Category Archives: Bees

Europe proposes full ban on ‘bee-harming pesticides’

The European Commission has proposed a ban on widely used insecticides from all fields across Europe under draft regulations, and cite them as having “high acute risks to bees”. The decision by Brussels, in documents seen by The Guardian, could … Continue reading

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Pesticides making bumblebees lose their buzz, says new report

Pesticides are causing bees to lose their buzz which vibrates the flower and shakes out the pollen, according to a new study. Stirling University researchers have said bees exposed to neonicotinoids fail to learn how to buzz properly and in … Continue reading

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Waggle Dance

The waggle dance” is a movement performed by a honeybee at the hive or nest, to indicate to other bees the direction and distance of a source of food. This little video breaks it down. How can honeybees communicate the … Continue reading

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UN report calls for global action to restore pollinators

A United Nations report on pollinator decline blame loss of habitat, climate change and farming changes, and calls for a range of measures including “bee highways” and tougher controls on new pesticides. Prepared by an international team of experts including … Continue reading

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An artist is painting 50,000 honey bees in magnificent murals all over the world

An American artist has undertaken an ambitious project to paint thousands of honeybees in a selection of murals at different destinations all around the world. The Good of The Hive is an artistic initiative set up by mural painter Matthew … Continue reading

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Asian Hornet Update

Following the finding of Asian hornets in Gloucestershire last week we have received a large number of suspect Asian hornet reports from members of the public and beekeepers which we are following up. Bee inspectors have now visited over 100 … Continue reading

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Do you know how honey is produced by the bees

If you don’t know how do bees produce honey until now after reading of this text you will know very well the whole process… The western, or European honeybee, pollinates three fourths of the fruits, veggies and nuts that we … Continue reading

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They’re here! Long-feared UK arrival of honeybee-killing Asian hornet confirmed

The first sighting of an invasive Asian hornet to the UK mainland has been confirmed, with experts warning of dire consequences for honeybees if the new species is not swiftly eradicated. The hornet, Vespa velutina, has been found in the … Continue reading

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Bees don’t slack on the job, even when they are ill

Scientists think the insects are ‘hardwired’ to search, no matter how they feel. Struggle to get into work when you feel under the weather? You should take inspiration from the hard-working honeybee and spring out of bed. New research has … Continue reading

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Honeybees know it’s going to rain, so work more before it starts

Honeybees know it’s going to rain, so work more before it starts Busy bees get busier if the next day looks rainy. This is according to Xu-Jiang He and colleagues at Jiangxi Agricultural University in Nanchang, China, who attached tiny … Continue reading

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African honey bees change lives and save elephants

The Elephants and Bees Project is an innovative study using an in-depth understanding of elephant behaviour to reduce damage from crop-raiding elephants using their instinctive avoidance of African honey bees. The project explores the use of novel Beehive Fences as … Continue reading

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700 Beehives Hang Off This Rocky Cliff to Boost Dwindling Bee Populations

700 Beehives hang off this rocky cliff to boost dwindling Bee populations The Shennongjia Nature Reserve in central China has an unusual approach to boost the country’s dwindling bee population: a sky-high, vertical apiary. Roughly 700 wooden beehives hang from … Continue reading

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What we can learn from the ancient Egyptian practice of beekeeping

“The god Re wept, and the tears from his eyes fell on the ground and turned into a bee. The bee made his honeycomb and busied himself with the flowers of every plant and so wax was made and also … Continue reading

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Honeybees’ buzzing can shed light on Queen’s fertility, study finds

The buzzing of bees can provide beekeepers with crucial information about the fertility of the queen in the hive, according to a new study which could play a key role in helping to preserve honeybee colonies. Research led by scientists … Continue reading

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Veterans in Beekeeping – In Honor of All Our War Veterans.

  Image: 1919 Pamphlet; Bee Keeping to the Disabled Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines to Aid Them in Choosing a Vocation During WW1 the Federal Government was concerned about disabled veterans finding work when they returned from the war. Because of … Continue reading

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Waggle Dance Detectives

It isn’t often that we have the pleasure of meeting and hearing a real expert. I attended a talk recently by Professor Ratniek of Sussex University. It was organised by local beekeepers. They all knew a thing or two. But … Continue reading

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Bee Friendly, say Charlton Manor pupils as they march to raise awareness

Up to 60 children from Charlton Manor primary school have marched to save the bees. The year six Bee Friendly march – organised by the school’s new campaigns group and supported by Friends of the Earth – took place on … Continue reading

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Bees found farming fungus for first time to feed larvae

Flowers are not enough, it seems. For the first time, bees have been discovered farming fungus to provide extra food for their larvae. Though farming is well known in many social insects, such as ants and termites, bees have always … Continue reading

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Argentine Ants Carry Virus Deadly to Honeybees

The Argentine ant, already known as one of the world’s most widespread and damaging pests, may be infecting honeybees with a deadly virus, a new study finds. Alexandra Sebastien, a biologist at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, analyzed … Continue reading

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Adopt modern techniques, local bee farmers urged

Ugandan bee farmers have been urged to seek advice from entomology officers in their districts to help them in the bee-keeping projects. Entomology involves the studying insects scientifically. The call was made by an agriculture ministry official during the launch … Continue reading

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Eco projects that don’t cost the earth

Syngenta Operation Pollinator Environmental Award Winner, Anthony Darker, hasn’t been resting on his laurels at Elsham Golf Club in Lincolnshire. He has continued to develop a whole range of eco projects that has served to further enhance the environmental value … Continue reading

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Bees: Friends of the Earth mounts legal challenge over govt pesticide decision

A Government decision to allow farmers to use ‘banned’ bee-harming pesticides in England, is being challenged at the High Court by Friends of the Earth. The environment charity notified the Government on Friday (21 August 2015) that it has applied … Continue reading

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Royal Mail bee stamps

We think these new Royal Mail bee stamps are brilliant! Since May 2014, the British Beekeepers Association (the organisation behind Friends of the Honey Bee) has been working with the Royal Mail to produce a new range of stamps featuring … Continue reading

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Quarry operator adds 100,000 bees to Derbyshire hills

Quarry operator adds 100,000 bees to Derbyshire hills One hundred thousand honey bees have been introduced at two Derbyshire quarries and biodiversity in surrounding areas improved, to support the nationwide campaign to grow Britain’s bee population. Hope Construction Materials, the … Continue reading

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Rare bee causes a buzz at reserve

Rare bee causes a buzz at reserve Visitors to Norfolk and Cambridgeshire can see Ruderal bumblebees on the reserve at WWT Welney Wetland Centre this summer – a species which is scarce in the UK. The bees are visiting the … Continue reading

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