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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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FDA Now Requires Honeybee Hives Be Treated by Vets

By January 2017, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will begin requiring beekeepers who need antibiotics to treat their hives—which can be up to thousands—to have them treated by a veterinarian, rather than beekeepers simply buying antibiotics over the counter. “Beekeepers are going to need a veterinarian now,” said Don Hoenig, a former Maine veterinarian.…

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New Zealand Beekeeping Firm: 100 Years Old

Murray Bush, a Marlborough, New Zealand beekeeper, says beekeepers are like all other farmers—cattle, pigs, sheep, etc.—though beekeepers don’t require fencing in order to keep stock in, offering a unique enterprise with an equally unique “farm” animal. “At the end of the day, like any farmer, we need healthy stock to control pests and diseases…And…

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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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Bumblebees’ Secret to Pollination

When it comes to pollination, plants typically lure pollinators like bees using sweet, sugary nectar and high protein pollen that the plants need to spread to other plants of the same breed. This source of pollination prevents us from having to pollinate plants ourselves by manually performing asexual reproduction. Usually, a plant’s male anther, where pollen…

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Yellow Jackets vs. Honeybees

When it comes to those who harbor misgivings about honeybees, they often hold grudges due to times when they were stung by aggressive, little flying black-and-yellow insects, who are more often than not lumped under the catchall category of “bees.” However, what many don’t understand is these “bees” may not be bees at all—more specifically,…