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Accidental Discovery Could Save Bees From Their Greatest Threat

German scientists primarily based out of the University of Hohenheim have stumbled upon a simple solution that could deal a blow to honeybees' …

Puerto Rico's 'Gentle Killer Bees' Could Prevent the Bee Apocalypse

This new breed of bees is exactly what farmers need.<p>Through a series of events that seem more like the plot of a Marvel movie than real life, the …

Bees are in decline but backyard hives won’t save them

Some experts say the trend of backyard beekeeping could at best do little to save bees, and at worst leave certain species worse off<p>A sweet, waxy …

A game of drones: why some bees kill their queens

In a palace intrigue worthy of George R R Martin, a new study has shown that some bee workers are queenslayers who will rise up and kill their queen …

Unique Israeli research reveals why honeybees are dying

Fewer wildflower choices thwart bees’ natural inclination to choose a balanced diet and they suffer cognitively from lack of omega-3 acids.

Insects

BuzzBox sensor system listens to honey bees & alerts beekeeper of colony issues

<b>Beekeepers will soon be able to track the health of their colonies right from their smartphone.</b><p>The team behind Open Source Beehives is back with …

There's Now Very Strong Evidence We Really Are Killing Our Bees

No bees, no food.<p>Two industry-funded studies have finally provided sound evidence that vastly popular pesticides called neonicotinoids are horrible …

DIY Dipped Beeswax Candles Keeping Backyard Bees

by Jennifer Sartell of Iron Oak Farm<p>We’re fast approaching the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. With the lack of sunlight, Zach and I …

Candles

Beekeeper's wife with venom allergy praises life-saving immunotherapy treatment

A beekeeper’s wife, who faced losing her home and business after discovering she had a life-threatening allergy to bee stings, has been cured after five years of immunotherapy.<p>Lucy Zaichenko, 47, whose husband Viktor keeps around 150 million bees on their farm in Hook Norton, Oxfordshire, is now …

What to Do with a Queenless Hive Full of Drones and Honey

Guest post by Melissa Davenport<p>Our family began beekeeping April of this year, and we continue to learn about and be amazed by these tiny creatures. …

Drones

Everything You Need to Know About Keeping Bees and Producing Your Own Honey

Marina Marchese didn't plan to be a beekeeper; she was working in Manhattan in a design firm and commuting from her quaint cottage in Weston, Connecticut, with no bees on the brain. But a chance encounter with flavorful, raw honey straight from the hive made her fall in love with the sticky, sweet …

Why Honey Is Neither Bee Vomit Nor Bee Barf

Eric Mussen"Honey is bee vomit!"<p>"Honey is bee barf!"<p>How many times have you heard that?<p>Strong-willed arguments flash rapidly, pointedly and …

Honey Bee Extinction Will Change Life As We Know It

If bees disappear, so will all of life's modern luxuries.<p>For an animal most humans take care to avoid, the humble honey bee plays a colossal role in all our lives. But both domestic and wild honey bees are now disappearing at an alarming rate, and the ripple effect of their disappearance will touch …

Swarm of bees follows car for 2 days to rescue queen trapped in back

<b>Devotion knows no bounds when it comes to bees and their leader.</b><p>When Carol Howarth parked her Mitsubishi in the town of Haverfordwest, Wales, to do …

The Basics Of Requeening A Hive

Does the idea of requeening a hive scare you? Don’t let it. It is great for your hive and in turn, great for you as a beekeeper. If you are unsure …

Ecology

What is Bee Propolis? 10 Great Uses

Most people are familiar with the gorgeous yellow and amber colors typical of honeycomb and beeswax. But another bee-produced substance exists and it …

Beekeepers get honey out of honeycombs by slicing them with hot knives — and it looks incredible

After bees fill honeycombs with honey, they seal them with beeswax. Beekeepers often get the honey out by slicing the honeycombs with hot knives, uncapping it and letting the honey spill out.<p><i>Story by Jacob Shamsian and editing by Sydney Kramer.</i>

How to perform an artificial swarm

The Secret (And Miraculous) Honeybee ‘Medicine’ That Can Heal Almost Anything

Image source: lyranara.me<p>Most people are familiar with only two bee products: honey and beeswax. But there are three others, unbeknownst to many, …

How to Build a Bee Skep

For Charlie Kennard, it all started with an old engraving from the 1500’s: Pieter Brueghel’s “The Bee Keepers.” In it, bizarrely decked out …

Urban swarms: Why do honeybees swarm?

<b>There were bee swarms over the weekend - in central London and at a shopping centre car park in Bournemouth - but what causes bee swarms, especially in urban areas?</b><p>The sight of thousands of swarming bees heading in your direction, clumped on your car, a window or on top of a post box, can certainly …

Insects

The Health Benefits of Honey - Natural Health

Spring brings a picture-perfect day. You’re enjoying yourself on a well-deserved vacation. Then you fall, a victim of loose gravel. Your leg is a …

Scientists decode honeybee 'waggle dance'

Unique form of communication allowed researchers to map the distance and location where bees foraged from month to month<p>Honeybees fly much longer distances in the summer than in the spring and autumn to find good sources of food, a new study has found.<p>Researchers at Sussex University spent two …

How Honey Bees Turn Nectar Into Honey

Honey bees use their stores of energy-rich honey to get them through lean times, including winter. Worker bees gather nectar from flowers and convert …

Hornet-eating plant could save France’s honey bees

“Hornets from hell” arrived in France in a shipment of pottery from China in 2004 have caused havoc – but beekeepers have found unusual solution<p>Asian hornets that prey on bees have caused French honey production to plummet, but scientists may now have found the answer: a carnivorous plant able to …

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

DIY Providing Water for Bees Keeping Backyard Bees

Did you know bees get just as thirsty and exhausted by heat as you? If you keep bees or even if you just want to be a good neighbor or a thankful …

Insects

These Beautiful Photos Highlight the Incredible Diversity of Bees

It’s safe to say natural history photographer Clay Bolt is obsessed with North American bees. What began with a few photos in his backyard in South …

Royal Jelly Isn't What Makes a Queen Bee a Queen Bee

For decades, scientists thought an excess of something special, a substance called royal jelly, elevated a regular honey bee larva to a queen. New …

The beekeeper keeping Britain's honey industry abuzz

Manuka honey may be all the rage - but what about honey that tastes of the English countryside? Carolyn Hart travels to Salisbury Plain to find out<p>In much the same way that Sizewell beach in <b>Suffolk</b> owes its rich diversity of maritime plants and seabirds in part to restricted access around the …