Category: Honey Bees

A Win for the Honeybees!

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Finally. There’s some good news for the little guy. In this instance, the little guy happens to be the lowly honeybee. A.k.a. The pollinators that are essential to crops around the world. The very pollinators that make it possible for us to have almonds in our cereal and melons at our cookouts. The die-off of […]

Honey Bees

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Colony Collapse Disorder. Honey Bee Decline. Imidacloprid. Pollinator Decline. Varroa destructors. Mites. Honey Bee Stress. Kim Flottum. Marla Spivak. John Bryden. These all refer to the overwhelming problems facing honey bees and other pollinators such as butterflies and humming birds. Studies indicate the loss of these essential creatures is accelerating due to a perfect storm of […]

Colony Collapse Due to Number of Factors

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A new study by John Bryden of Royal Holloway University of London and his colleagues supports the current theory that colony collapse is likely a result of a number of stressors. Scientific American Climate Change & Environment briefings reports this month that Bryden modeled stresses on bees. “The model accurately predicted the fate of 16 experimental colonies […]

Marla Spivak: Why Bees are Disappearing

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This TED Talk by Marla Spivak, bee researcher and professor of entomology, not only suggests reasons for the decline of bees, it also explains the reasons we need bees at all. In the process, it presents the role the 20,000 different species of bees play in pollination, as well as the way bee societies function. […]

Honey Bee Update

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The honey bee population has been in decline for several years. Some say it is due to the varroa mite. Others claim it is the result of pesticides. Still others cite the cause as stress on the immune system due to overuse of the bees. The decline in population is not just a US phenomenon. […]

Pollinator Decline

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This is worth a separate post! Boy Scout Christopher Stowell is working to bring back the Beekeeping Merit Badge. Right now he’s got an online petition Anything that helps keep the pollinator count up is a good thing. Please take the time to help him out.

Pollinator Research

Big News

Several months ago I wrote about the disappearing honey bee. Today CNN reports that a British consortium has committed up to $14.5 million in research grants to scientists investigating the disappearance of pollinators in Britain. (This is a worldwide problem and scientists are working to solve this mystery here in the US and in Europe, […]