Category: honeybees

‘Like sending bees to war’: the deadly truth behind your almond milk obsession:

Bees are essential to the functioning of America’s titanic almond industry – and billions are dying in the process.

Advice from a Honey Bee 😊🐝🐝🐝

Giant wild honeycomb covered in honeybees.

Every honeybee has a job to do. Some are nurses who take care of the brood; some are janitors who clean the hive; others are foragers who gather pollen to make honey. Collectively, honeybees are able to achieve an incredible level of sophistication, especially considering their brains are only the size of sesame seeds. But how are these jobs divvied up, and where do bees learn the skills to execute them? 

Bee Motel 😊 

Honeybee Pie 😊 🐝🐝🐝 

How clean is your city? Just ask the bees:

Urban pollutants are a health concern in growing cities. Scientists are turning to honey bees to help monitor contaminants in soil, water, air and plants. 

Bees? In MY leaves?

It’s more likely than you think!

.

I went outside this morning to enjoy the weather and noticed a strange buzzing coming from the leaves on either side of the yard. I went to investigate to find that there were honey bees flying in and out of the leaves all over the place! It turns out that they were diving in to the leaves in search of clean water, as the water out by the hives had dried up. I’m not sure how, as it rained very heavy just a few days ago, but I guess these gals are thirsty!

This is honestly the first time I’ve heard of this, but it sorta makes a bit of sense I guess considering that some beekeepers spend lots of money to have queens that are bred with certain traits.

Though your typical usual run-of-the-mill swarm off a tree doesnt have a great probability of having one of that particular beekeeper’s queens in it. I guess if he can confirm that it’s his queen (many beekeepers mark their queens with a dot of nontoxic permanent paint to find them easier and remember how old they are) then I’d understand him wanting it back. Otherwise I say he’s just being mean and taking an obviously strong queen from another keeper of the bees.

If someone comes up to a swarm you’re picking up and says that those are their bees, you can rest assured that they are prooooobably just trying to get some easy bees off of you. (Unless you live very close to a large-scale apiary. They send to have massive swarming seasons when they aren’t properly managed, even otherwise they send out maaaaany swarms that they will often want to round up and bring back home asap.)

People really want those bees!!

The amazing world of bees.