honey bees

Higher Temperatures Threaten Turkey’s Honeybees and Raw Honey Production

The beekeeping industry has been keeping an eye on the bee colony collapse dilemma, but that has mostly been associated with pesticides until very recently. Now, we are starting to see higher temperatures than normal starting to take a toll. Beekeepers in Turkey are the latest to report higher temperatures creating some rather challenging conditions…

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The Honeybee’s Circadian Rhythm

The behavior of every living creature is regulated by circadian clocks, even small insects like honeybees, and scientists with Germany’s University of Würzburg are looking closely at the molecular processes and anatomical structures of the honeybee’s circadian clock. The questions they have regarding these insects are boundless—how do honeybees know the right times to visit…

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Are Honeybees Attracted to the Chemicals Causing Them Harm?

Based on several recent experiments, there is a strong possibility that honeybees are drawn to the same chemicals that could mean their downfall, with the experiments themselves featuring bees that preferred water mixed with the chemicals and not just sugar. These findings, which were published recently in Scientific Reports, indicate that popular fungicides and herbicides…

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Azerbaijan, honey bees, beekeeping, Caucasian bees

Azerbaijan Out to Improve Honeybee Gene Pool

In Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan, which is a small country bordering Armenia, Iran, and the Caspian Sea, the country’s Agriculture Ministry, along with the help of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), hosted a seminar for a new project they’re implementing: “Improving living standards of rural population through increasing productivity in beekeeping.”…

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honey bees, gut bacteria, bee health

How Gut Bacteria Improves Honeybee Health

Honeybees are fortunately more than just a pollinating species with declining population numbers throughout the world. They are also some of the more fascinating insects—nay, animals in general—that can be found in nature today, with their eusocial behavior and their ability as fully-realized colonies to create legitimate superorganisms in the form of hives being among…

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hobbyist beekeeping, honey bees

Hobbyist Beekeepers Save Hives in Virginia

Recent weeks allowed several employees with Virginia’s transportation department to flex their beekeeping skills at work by saving approximately 120,000 honeybees in Amelia and Powhatan counties, allowing the bees to carry on and pollinate as they see fit. While removing dangerous, leaning trees within Powhatan County, a VDOT crew discovered a honeybee hive inside a…

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pesticides, neonics, honey bees, pollinators

Research Saying Properly Used Neonics Not Harmful

According researchers from the University of Guelph, their new studies have shown that three neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) that are used most for flowering crops, despite the growing controversy around them, pose no danger to honeybee populations when used properly for seed treatments. Considering there are governments around the world seeking to ban the manufacture, distribution,…

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Pollination, honey bees, blueberries

Honeybees Discover New Ways to Pollinate Blueberries

As the world’s most famous pollinator at this point, given all of their coverage following the arrival of colony collapse disorder, honeybees are known for their effectiveness and their crucial role in agriculture production. Interestingly, however, they are surprisingly ineffective when it comes to pollinating certain crops, such as tomatoes and blueberries, that other pollinators…

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