Bees Dying

It has been several years since I heard about the bee colony collapse disorder. It has also been many years since I also heard the name …

The 5 steps you can take to help look after our bees

Gardeners are being urged to take simple steps such as cutting the grass less often and growing more nectar-rich flowers as part of efforts to help …

Ecology

15 LIFEHACKS FOR BEEKEEPERS

It’s Sara writing again! Recently, on Facebook, I saw a post about lifehacks, and it got me wondering: Why I haven’t seen more beekeeping hacks? I …

Do bees have regional accents? Cardiff University launches scheme to find out

A British summer garden is not complete without the gentle sound of bees, buzzing among the flowers.<p>But up and down the country the insects may be humming a different tune. Scientists at the University of Cardiff are keen to discover if bees have accents, buzzing at a higher or lower pitch …

Bees Rank Pollen by Taste

The discerning insects returned to flowers with sweetened pollen, but avoided revisiting flowers with bitter pollen. Christopher Intagliata reports.

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