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A closeup of a sweat bee, Halictus ligatus, that has collected pollen. Photo credit: United States Geological Survey

If you are a bee, how the New York Times sees you

As a journalist I have been a fan of the New York Times for a long time. As a beekeeper, I have another reason to like them. Joanna Klein’s interesting take this week on explaining the life of a bee breaks a few journalist conventions. One, of course, is writing in the second person. But […]

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The neighbour's ornamental plum tree is just starting to bloom, offering some nectar and pollen for our reviving bees.

On winter survival and making spring nucleus colonies

I love that proverb “In like a lion, out like a lamb“. It’s meant to signify the final taming of winter as we head into spring. Unfortunately around here, this last week has been something akin to “in like a lion, out like a lion cub.” Cold, blustery, and still swatting the bees around a […]

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A group of treated and control tagged honeybees at release time. Photo © Science/AAAS

Two new studies link systemic insecticides to declining bee health

Two scientific studies of the effect of neonicotinoid insecticides on honey bees and native bumblebees are adding more weight to the belief that these systemic chemicals are greatly responsible for the decline in worldwide bee health. Beekeepers who are already tuned in to the understanding that pesticide residues found in wax foundation affect hive health […]

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Is THAT a disease in my beehive?

Albert Einstein once said “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination … no more men!” No more men? There are times when women might wish for this when we’re picking up stinky socks, but I think […]

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