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“Best Bees” Delivery Service Wants to Save Bees

Best Bees aims for a social purpose that encourages saving honeybee populations. Approximately half of the U.S.’s bee colonies were lost in 2015 and 2016. Millions of hives are collapsing, with many suspecting the cause to be related to colony collapse disorder, the phenomena where a colony’s worker bees suddenly vanish, severely crippling or even…

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Honeybee Guards are Fearless and Merciless

Honeybees are known to nearly everyone for collecting honey and providing pollination for crops, and according to the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF), “approximately one third of all the food Americans eat is directly or indirectly derived from honeybee pollination.” The inhabitants of honeybee hives are divided into three different groups: worker bees, male drones and…

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Pesticides Within Colonies Tied to Honeybee Deaths

As many have likely heard at least once, honeybee colonies in the U.S. have been collapsing at growing rates over the last decade, and pesticides are suspected to be a major culprit of these colony collapses. This includes fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides. Many scientific studies have looked at these pesticides separately rather than investigating the…

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Flowers Crucial Link Between Bacteria and Wild Bees

The honeybee’s cousins are gaining more attention this week due to new research from the University of California Riverside. Wild bee species are quickly becoming more important to the pollination and honey-making process due to the growing increase in colony collapse disorder (CCD), which is negatively affecting millions of honeybees all over the world. Bearing…

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Pesticides Hurting Queen Bees’ Egg-Laying Ability

If beekeepers are looking to have healthier colonies this year and many more to come, a new study out of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln suggests they put pesticides down—or at least the highly popular classes of nicotine-based pesticides that hold great similarities to neonicotinoid pesticides, which have largely come under scrutiny in recent years. According to this…

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Ban on Pesticides: Minnesota on the Bandwagon

The debate regarding pesticides and their effects on honeybees and other pollinating species has been ongoing for several years, with some companies phasing out pesticides, specifically neonicotinoids, known to cause harm to honeybees as well as hurting their ability to navigate outside the hive. Some US states like Maryland have actually started setting limits on…

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New Study on Pesticides Countering Claims

Many stories have been published regarding the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides and how they negatively impact honeybees and other pollinators. So far have studies and stories gone that some companies and state governments are phasing out these pesticides and regulating how much they can be used, respectively. However, a recent study offers the counter claim…

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‘Bee-Friendly’ Pesticides May Be Hurting Them

There have been many efforts on the part of researchers to find ways of helping honeybees fight off diseases, pathogens, and parasites like the elusive varroa mite. Some of those efforts include designing pesticides that combat the effects of these factors without harming the bees themselves—something especially crucial these days considering the deadly effects neonicotinoid pesticides…

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Managing Nosema Parasites in Honeybee Colonies

Whether it’s bats, butterflies, birds, or honeybees, pollinators are largely in decline. Honeybees have been studied especially in this regard because the number of factors contributing to collapsed colonies cannot be nailed down by researchers or beekeepers. In the Journal of Economy Entomology, one paper recently focused on just one of these known factors:  the…

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Pesticides Harming Honeybee Fertility

It’s been well reported that honeybee populations are declining not only in the United States but also around the globe, with the suspected reasons including pathogens, malnutrition, loss of habitat, and, of course, pesticides (or more specifically neonicotinoid pesticides). While it’s been heavily suspected that pesticides are a contributing factor to colony collapse disorder (CCD)…

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MD Coalition Critical of State Pollinator Plan

In recent months, there have been legislative efforts in various US states to place restrictions on pesticides (specifically neonicotinoids) that are believed by some experts to be harmful to honeybees and other pollinators. Maryland in particular has led the charge by its General Assembly passing the first statewide consumer restriction on neonicotinoids earlier this year,…

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