I’ve just moved house and it was the most hideous move I’ve ever undertaken. I’ve yet to shift the bees, chickens and horses but I thought I’d just recover from my own move with the family and then attend to them. Now settled in and ready to again it is with pleasure that I [...]
Most people who know anything about bees will realise that the sense of smell must be a large part of a honey bee’s life. Now, a new study of honeybees, scientists at UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute have discovered that the bee brain has an advanced ability to isolate specific odours and [...]
An exercise in bee logistics
This mathematical puzzle has vexed academics and travelling salesmen alike, but it doesn’t worry bumblebees. New research from Queen Mary, University of London’s School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, reveals how bumblebees effectively plan their route between the most rewarding flowers while travelling the [...]
There has been much talk recently about pesticides being a cause of CCD and other bee problems, especially in the commercial beekeeping environment, but do the supposed facts stack up?
Can in fact the honey bee Tolerate some synthetic pesticides and if so, how? It seems that [...]
New research shows that infection by Nosema ceranae results in higher mortality among honeybees when they are exposed to low doses of insecticides.
This is a recent finding by researchers at the Microorganisms: Genome and Environment Laboratory (Laboratoire Microorganismes: Génome et Environnement (LMGE, CNRS/Université Blaise [...]
New insights into honeybee society caste system
There is always some new to learn about exactly how and why bees become either queens or workers and in this study, scientists are reporting deep new insights into whys and hows of the famous caste system that dominates honey bee [...]
Apis UK has been reporting on the increasingly global issue of bee deaths/CCD for many months. The problem was summed up recently in a UN report on the matter and it is well worth reading.
Mass deaths of bee colonies in many parts of the world may be part [...]
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An outbreak of Nosema ceranae has been confirmed in Scotland for the first time.
Three samples of bees sent to experts at Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) for analysis have tested positive for Nosema ceranae. Related to Nosema apis, which is is linked to spring [...]
As urban beekeeping starts to take off around the world, even the high flyers of the financial world are doing their bit. London Stock Exchange has just housed thousands bees this month, by introducing bees to its rooftop in the City.
Europe’s largest stock exchange, [...]
Fruits and vegetables that provide the highest levels of vitamins and minerals to the human diet globally depend heavily on bees and other pollinating animals, according to a new study published in the international online journal PLoS ONE.
The new study was carried out by [...]
This piece from Pliny the Elder has an interesting take on the origin of honey and offers some startling advice on how to revive dead bees!!
They belong to neither the wild or domesticated class of animals. Of all insects, bees alone were created for the sake of man. They collect honey, make wax, build [...]
I hardly dare call this the recipe of the month as it comes from a note in a tear off bit of the Daily Telegraph for 7th September 201 that Ifound on a train seat. If anyone can enlighten me as to the full story, I would be most grateful. The article appears to [...]
“The slight regard at this time paid to the medicinal virtues of honey is an instance of neglect men shew to common objects, whatever their value; acting in contempt, as it were of the immediate hand of providence, which has in general made those things most frequent, which have the greatest uses…”
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