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Posts from the ‘Beginning Beekeeping’ Category


Buzz Pollination and the Electric Charge of Pollen Grains

Physics plays a stronger component in nature than most realize.  This article discusses the possibility that buzz pollination behavior seen in eight different species of bumble bee may involve the triboelectric charge of the pollen grains they forage.
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Beehive Monitoring Study Invitation

Apiara Hive Technologies is conducting a FREE hive monitoring study.  They are looking for 25 participants whose farms fall under the category of “small to Mid-size farms” to test new technology in the realm of apiculture.  More details can be found on the invitation linked above.




Our Bees, Ourselves

This article from the New York Times discusses the current state of Honey bee populations worldwide, focusing on the dramatic losses that have been seen in population numbers.

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With Honey Bee Population Numbers Continuously Decreasing, Wild Bees Come Into the Limelight

Sam Droege, native bee guru and Wildlife Biologist from the USGS, is helping lead the charge to find supplemental pollinators, as a result of the decline in Honey Bee numbers.  Read how Droege is leading the creation of a national inventory of wild bees, which could eventually be used to save American agriculture.

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Snail shell-nesting mason bees

This podcast from BBC Radio discusses the preferred nesting place of a specific species of mason bees – vacant snail shells.
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Bees Use an Unlikely Resource to Help Build Nests

Scott MacIvor and Andrew Moore have found that Bees are using an unlikely resource to help construct their nests – plastic.  Their research has found that two species of megachilid bees have started using plastic, independently of one another, for nest construction.  The full article is available here courtesy of the ESA.
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