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  • Nature's dying migrant worker

    06/29/2014 2:34:16 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 37 replies
    StarTrib ^ | 6/29/2024 | Josephine Marcotty
    SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. | First in an occasional series On a cool January day in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Steve Ellis culled his sick bees. The only sounds were their steady buzz and the chuffing of the smoker he used to keep them calm as he opened the hives, one by one, to see how many had survived. The painful chore has become an annual ritual for Ellis, and, hardened now like a medic on the front lines, he crowned another box with a big rock to mark it. “This one is G.A.D.,” he said. “Good...
  • Obama gives order to protect bees and bats

    06/21/2014 5:01:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 20, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama is hoping his latest executive action will create lots of buzz. Obama signed a presidential memorandum on Friday ordering the federal government to develop a plan for protecting pollinators such as honey bees, butterflies, birds and bats in response to mounting concerns about the impact of dwindling populations on American crops. "The problem is serious and requires immediate attention to ensure the sustainability of our food production systems, avoid additional economic impact on the agricultural sector, and protect the health of the environment," Obama said in the memo, which was sent to Cabinet secretaries and agency heads. According...
  • White House Unveils Bee Plan, Creates Strategy To Restore Pollinator Populations (Huh?)

    06/20/2014 8:44:46 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 39 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | June 20, 2014 23:10 GMT | Justin Streight
    The White House is finally addressing a serious, and misunderstood, problem with a new “bee plan.” The bee plan is a federal strategy to stop the sharp decline of pollinators, most notably bees, and restore pollinator populations to their previous buzzing glory. Can the White House end a problem that has alluded scientists and policy makers for over a decade? The bee plan is focused on habitats… and bureaucracy. The first step of the plan is form a task force. The group will include representatives from 14 major federal departments (click here for the full list).
  • Bee-saving effort unveiled by White House

    06/20/2014 12:06:34 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 27 replies
    Desert Sun ^ | 6-20-2014 | Raju Chebium
    The White House on Friday announced a new effort to save honeybees, birds, bats, insects and other pollinator species that are critical for the nation's fruit, nut and vegetable growers but are dwindling rapidly. California's $4.8 billion almond industry — the world's biggest — is especially imperiled because the crops are exclusively pollinated by honeybees, which have experienced dramatic declines over the past 60 years, the White House said. Habitat loss, mite infestations, the loss of genetic diversity and increased exposure to pesticides are some of the reasons why there are only 2.5 million beehives in the U.S. today compared...
  • Woman, 91, Hospitalized After Bee Attack in Plantation

    06/07/2014 4:24:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    A 91-year-old woman was hospitalized after she was stung more than 100 times in a bee attack in Plantation Tuesday, officials said. Firefighters responded to the woman's home at 1420 Campanelli Drive West around 7 p.m., officials said. The woman was stung more than 100 times and was transported to Westside Regional Hospital, Plantation Fire Rescue officials said. Firefighters sprayed foam on the bee hive to kill the bees, officials said.
  • Sting bomb: When millions of bees are unleashed

    05/22/2014 4:14:09 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 26 replies
    Philly.com ^ | May 22, 2014 | Jason Nark
    NEWARK, Del. - A lone honeybee, its wings wet and its mind likely muddled, crawled across a porch on Old Cooches Bridge Road yesterday, a seemingly safe haven amid the bee-pocalyspe all around. Just 100 yards away, across the busy lanes of Interstate 95 near the University of Delaware, the scene along a northbound on-ramp resembled a tiny battlefield after a major conflict. Bees clung to a gnarled guardrail, barely moving, while others tried to fly between the raindrops, in and out of the many smashed, wooden hives spilled all over the small strip of grass. A traffic sign warned...
  • Honeybees abandoning hives and dying due to insecticide use, research finds

    05/11/2014 7:05:56 AM PDT · by Renfield · 37 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 5-9-2014 | Damian Carrington
    The mysterious vanishing of honeybees from hives can be directly linked to insectcide use, according to new research from Harvard University. The scientists showed that exposure to two neonicotinoids, the world's most widely used class of insecticide, lead to half the colonies studied dying, while none of the untreated colonies saw their bees disappear. "We demonstrated that neonicotinoids are highly likely to be responsible for triggering 'colony collapse disorder' in honeybee hives that were healthy prior to the arrival of winter," said Chensheng Lu, an expert on environmental exposure biology at Harvard School of Public Health and who led the...
  • Beekeeper on harsh winter: 'It's a 100% loss for me'

    04/17/2014 10:38:54 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 77 replies
    HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A local beekeeper who lost all of his honeybees this winter and he says it's happening across the state. Anyone can look at Don Lam's beehive and see piles of dead honeybees. However, for Lam, each hive also tells the story of a struggle to survive. "They vibrate their wing muscles and that vibration is similar to shivering," says Lam, a beekeeper in Holland. It was a fight that his nearly half a million honeybees lost to a long, harsh winter. "They had eaten there way all the way to the top, had run out of...
  • Perils of Commercial Beekeeping

    04/05/2014 10:24:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    One of America’s earliest food crops – almonds – is also one of the most important for commercial beekeepers. Almonds depend on bees for pollination, but the explosive growth of this bumper crop taxes the very honeybees the industry needs to thrive. California’s Central Valley produces over 80% of the world’s almonds, valued at over $4 billion in 2012. The boom is poised to continue, with new food products and expanding overseas markets increasing demand to the point that no young almond trees are available for purchase until 2016. Demand for almonds translates into demand for pollination. So every year...
  • Pollinating with Politics: If it’s time to plant the garden it must be Spring, right?

    04/04/2014 8:21:29 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 3-4-2014 | MOTUS
    Another day, another opportunity for political propaganda. Today it’s all about the bees.White House Bees to be precise Washington, DC -  A new pollinator garden, a new pawpaw tree, and oat seeds for her South Lawn plot:  First Lady Michelle Obama had a series of  historic firsts and sunny weather on Wednesday afternoon as she welcomed an excited crowd of local school children and members of FoodCorps to the sixth annual Spring planting of her White House Kitchen Garden. Clad in black jeans, a grey t-shirt, a billowy steel-grey anorak and black leather tennis shoes, Mrs. Obama was ebullient as...
  • Honey Bees

    02/08/2014 5:04:27 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 37 replies
    08 Feb 2014 | US Navy Vet
    Well to day I ordered 2 3 lb PKGS of (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carniolan_honey_bee). This will be my first go with this type of Honey Bee(in the past I have kept Italian Honey Bees(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_bee). Wish me luck!
  • Zombie Bees Invade Eastern U.S.

    01/31/2014 2:54:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Sci-Tech Today ^ | January 29, 2014 1:10PM | Beth Garbitelli
    Amid other environmental scourges, such as cold weather and viruses, Vermont beekeepers are seeing an influx of zombie bees. A fly called Apocephalus borealis attaches itself to the bee and injects its eggs, which grow inside the bee, causing neurological damage and erratic, jerky movement and night activity, "like a zombie."Vermont beekeepers face mite infestations, extreme temperature swings and the possibility of colony collapse. Last fall, a new threat Relevant Products/Services emerged: zombie bees. Beekeeper Anthony Cantrell of Burlington discovered zombie bees in his hive in October, the first time they'd been found in the eastern United States.
  • Another Environmental Lie Exposed: Bees are Thriving

    01/31/2014 7:03:22 AM PST · by rktman · 47 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 1/30/2014 | Alan Caruba
    I cannot say it strong enough. Do not believe the lies that environmental groups, particularly those that receive millions from liberal foundations and from members who never question the “science” they claim to justify massive scare campaigns. One such organization is Friends of the Earth (FOE) and its latest claim is that bees are dying all over the world as the result of the use of pesticides in agriculture and by people protecting their gardens. It is a lie. The attack on the use of pesticides began in 1962 with the publication of Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” that claimed that...
  • Bees can’t sniff out flowers because of CARS: Diesel fumes change the odor of blooms…

    10/03/2013 2:35:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 09:38 EST, 3 October 2013 | Sarah Griffiths
    Diesel pollution makes it harder for honeybees to find flowers by changing the chemical make-up of their scent, scientists have found. Honeybees use floral odors to find flowers that will give the best yields of pollen and nectar, but diesel fumes can affect their ability to locate and recognize the plants, potentially affecting pollination and ultimately global food security. British researchers took eight chemicals found in the odor of oilseed rape flowers and mixed them both with clean air, which had no impact on the scent, and air containing diesel fumes. When mixed with diesel fumes, six of the eight...
  • Giant Deadly Hornets Kill Dozens In China; Venom Dissolves Flesh and they Can Spray It

    09/30/2013 10:18:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 30, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    I have received hundreds of emails regarding my post Attack of the "Digger Bees". Many suggested getting an EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injector? for Liz and we will do that. Many pointed out that "digger bees" are not bees but rather wasps. That is something I knew but did not mention in my post. I responded to some individuals that I like bees, and even have a "humble bumble" home for bumblebees, and I put out nests for mason bees. With that backdrop, some of you may be interested in Giant Deadly Hornets Kill Dozens And Injure Hundreds In China. Deadly hornets...
  • Endangered: EPA finally comes to defense of honey bees

    08/26/2013 8:59:51 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    Under pressure from Congress and the honey industry, the EPA is ordering an immediate reduction in the use of widely used pesticides, an admission that bug killers approved by the agency are partly responsible for the disappearance of honey bees. The Environmental Protection Agency is changing the labeling on pesticides to reduce their use in fields when bees are present, the first significant concession provided to the honey industry which has reported bee kills of over 50 percent among some commercial beekeepers. It comes too late for many honey bees that pollinated blueberries, nuts and fruit trees earlier this year,...
  • 100,000 Bees Removed From Cypress Family's Tree

    08/03/2013 9:29:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    KHOU ^ | August 2, 2013 | Sherry Williams
    A bee removal expert took care of the thousands of bees that had been busy building a huge hive in a Cypress woman’s front yard. One beekeeper told Cheryl Best that 100,000 bees were living in the hive. That all changed Friday with the help of bee expert Anthony Samilo. “We call this a tree hugger, bees that build on the sides of trees,” he said. “The bees are going to get plenty aggressive when I get up there, and they are probably going to attack anybody on the ground.” When the bees started to swarm, curious neighbors who were...
  • Over 30 million bees found dead in Elmwood, Canada

    07/03/2013 6:37:49 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 25 replies
    Shortly after 50,000 bees were found dead in an Oregon parking lot (read more here), a staggering 37 million bees have been found dead in Elmwood, Ontario, Canada.Dave Schuit, who runs a honey operation in Elmwood has lost 600 hives. He is pointing the finger at the insecticides known as neonicotinoids, which are manufactured by Bayer CropScience Inc. The loss comes after the planting of corn. Neonicotinoid pesticides are used to coat corn seed with air seeders, which result in blowing the pesticide dust into the air when planted. The death of millions of pollinators was studied by Purdue University....
  • Over 30 Million Bees Found Dead In Elmwood Canada

    07/03/2013 9:51:03 AM PDT · by Fawn · 109 replies
    Collective ^ | July 1 2013 | unknown
    Shortly after 50,000 bees were found dead in an Oregon parking lot (read more here), a staggering 37 million bees have been found dead in Elmwood, Ontario, Canada. Dave Schuit, who runs a honey operation in Elmwood has lost 600 hives. He is pointing the finger at the insecticides known as neonicotinoids, which are manufactured by Bayer CropScience Inc. This also comes after a recent report released by the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) that recorded its largest loss of honeybees ever. You can read more about that here. The European Union has stepped forward, having banned multiple pesticides that have...
  • Memorial to honor 50,000 bumble bees that died in Oregon parking lot

    06/28/2013 7:56:20 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 80 replies
    Fox News/AP ^ | June 28, 2013
    Fifty thousand bumblebees will be honored at a memorial Sunday in the same shopping center parking lot southwest of the Portland, Oregon, where most of the insects died earlier this month. Rozzell Medina, of Portland, said on a Facebook page that the event will "memorialize these fallen lifeforms and talk about the plight of the bees and their importance to life on Earth," The Oregonian reported.
  • Ingram Gets His Day In Court - Three Weeks Late (Bees, Illinois State Gov't Tyranny!!!)

    06/11/2013 6:47:50 PM PDT · by Renfield
    Prairie Advocate ^ | 4-27-2012 | Tom Kocal
    CLICK HERE FOR PART 2 - CLICK HERE FOR PART 3 - CLICK HERE FOR PART 4APRIL 27, 2012, APPLE RIVER, IL – The little town of Apple River in northeast Jo Daviess County, Illinois is the hometown of a big man - Terrence Ingram. Though not big in a physical sense, when it comes to saving the American Bald Eagle, there is hardly anyone in the United States held in higher regard than Ingram. His years of documented research and expertise regarding eagles and the work of the Eagle Nature Foundation, founded by Ingram, is in great part responsible...
  • Government Sex Education and More -- for the Birds [Snark intended]

    06/09/2013 10:47:26 AM PDT · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | June 9, 2013 | Dan Miller / Ima Librul
    More Federal studies and grants are needed and we can't wait. Editor's note: This is a guest post by the Very Honorable Ima Librul, Senator from the great State of Confusion Utopia. He recently explained some of his difficulties in growing pineapples and focuses here on other major problems and opportunities facing modern American society. We are privileged to have a post of this caliber by a quintessential Librul such as the Senator. He is a charter member of President Obama’s Go For It Team, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the Meretricious Relations Subcommittee. He is also...
  • Researchers find high-fructose corn syrup may be tied to worldwide collapse of bee colonies

    06/07/2013 5:49:19 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 51 replies
    (Phys.org) —A team of entomologists from the University of Illinois has found a possible link between the practice of feeding commercial honeybees high-fructose corn syrup and the collapse of honeybee colonies around the world. The team outlines their research and findings in a paper they've had published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers aren't suggesting that high-fructose corn syrup is itself toxic to bees, instead, they say their findings indicate that by eating the replacement food instead of honey, the bees are not being exposed to other chemicals that help the bees fight off toxins,...
  • US genetically modified wheat stokes fears, Japan cancels tender

    05/31/2013 8:44:34 AM PDT · by opentalk · 125 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 30, 2013 | Naveen Thukral and Risa Maeda
    - A strain of genetically modified wheat found in the United States fuelled concerns over food supplies across Asia on Thursday, with major importer Japan cancelling a tender offer to buy U.S. grain. Other top Asian wheat importers South Korea, China and the Philippines said they were closely monitoring the situation after the U.S. government found genetically engineered wheat sprouting on a farm in the state of Oregon. The strain was never approved for sale or consumption. Asian consumers are keenly sensitive to gene-altered food, with few countries allowing imports of such cereals for human consumption. However, most of the...
  • Illinois Illegally Seizes Bees Resistant to Monsanto's Roundup; Kills Remaining Queens

    05/28/2013 7:52:57 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 117 replies
    southmilwaukeenow.com ^ | May 27, 2013 | Kristan Harris
    The Illinois Ag Dept. illegally seized privately owned bees from renowned naturalist, Terrence Ingram, without providing him with a search warrant and before the court hearing on the matter, reports Prairie Advocate News. Behind the obvious violations of his Constitutional rights is Monsanto. Ingram was researching Roundup’s effects on bees, which he’s raised for 58 years. “They ruined 15 years of my research,” he told Prairie Advocate, by stealing most of hisstock.
  • Monsanto, Bayer Seek Answers to Bee Losses

    05/28/2013 7:41:22 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 70 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | May 20, 2013 | Carey Gillam
    Monsanto is hosting a "Bee Summit." Bayer AG is breaking ground on a "Bee Care Center." And Sygenta AG is funding grants for research into the accelerating demise of honeybees in the United States, where the insects pollinate fruits and vegetables that make up roughly a quarter of the American diet. The agrichemical companies are taking these initiatives at a time when their best-selling pesticides are under fire from environmental and food activists who say the chemicals are killing off millions of bees. .. Die-offs of bee populations have accelerated over the last few years to a rate the U.S....
  • Russia Warns Obama: Monsanto

    05/28/2013 6:56:17 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 149 replies
    http://topinfopost.com ^ | May 28th, 2013
    The shocking minutes relating to President Putin’s meeting this past week with US Secretary of State John Kerry reveal the Russian leaders “extreme outrage” over the Obama regimes continued protection of global seed and plant bio-genetic giants Syngenta and Monsanto in the face of a growing “bee apocalypse” that the Kremlin warns “will most certainly” lead to world war. According to these minutes, released in the Kremlin today by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation (MNRE), Putin was so incensed over the Obama regimes refusal to discuss this grave matter that he refused for three...
  • 'Beemageddon' Threatens US With Food Disaster

    05/07/2013 8:16:38 PM PDT · by Veggie Todd · 50 replies
    Russia Today ^ | May 7, 2013 | Unknown
    US honey bees have been dying by the tens of millions, with annual death rates of about 30 percent. With fewer bees to pollinate fruits and vegetables each year, 'beemageddon' may soon cause the collapse of the agriculture industry.
  • Insecticide firms in secret bid to stop ban that could save bees

    04/28/2013 5:07:12 AM PDT · by Renfield · 40 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 4-27-2013 | Damian Carrington
    Europe is on the brink of a landmark ban on the world's most widely used insecticides, which have increasingly been linked to serious declines in bee numbers. Despite intense secret lobbying by British ministers and chemical companies against the ban, revealed in documents obtained by the Observer, a vote in Brussels on Monday is expected to lead to the suspension of the nerve agents. Bees and other insects are vital for global food production as they pollinate three-quarters of all crops. The plummeting numbers of pollinators in recent years has been blamed on disease, loss of habitat and, increasingly, the...
  • Why Do G.M.O.’s Need Protection?

    04/10/2013 7:20:15 PM PDT · by opentalk · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 2, 2013 | Mark Bittman
    Genetic engineering in agriculture has disappointed many people who once had hopes for it. Excluding, of course, those who’ve made money from it, appropriately represented in the public’s mind by Monsanto. That corporation, or at least its friends, recently managed to have an outrageous rider slipped into the 587-page funding bill Congress sent to President Obama.[1] The rider essentially prohibits the Department of Agriculture from stopping production of any genetically engineered crop once it’s in the ground, even if there is evidence that it is harmful.
  • Swarm Of Bees Kill Young Pit Bull In North Hollywood

    03/17/2013 9:23:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 51 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | March 16, 2013 7:20 PM
    NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — A swarm of bees killed a 5-year-old female pit bull in North Hollywood Saturday. The attack occurred in the 11000 block of Cumpston Street. A tree in the neighborhood was being cut down and there was a bee hive inside the tree. When the bees got agitated they attacked the dog, named Babe. “Don’t provoke the bees, don’t throw anything at them,” warns exterminator Mason Denny. “Common sense you know.” The bee hive will be removed Sunday. No word on how large the swarm or hive is.
  • Nanoparticles Carrying Melittin Kill HIV [Bee Venom]

    03/12/2013 12:26:18 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    http://scitechdaily.com ^ | March 8, 2013 | by Staff
    n a newly published study, scientists from Washington University School of Medicine show how nanoparticles carrying melittin fuse with HIV, killing the virus and leaving surrounding cells unharmed. Nanoparticles carrying a toxin found in bee venom can destroy human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) while leaving surrounding cells unharmed, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown. The finding is an important step toward developing a vaginal gel that may prevent the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. “Our hope is that in places where HIV is running rampant, people could use this gel as a...
  • Plight of the bumblebee: Disappearance?

    03/03/2013 7:15:47 AM PST · by Renfield · 40 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 2-28-2013 | Beth Borenstein
    It's not just honey bees that are in trouble. The fuzzy American bumblebee seems to be disappearing in the Midwest. Two new studies in Thursday's journal Science conclude that wild bees like the American bumblebee are increasingly important in pollinating flowers and crops that provide us with food. And, at least in the Midwest, they seem to be dwindling in an alarming manner, possibly from disease and parasites. Wild bees are difficult to track, so scientists have had a hard time knowing what's happening to them. But because of one man in a small town in Illinois in the 1890s,...
  • Evidence of pesticide harm to bees is now swarming

    10/22/2012 4:55:15 PM PDT · by Renfield · 8 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | 10-22-2012 | damian carrington
    Yet more top-quality research shows current regulation is woefully inadequate in protecting the creatures that pollinate much of our food. Here we go again. Yet more research has been published in the world's most prestigious, peer-reviewed journals showing that extremely widely-used pesticides have very damaging effects on bees, yet the only response from the government is inaction. The new paper, published in Nature, shows that bumblebees foraging naturally and exposed to realistic doses of pesticides suffer in two key ways. First they are about twice as likely to die: two-thirds of the bees are lost when exposed to two pesticides...
  • Washington state’s first ‘zombie bees’ reported; parasite causes bees to fly erratically, die

    09/24/2012 9:26:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 24, 2012 | Associated Press
    SEATTLE — The infection is as grim as it sounds: “Zombie bees” have a parasite that causes them to fly at night and lurch around erratically until they die. And experts say the condition has crept into Washington state. “I joke with my kids that the zombie apocalypse is starting at my house,” said Mark Hohn, a novice beekeeper who spotted the infected insects at his suburban Seattle home. Hohn returned from vacation a few weeks ago to find many of his bees either dead or flying in jerky patterns and then flopping on the floor...
  • Bee swarm attacks Hillary Clinton

    08/06/2012 8:07:00 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 116 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6 Aug 2012 | Justin Sink
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's tour of Malawi had an inauspicious finale on Monday as she and her detail were targeted by a swarm of bees at the airport. Clinton and her detail were headed to board her plane at Kamuzu International Airport in the capital, Lilongwe, when a swarm of bees descended on the farewell gathering. According to press reports, Malawi and American officials scampered for cover while Clinton ran onto the jet for cover.
  • Swarm of Homeless Bees Claims Woman’s Bike

    08/01/2012 2:01:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    A swarm of relocating bees in southern Sweden chose to leave an overcrowded hive to squat on a bicycle parked on a central square in Kristianstad. Passers-by witnessed how bees were swarming around a bicycle at Kristianstad square Södertorg, reported local paper Kristianstadbladet. “Then the Queen arrived and they started to come in droves after that,” said Jan Ekdala, who became a witness to the event, to the paper. Ekdala watched as the bees started swarming over the bike, literally covering parts of it. “In only five minutes it was a gigantic bee-swarm,” Ekdala told the paper. He told the...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread Vol. 19 (Getting Projects Done) May 11, 2012

    05/11/2012 8:02:17 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 97 replies
    Friday, May 11, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    Good morning FRiends and fellow gardeners!! Here's wishing all mothers and grandmothers a very joyous and beautiful Mother's Day. We rock! It has been a very busy couple of weeks in my yard. Lots of projects going on and I was able to finish a few of them in between serious dumpings of rain. My rain gauge has registered just over 4" since Monday. We have a 50% chance of more by the first part of next week. Need to be harvesting wheat, but can't really be upset with the rain after the drought we experienced last year.A look...
  • Bees Drink Human Sweat, Tears

    05/04/2012 6:38:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 3, 2012
    What’s tastier than meat and cheese? Sweat and tears, for bees anyway. Though they’re not as popular as their honeybee cousins, sweat sucking and tear drinking bees are making a buzz in cities across the country. “They use humans as a salt lick,” John Ascher, who oversees the a database of 700,000 species of bee at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, told the Wall Street Journal. Ascher discovered Lasioglossum gotham, New York City’s very own sweat bee, while walking through Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. The tiny insects rarely sting and might even go unnoticed on a sweaty...
  • Save the Bees!

    04/19/2012 1:19:30 PM PDT · by Libertynotfree · 13 replies
    Natural Remedies Matter ^ | 04/19/2012 | Libertynotfree
    Over 1 million urge EPA to suspend use of pesticide harmful to bees, fix broken regulatory system (Washington, DC) Today, commercial beekeepers and environmental organizations filed an emergency legal petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend use of a pesticide that is linked to honey bee deaths, urging the agency to adopt safeguards. The legal petition, which specifies the pesticide clothianidin, is supported by over one million citizen petition signatures, targets the pesticide for its harmful impacts on honey bees. “EPA has an obligation to protect pollinators from the threat of pesticides,” said Jeff Anderson of California...
  • 2 Studies Point to Common Pesticide as a Culprit in Declining Bee Colonies

    03/29/2012 6:37:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 29, 2012 | CARL ZIMMER
    Scientists have been alarmed and puzzled by declines in bee populations in the United States and other parts of the world. They have suspected that pesticides are playing a part, but to date their experiments have yielded conflicting, ambiguous results. In Thursday’s issue of the journal Science, two teams of researchers published studies suggesting that low levels of a common pesticide can have significant effects on bee colonies. One experiment, conducted by French researchers, indicates that the chemicals fog honeybee brains, making it harder for them to find their way home. The other study, by scientists in Britain, suggests that...
  • Honeybee Deaths Linked to Corn Insecticides

    03/16/2012 7:27:42 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 69 replies
    What was killing all those honeybees in recent years? New research shows a link between an increase in the death of bees and insecticides, specifically the chemicals used to coat corn seeds. The study, titled "Assessment of the Environmental Exposure of Honeybees to Particulate Matter Containing Neonicotinoid Insecticides Coming from Corn Coated Seeds," was published in the American Chemical Society's Environmental Science & Technology journal, and provides insight into colony collapse disorder.
  • Bee hive stolen from Haven restaurant over the weekend

    03/13/2012 9:28:17 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 24 replies
    abclocal.go.com ^ | 13 Mar 2012 | Miya Shay
    HOUSTON - Workers at a Houston restaurant are left dumbfounded after a strange theft. Honeybees and their hive are missing...and they didn't just fly away. Haven chef Randy Evans explained how bees help pollinate the Meyer lemon trees at the restaurant the Upper Kirby district; that is, until the entire hive was stolen from his restaurant's garden early Saturday morning. "Someone had to know what they were doing. They came when it was dark, cold and raining, the most inactive time for bees," said Evans. Surveillance video captured a truck rolling into Haven restaurant's parking lot just before 6am. The...
  • Adventure-Seeking Bees Are A Lot Like Us: study

    03/10/2012 8:03:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    The Malaysian Insider ^ | March 11, 2012
    Some bees love a good adventure while others prefer to hang out at the hive, and a new analysis of bee brains suggests some of the same chemicals that affect human personality could explain why. Honey bees are known to have a structured society in which different bees serve different tasks — some work as nurses while others forage for food, for example. But within these ranks, it appears that bees have different personalities, said the study in the journal Science that examined the difference between nest scouts that forage for new food sources and those that do not. ³There...
  • Flea's giant leap for mankind

    10/13/2005 11:58:35 PM PDT · by sourcery · 11 replies · 588+ views
    Sunday Morning Herald ^ | October 13, 2005 | Richard Macey
    Fleas use it to perform leaps that would make Olympic high jumpers green with envy. Bees use it to flap their wings without tiring. Now Australian scientists have achieved a world first by copying resilin, the "rubber" insects employ to accomplish such athletic feats. Future versions of the material could be used to make resilient spare parts, including spinal discs and artificial arteries. Chris Elvin, from CSIRO Livestock Industries in Brisbane, spent four years reproducing nature's "near perfect rubber". Dr Elvin said yesterday: "Nature had a couple of hundred million years of evolution do it. All insects have it. It...
  • Save our bees: scientists reveal the plants that could halt bee decline

    02/19/2012 6:43:34 PM PST · by ColdOne · 5 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 2/19/12 | Richard Gray
    n contrast some geranium species, which are a favourite among gardeners, are barely ever visited by the insects and popular types of Dahlia such as the cactus Tahiti and pom pom shaped Dahlia Franz Kafka were found to be poor at providing food for foraging bees. In the UK honey bee numbers have halved in the past 25 years while numbers of bumblebees have fallen by around 60 per cent since 1970 with three species going extinct and seven suffering serious declines. The researchers hope their work can help reverse the decline in many bee species by allowing gardeners to...
  • Miami Man Found Dead in Room of Swarming Bees

    11/07/2011 1:45:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Sunday, Nov 6, 2011 | Lisa Orkin Emmanuel
    It appeared as if the man died while trying to duct tape a hole in the wall so the bees wouldn't get out: CopsA Miami man was found dead in a room of his house with his body surrounded by about 60,000 swarming bees, authorities said Sunday. Miami Police said the man, who wasn't identified by authorities, was on a ladder trying to duct tape a hole in the wall where he had seen bees, and when the bees flew out of the wall, he got startled, fell and died. The man had been renovating a house that has been...
  • Dog Owner Saw "Tornado of Bees"

    11/02/2011 12:53:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Wednesday, Nov 2, 2011 | Nicole Gonzales
    Thousands of bees attacked three dogs, killing oneThousands of bees swarmed three dogs in Chula Vista Tuesday, killing one and leaving two in need of medical care. Carissa Musaraca describes what she saw to NBC 7 San Diego's Nicole Gonzales. Two dogs are clinging to life in Chula Vista after thousands of bees attacked them. A third dog died. A homeowner on Ocala Avenue says she went outside just before 2 p.m. after hearing her dogs making a noise. She says her dogs were covered in “thousands and thousands” of bees. “It looked like a tornado of bees. I couldn't...
  • BENEDICT XVI RECEIVES HALF MILLION BEES

    09/23/2011 12:57:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Zenit ^ | September 22, 2011
    VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 21, 2011 (Zenit.org).- What is the proper gift for a Pope on the Day for the Protection of Creation? According to the Italian agricultural group Coldiretti, it's about a half million bees.Italy's largest farming association gave Benedict XVI eight beehives containing more than 500,000 bees last Sunday.The beehives will be kept at the pontifical farm of Castel Gandolfo, where they will be used in pollination and the production of honey (some 617 pounds a year).Coldiretti explained that bees "play a vital role in the planet's ecosystem and their disappearance would have disastrous consequences for health and the...
  • Four hospitalized after bee attack in Santa Ana

    09/16/2011 7:39:20 AM PDT · by fruser1 · 10 replies · 1+ views
    LA Times ^ | September 15, 2011 | Howard Blume
    Four people were hospitalized Thursday after a bee attack in Santa Ana, authorities said. The attack prompted the Santa Ana Fire Department to close a square block of an industrial area around the scene at 2610 S. Orange Ave. It was the second time recently that bees have forced a small-scale evacuation after they chased and attacked people near their hive. The latest episode unfolded shortly before noon when bystanders attempted to rescue a man in a wheelchair who was being stung repeatedly, said Santa Ana Fire Capt. Steve Snyder. It took several attempts to rescue the stricken man. ...didn’t...