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5
Nov

Manuals for monitoring, identifying, collecting, processing, and curating bee specimen

http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/nativebees/Handy%20Bee%20Manual/Handy%20Bee%20Manual.pdf

http://bio2.elmira.edu/fieldbio/hand     ybeemanual.html

7
Oct

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.
buzz pollination

5
Sep

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.

 

 

29
Aug

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.

NYT pic

11
Aug

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.

Sam Droege picwild bee pic

7
Aug

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.
mason bee snail shell